The Zero Stress Guide to Kitchens


What You Need To Know Before You Buy a Kitchen

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Flooring for your kitchen

Top tips

  • Lay new flooring once old kitchen is stripped out
  • Choose material to suit your lifestyle
  • Eco options available

If you are planning new flooring the best time to lay it is immediately after the old kitchen has been stripped out and all plumbing and electrical work is completed.

Kitchen floors need to withstand substantial wear and tear as well as spills so whatever material you choose will have to be tough. And the more wear it is likely to get, the tougher it needs to be.

If you have small children you might feel it important to choose a warm flooring material (or have under floor heating). You may seek an environmentally friendly covering. Whatever surface you choose it makes sense to lay the whole area as the additional cost of material used under units is insignificant compared to the time it takes to cut around them.

There is a wide choice of materials including:


Hardwood floors, although relatively expensive, are warm underfoot, look smart and are highly durable. Wood is available in plank, strip or parquet options and in differing widths and thickness. Solid or engineered wood options are available – prices will depend on the grade of the wood, which is determined by how clear or variegated its appearance. Whichever type of wood you choose always check that it has come from a sustainable source.


Wood-effect laminate flooring is an interlocking system that uses the tongue and groove method to join individual planks. This can be done either by glueing the planks or clipping them together using one of a number of dry joint methods. A melamine resin finish gives laminate great durability, plus wear, stain and UV light resistance.

Laminate flooring


An environmentally-friendly choice, Marmoleum is a natural product made from linseed oil, woodflour, pine rosin, jute and limestone. Hygienic and anti-static, easy to clean and hardwearing, Marmoleum comes in a wide range of colours and designs. It lasts for many years but – good news for the consumer with a conscience – when it is eventually discarded it is completely biodegradable.

Lino tiles

The composition of linoleum is similar to Marmoleum but lino tiles have a backing made of polyester and glass.


Although many people use the terms vinyl and linoleum interchangeably, vinyl is actually a synthetic product. It provides a very hard-wearing surface and is available in a wider range of styles, colours and textures than any other floor covering.


Another eco option – cork is a natural and renewable material harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree without damaging or felling the tree. Cork flooring can be stained in a variety of colours and can be supplied with a natural, acrylic, hard wax or PVC finish. The latter is the most durable. It is a sound and thermal insulator, retains its shape, is warm to the touch, and comfortable to walk on.


This is a cold and hard material but it provides an industrial look that is in keeping with some ultra-modern kitchens. It is non-porous, easy to maintain and can be stained.


Ceramic, slate, marble, terracotta, stone, mosaic and porcelain – all these natural materials with their unique markings make a definite style statement. They are clean, hygienic and durable enough to last a lifetime. Maintenance is as straightforward as an occasional wipe-over.




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