Updated: Oct 19, 2021
Kitchens are high-traffic areas and kitchen floors come into contact with water, steam and food spillages, so the kitchen flooring requires a hardworking surface that withstands regular staining, water spills and temperature fluctuations for high traffic area. Wood-look flooring is about achieving the beauty of natural wood but without any maintenance issues.
As kitchen is an important space for cooking, socialising and entertaining, so the flooring must be durable, hardwearing and easy to clean. From farmhouse style to contemporary style, homeowners have endless options for customising their kitchens.
When planning a flooring project in your home, you must first decide on the material and style you want to install.
Floor tiles come in a range of natural and manmade materials and finishes, from glossy to matte to textured, bringing a range of visual effects that compliment traditional or contemporary kitchens. They are a great kitchen flooring option for luxury designs.
Plastic flooring is a cheaper flooring solution and also brings comfort to your kitchen.
Wood flooring brings warmth and texture to a kitchen, especially in a period home.
1. Natural Stone
Covering everything from limestone, marble, granite and slate.
Limestone is sedimentary rock primarily made of minerals such as calcite and aragonite. Travertine is a form of banded limestone.
Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock, quarried and cut into slabs and tiles, providing a visually appealing effect with a diversity of choice to work with.
Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar and plagioclase.
Slate is a fine-grained, foliated, homogeneous metamorphic rock derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism.
Heat insulator, working well with underfloor heating
Heavy in weight
Cold to touch
2. Polished Concrete
Thermal insulator that absorbs heat during the day and release it at night.
Reflect the light, making a space look bigger.
3. Poured Resin
Easy to clean
Prone to scratches
Prone to staining
4. Porcelain Tiles
Porcelain comes from a refined clay which is fired at very high temperatures.
Pricier than ceramic tiles
5. Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic is formed with clay, which is the heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant material, and then hardened by firing at a high temperature and finished by glazing.
Water and Stain Resistance
Cold to Touch
Heavy in Weight
Cork is a natural flooring option that comes from cork trees.
Flexible and soft
Environmentally friendly and sustainable
Mold and mildew resistance
Prone to water damage
Fade over time.
Damaged by heavy use.
Linoleum flooring, also called lino flooring, is a flooring covering made from materials that are recyclable and renewable. It is a great alternative to vinyl flooring.
Very durable. Lino flooring can last up to 40 years with proper care.
Holding colours and patterns extremely well.
Zero VOCs emission
Eco-friendly material. It is biodegradable and non-toxic which means that a linoleum flooring is safe for your health. It can also be recycled.
Little maintenance. It only requires occasional sweeping and mopping.
Susceptible to moisture
Slippery. New waxed linoleum flooring can be slippery.
Can get dent by high heels and furniture legs
Rubber flooring is a long-lasting resilient material that lasts an average of 20 years.
It comes in rolls, mats and tiles.
Flexibility and durability
Water and stain resistance
Versatility. It comes in a variety of colours and options
Sustainability. It is harvested from rubber sap that comes out of rubber trees.
Smell in the first couple of months after installation
Vinyl flooring, also known as PVC, is a synthetic plastic material that mimics hardwood and natural stone very well. It comes in planks, sheets and tiles.
Water resistance. It works well in damp areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and basements.
Pet safe due to scratch resistance
Easy to install
Easy to clean and maintain
Excellent value for money. It is the half price of wood flooring solution.
Highly mimic effect of stone and wood. It comes in variety of looks.
Withstand high levels of foot traffic
Fade in the sun. It is vulnerable to sunlight exposure.
Doesn't add value to your home. Vinyl doesn't last a lifetime that wood flooring would.
Can be damaged by sharp and heavy things due to its soft surface.
Hard to remove
Hard to repair
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic plastic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. It is a composite flooring material that lasts for 25 years and alternative to solid hardwood flooring. Its surface looks like hardwood and natural stone. The laminate surface finishes include solid coloured, gloss, matt, textured, embossed, leather, metallic finishes, etc.
Easy to install
Easy to clean and maintain
Susceptible to moisture damage
Hard and noisy underfoot. Laminate flooring does not absorb sound well and can have a hollow sound when you walk on it, particularly high heels.
11. Engineered Wood
Engineered wood is man-made wood that is formed by binding soft or hard wood waste like veneers, fibres, boards, etc. with adhesive. It comes in a variety of finishes, such as oiled, brushed and oiled, UV oiled, lacquered, satin lacquered, matt lacquered, brush and lacquered, UV lacquered, hand scraped, whitewashed, smoked, stained, and unfinished.
Moisture resistance and temperature fluctuations. It can be great to be installed in kitchens because it doesn't expand and contract like solid wood.
Diversity. It comes in a variety of looks and colours.
Installation over under floor heating
Prone to cracks and wraps. It lacks the expanding or contracting feature of solid wood
Prone to decay
12. Solid Wood
Hardwood is cut from angiosperm, such as oak. mahogany, ash, beech and birch. It is typically used in furniture and flooring.
Timeless and classic look
Available in different varieties of species, colours and patterns
Value booster for resale
Better indoor air quality
Good acoustics. It can absorb sound very well.
Sustainability. Solid wood is biodegradable, which means it is good to the environment.
Kid-friendly option. Solid wood is good for babies because it is non-toxic and harmless.
Prone to water damage and mould. In humid and wet environment, solid wood-floor tends to expand.
Scratches. Floor can be easily scratched if you have pet at home.
Prone to termite attack
Limited usage. Solid wood is not suitable in the areas with moisture.
Cupping and crowning due to the moisture content intrusion. Wood can extend. The expansion results in damaging the board’s edges.
Clicking and creaking noises
High maintenance. Solid wood flooring needs to be polished every three or four years.