The Zero Stress Guide to Kitchens

 
 

What You Need To Know Before You Buy a Kitchen

 
     
  Request Brochure for Conservatories, Kitchens or Windows  
   
 
Home Conservatories Kitchens Windows
 
     
   

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:

Wood

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.

Laminate

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

Marmoleum

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.

Vinyl

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.

Cork

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.

Concrete

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

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.

 tilesCeramic

 

   
     
 
     
   

Home | Conservatories | Kitchens | Windows

Click here for a Conservatory Quote

For more Zero Stress Guides visit: www.ZeroStressGuides.com

Zero Stress Guides - Providing you with information, advice and quote requests.

Please note: All calls may be recorded or monitored for quality and training purposes.

The Zero Stress Guides
The No-Excuses Guides to Zero Stress Home Improvements

Quotatis Ltd
Suite 1, Joseph King House, Abbey Farm Commercial Park, Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, NR10 3JU
Tel: 08448 044 344 - International: +44 1603 899910 - Fax: 01603 899919
Registered in England 05643725

Copyright © Quotatis Ltd. All rights reserved