Kitchen floors

Are you thinking to renovate your kitchen floor? When choosing a floor you should take into account the aesthetic and decorative appearance, as well as a floor that suits the use your needs. Nowadays the kitchen is the most populated and frequented area at home, where we spend most of our time.  In addition it is a functional and practical area; where it should also be warm and friendly.

There are many types of kitchens floors, some more durable or more fragile than others, some cheaper or more expensive with a simpler or more complicated maintenance.

Here are some examples that may help you in your selection;

Ceramic tiles have traditionally been the most used in the kitchen floors, with a low rate of water absorption, capacity and hardness. They are well known for their durability and resistance to cold, heat, moisture and chemicals, they also have great sanitary and anti-allergic properties.

The maintenance like porcelain, is easy and accommodating, with many specialized products available for the maintenance of this type of tile.

Another positive point that has made them extremely popular has been the competitive price and the huge variety of styles and finishes available.

Kitchen floors tiles

Porcelain kitchen floors tiles are another choice in kitchens for their qualities, which are low porosity and low water absorption, they are difficult to scratch with a high resistance to moisture, temperature changes and wear and tear over time ensuring continued durability.

Also, the decorative possibilities are many as there is a wide range of finishes for this material. You can find porcelain tiles that look like wood, marble, stone, cement or even concrete.

All of these attributes helps to make it one of the most common materials for quality, technical and aesthetics. Again the daily maintenance of porcelain floors is easy and simple and it can be cleaned with any product.

Natural stone flooring such as travertine, marble, slate or granite are a luxury product. The price can be very high although it is true that the beauty of the result is virtually unsurpassable and unique, as each block is different with delicate and natural variations in tone.

Tip! If you have under floor heating is very good option, because the stone is a material that works great as a heat conductor.

Silestone floors for kitchens is another alternative which you can use for kitchen floors. The high durability and resistance to impact is a massive plus especially as the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. It also has high resistance to stains, and scratches with a low fluid absorption. It also has anti bacterial properties.

It is very versatile as it appears in a variety of colours and different textures and formats.

If there is a flooring material with extraordinary technical properties, this is Dekton. It is anti- abrasive, flexural, reduces the need for grouts and is resistant to both ice and high temperatures. Due to its low porosity it is great against everyday stains, splashes, drops and hydrolysis and is available in a variety of formats. The Perfect choice for your kitchen floor.

part of floor, kitchen furniture and oven

If you would like a modern kitchen with an industrial touch, maybe this could be an option. In addition to its modern style, Microcemento is a good choice for its functionality, it´s easy to clean and water resistant.

It is important that this installation is done by qualified professional, as the technique is a bit complicated. The professional must first prepare the surface where the Microcemento will be layed, which is essential for a successful installation. In fact one of the common problems that occurs without a professional installation is cracks caused by the lack of grouting in the lining, which as result causing stress due to movements in the base on which it is applied.

This type of flooring stands out for several reasons; easy to assemble, clean, warm look, competitive prices with a wide range of finishes on offer. Nowadays not only we can find wood looking tiles but also imitation ceramic or slate.

The finish is laminated which not only aids wear but also protects from stains, dirt or mud. Cleaning and maintenance is simpler than that of parquet. However when laminate flooring is damaged or scratches begin to appear, it is not easily repaired and will require replacement. Please be aware the grouts are also a weak point of these floors.

VINYL

A good quality vinyl is an ideal option if you have a tight budget. They can imitate a lot of surfaces and offer a huge variety of decorative styles.

They are easy to replace in case of damage and can offer a cheaper ´nice touch material´. On the other hand with time and use the adhesive tends to rise, and is easily scratched and can be damaged by sharp objects and if exposed to strong light may lose colour.

Their placement is not overcomplicated, however for an optimal final result it´s advisable that a professional should previously check the ground where it will be installed in order to apply a levelling compound if necessary. The life of this type of coating is very short.

dining room with table and four chairs with windows in the background and white bookshelf. avocado colored kitchen floor

LINOLEUM

This material is similar to vinyl but unlike vinyl which is synthetic, linoleum is made from natural materials.

It´s qualities however are it´s impermeability, easy cleaning and durability. Vinyl is antibacterial and biodegradable and is available in a wide range of patterns, designs and colours.

With Vinyl care must be taken with high temperatures and hot objects, Vinyl can be easily deformed in areas of moisture accumulation. Sharp materials can break the surface and it is easily scratched. Colour can also suffer over time under the influence of the sun.