A kitchen’s floor has many important functions: not only does it have to hold up all the foot traffic (which can be pretty intense depending on the number of people in your home and the frequency with which they visit the kitchen), they also have to withstand a lot of abuse, including dropped cutlery, plates and many other things. They also have to survive accidental food and water spills, some of which may contain slightly corrosive materials such as food based acids.
All of the above reasons are enough for you to understand just how critical is it to choose a good floor material for your kitchen. Given below are some popular choices, with both benefits and downsides mentioned for an easier time when it comes to selecting one.
Porcelain Tiles – Porcelain withstands a lot of abuse, including being almost immune to any kind of dents and scratches, making it a good choice as a kitchen flooring material. It is also good when it comes to water resistance. The major downside, though, is the fact that porcelain tiles can be quite hard to install, making them unsuitable for any DIY projects.
Ceramic Tiles – Although not as tough as porcelain tiles, regular ceramic tiles still hold up well when it comes to durability alone. The good thing is that what ceramic tiles sacrifice to porcelain ones in durability more than make it up when it comes to ease of installation. They can also cost a little less, which is yet another factor to consider about.
Laminate – Laminate floors are yet another good choice if you are looking for sturdy flooring materials. These artificial floors can also mimic many other natural materials, including timber and ceramic, to make the place look appealing. Timber laminate flooring is generally quite hard (even too hard for some people), making it hard to scratch, but it can also become quite slippery when wet, which is not ideal.
Engineered Wood – Engineered flooring is another type of artificial flooring, but compared to other types, it actually uses a lot of real wood in its construction. This gives it a similar feel and characteristics to real wooden floors, albeit at slightly lower costs. Due to this, they hold up nicely over time, but not as much as other types of floors. The real wood layer itself is prone to getting scratched quite a lot.
Rubber – Rubber floors are a little unconventional, but they are extremely comfortable to the touch and are resistant to almost any kind of stains. They are non-slippery, even when wet, making them an ideal fit for any kitchen out there. The downside to all of these advantages is the fact that the smell of rubber may not be tolerated that well by everyone.