What Should You Look for in Kitchen Flooring?

As the heart of your home, your kitchen receives more traffic than the rest of the house combined. But this natural popularity also makes kitchen flooring susceptible to accelerated wear and tear caused by stains, dents, and scratches. This is arguably why kitchens are the one of the most commonly remodeled areas of the home. But what should you look for in kitchen flooring? In our opinion, there are only two qualities you should put at the top of your priority list: durability and easy cleanup.

 

What Should You Look for in Kitchen Flooring?

 

Long Lasting Flooring Options for Kitchens

Floating Laminate Flooring: Because of its scratch resistant nature, floating laminate is one of the most popular kitchen flooring options in Australia. Thousands of designs and colours are now available, allowing fans of traditional hardwood to enjoy the classic look of timber without exceeding their budget. Some examples of these realistic laminate planks include classics like the Quick-Step Largo Blackbutt and the Clix Rustic Dark Brown.

Tile Flooring: Although we’re not huge fans of tile (due to cracking issues and its hard surface), it’s worth adding to our list of options. Homeowners who install tile in their kitchen often do so because of its ability to withstand scratches, moisture, and stains. On the downside, however, tile is significantly harder than other flooring surfaces. As such, it’s often a better choice for families with grown children.

Vinyl Plank Flooring: Although vinyl is slightly softer than laminate flooring, it still provides an easy to clean surface that can last up to 10 years. Like floating laminate floors, vinyl planks also have the ability to mimic the appearance of solid timber flooring with requiring a substantial budget. Because vinyl may be scratched by wear and tear, we recommend using a lighter plank like the Hurford Mica in your kitchen.

Timber Flooring: For homeowners who want lasting value from their floor and don’t mind cleaning spills quickly and diligently, a solid timber floor may be the right choice for you. Available in dozens of warming colors and eye-popping grain patterns, timber floors can last over 50 years. Because of this longevity, they’re one of the most financially sound flooring investments a homeowner can make. Warming plank styles like Jarrah are able to bring a cozy feel into even the most contemporary kitchen, while cool-toned planks like French Oak can make small kitchen spaces seem larger. To keep your timber floor beautiful for decades, soak up spills immediately, and sweep, mop, or vacuum regularly for general maintenance.

Each of these floor coverings will last you ten years or more with proper care and maintenance. Although timber and tile compete for the longest lifetime, hardwood is softer underfoot and can create illusions of warmth throughout your living space thanks to its natural tones. If you need a quick and affordable installation, however, vinyl or floating laminate flooring can often fit limited budgets while helping you create a beautiful living space. For more information about picking the right floor for you, contact our experts today.

3 Office Flooring Options You Will Love

Have you been spending too much time looking through office flooring options? Unless you’re an interior designer, picking the perfect office floor for any business can be quite difficult. After all, which materials are most affordable, but don’t compromise quality? Today, we’ll take a look at some basic tips every property manager should consider before selecting ‘the perfect’ commercial floor.

3 Office Flooring Options You Will Love

Option 1) Vinyl Plank Flooring

Unless you were a design expert, it would be difficult to tell the difference between vinyl and traditional timber flooring. Although vinyl has about half the life expectancy of solid timber flooring, it’s a perfect option for offices that need a hardwearing floor that will last a long time. Thanks to the advanced printing technology now used to create floors like the Hurford Cinabar, you can install sophisticated commercial flooring on a tight budget.

Option 2) Solid Timber Flooring

Hardwood flooring is timeless, sophisticated, and inherently durable. When it comes to commercial flooring, it’s difficult to find a floor with a better long-term Return on Investment (ROI). Unlike many other types of floors, solid timber planks can last for decades. Not only does this allow you to focus on your business rather than interior upgrades, you’ll only need a new floor once every 20 + years. Because other commercial flooring options (like vinyl and carpet) will only last up to 15 years, you’ll save money in the long run by investing in a long lasting floor.

Option 3) Cork Flooring

Next to bamboo, cork flooring is one of the most sustainable office flooring options available. Although it’s best known for being used as a wine bottle stopper, it has been used successfully since the 1800’s, and generated roughly $300,000 in revenue from flooring and wall coverings. But this eco-friendly product is good for more than just establishing an environmentally sound company. Cork flooring is also an excellent alternative for three additional reasons:

  • A Timber Look Alike: The aesthetics of cork planks are very similar to solid timber, giving it a refined and sophisticated look that makes even the oldest office look more polished. One example of Cork’s resemblance to real timber is the lightly toned ReadyCork Vita Oak Antique plank, which looks strikingly similar to wood flooring.
  • A Natural Sound Cushion: Because it’s naturally able to mask the sound of footfall and dropped objects, cork flooring is a remarkable option for office environments that value a quiet work environment.
  • Hypoallergenic: As an employer or office manager, maintaining the health standards of your building is a constant battle. Unlike carpeting (which is commonly used in offices), cork flooring is hypoallergenic. Not only does this mean it will be better suited towards workers with allergies, it will also help to cut down on sicknesses caused by dust and debris locked in the flooring.

 

So, which of these office flooring options are best for your building? Vinyl flooring is a good option for businesses that need a quick and easy solution to their current floor, or are on a limited budget. Timber flooring is perfect for a long-term investment, and may add value to the property depending on the real estate market in your area. Finally, cork flooring can be used in place of timber if allergies or environmental consciousness is a primary concern during your renovation. If you have any further questions about picking the right type of flooring for your building, or need information on a specific type of plank style, contact us today for immediate assistance.