How do you select a material able to meet these superhero requirements? Here is our guide to selecting the perfect floor for your new kitchen design.
Stone is a hard wearing, durable surface that is easy to clean and maintain, though this can vary depending on the type you select. Some are more prone to chipping and some can be less impervious to stains. Typical stone materials include limestone, travertine, and slate. It is a natural material that gives the floor a unique appearance, but can be cool so you may want to add radiant underfloor heating.
Tiles are available in a variety of materials like porcelain or ceramic, or even in a wood effect that gives the appearance of wood floors. They can be found in a range of shapes and sizes, and are generally easy to clean and maintain. Remember that grout lines are an integral part of tile floors, so check out the maintenance requirements for your grout selection too.
Wood is popular for creating a warm, welcoming space and giving the room a luxurious feel. Wood can be tricky in a kitchen where you are prone to spills and splashes, so make sure you understand the maintenance required to protect against moisture and scratching.
Vinyl has come a long way and can now mimic almost any surface. This man-made material is water resistant, generally easy to install, and inexpensive. Linoleum, on the other hand, is an all-natural surface available in almost any color and can be cut to form unique patterns. Both materials are easy to maintain and more budget friendly, though they are not as hard wearing as some other materials.
Other possible materials include laminate wood, bamboo, concrete, cork, carpet, and more.