Three kitchen flooring mistakes to avoid

If you are planning to redesign your kitchen, or if the room needs a facelift, flooring is a key component. Don’t skimp on quality as this could be an expensive mistake. There are three areas to consider.

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1. Wear and tear

When considering new flooring, this is the key issue, and is where you could make the most expensive mistakes. Buy a cheap flooring, and you may have to replace sooner than you would ideally like to. The kitchen is a special case when it comes to wear and tear. Think about where those heavy appliances will be standing on the floor, such as cupboards, dishwasher and washing machine. In a larger kitchen you may have a heavy wooden table. Also think about the fact that your dishwasher and washing machine may occasionally leak. If you cook a lot, there are bound to be spillages. Even if you eat a lot of takeaways, grease will be in the air and will stick to everything, including the floor. Don’t choose a floor that will peel and crack causing trip hazards.

Non-DIY enthusiasts should seek out a reliable tradesman. Have a look at the guidelines for choosing someone reliable. This article in the Guardian is a good start.

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2. Ease of cleaning

You don’t want to spend all your time cleaning the floor, so think about textures and products which make life easier. A laminate suitable for the kitchen is a good choice, as are ceramic tiles. With the latter, it is best to go for big tiles, so that there is less grouting per square foot. Hygiene is a big factor here, so have a look at flooring which can be cleaned easily with modern gadgets such as a steam mop.

Engineered flooring has a real wood top layer for durability. You can find plenty of choice from a company such as

3. Adaptability

This is the third pitfall. Don’t get carried away and choose flooring in a colour which will not look as good if you ever repaint your walls or change the colour of the cupboards or other furnishings. Neutral shades such as grey and natural wood are the most flexible. Forget about those multi-coloured Tuscan tiles you have fallen in love with. You may be bored with them in a couple of years.


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