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    Choosing a kitchen floor

    Summary: Advice for choosing a kitchen floor, comparing the different types of kitchen floors.

    If you are renovating your entire kitchen it is best to lay your flooring after the plumbing and electrical work has been carried out.

    When choosing flooring, consider the ambiance you wish to create. If you want the room to seem lighter and more spacious, choose light coloured flooring with a high gloss. Darker, matt shades offer warmth and intimacy, and can offer a striking contrast in a modern kitchen. Bright colours can be a feature in a small kitchen but may be overpowering in a large room.

    Compare kitchen floor materials

    Stone and wood are durable and stylish materials and can suit either classic or contemporary kitchens. Bamboo flooring requires less maintenance than natural hardwood floorboards and is less easily damaged by water. Stone can be slippery unless you choose a textured surface. Flagstones or cast concrete imitation flagstones have natural clefts to aid grip. Hard stones like Slate and Quarzite have a rough surface and are very durable. Soft stones like Limestone and Travertine should be sandblasted to add texture and must be sealed. Tumbled stone with irregular rough-cut edges creates a rustic look, whilst polished stone has straight edges and is easier to lay.

    A cheap alternative to stone in contemporary kitchens, which is becoming fashionable, is to cover the floor in polished concrete.

    Synthetic materials are also popular and require no maintenance. Laminate flooring is available in imitation wood or stone with a waterproof finish. Non-slip vinyl strips, tiles or sheets are also easy to clean and can be cushioned for comfort and insulation. Cheaper products can be prone to scratching so choose a supplier who provides a guarantee against damage and staining.

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