If there’s anywhere in the home that needs a practical, durable flooring solution, it must surely be the kitchen.
In order to withstand the heavy duty traffic and daily wear and tear inflicted by kids and pets, durable flooring is the way to go – it’s stain and waterproof, scratch and dent resistant, and easy to keep clean. But which surface material is the most suitable?
I spoke to a luxury kitchen design company in Brighton (link below) to get the lowdown on 3 of the hardest kitchen floors: ceramic and porcelain tiles, natural stone and polished concrete.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles
Porcelain tiles are very resilient – a super practical and virtually maintenance free hard flooring solution for your kitchen. The tiles are fired at high temperatures to produce an extremely hard, stain resistant surface that is impervious to moisture and very difficult to chip or scratch. In fact, porcelain tiles are so durable that they can be used outdoors in most climates.
There’s a wealth of colours, patterns and textures to choose from including the latest designs that imitate wood, concrete, leather and more. Porcelain has a reflective quality that can make your kitchen look larger and brighter. It’s hygienic and non-porous and a great low-maintenance solution for any kitchen.
Ceramic tiles tend to be cheaper than porcelain since they’re not as hard wearing, but they come in a similarly huge range of shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Tiles are either glazed or unglazed, with the unglazed versions taking on the colour of the clay mixture which gives them a naturally more earthy tone. Ceramic tiles are easier to chip and crack, which is why it is even more important to install them on a flat, solid floor. Damaged tiles are unrepairable and will need replacing.