Thinking of redecorating your kitchen? While it can be fun to trawl Instagram and Pinterest for perfectly kitted out-kitchens and get lost in the small detail, the flooring is perhaps one of the most important things to consider when giving your kitchen a makeover. After all, it’ll have to withstand being stood on for hours on end, having all kinds of food and drink spilt over it, and being cleaned with various disinfectants over the years.
Wooden flooring can help to create a rustic, homely vibe, but it can be expensive and it isn’t always practical for use in kitchens.
Laminate vs Vinyl
There are two incredibly impressive alternatives to hardwood – laminate and vinyl tiles. There is a huge debate in the flooring world about which is more beneficial, but ultimately, they’re both just as good as each other! However, there are several subtle differences between laminate and vinyl flooring to consider when thinking when choosing flooring for your new kitchen.
Laminate consists of layers of ply moulded together using a laminate process. The main layer is made using a high density fibreboard, which is incredibly sturdy and durable – ideal for homes with children and pets.
As it can be assembled following the quick and easy installation process, ‘click-loc’, you can save on the cost of hiring a professional to lay your flooring. Another advantage of laminate flooring is the variety of different designs available, ranging from darker colours that provide a warm aesthetic, to lighter shades that can make a room seem larger than it actually is.
However, if laminate flooring is fitted in areas of high moisture or humidity, it can become damaged over a longer period of time, so it’s probably not the best option for your new kitchen.
Luxury vinyl tiles
Vinyl tiles are made using polyvinyl chloride, otherwise known as PVC. This material has a firm but slightly elasticated structure, allowing it to move and contract while preventing it from cracking.
Unlike laminate flooring, it has excellent water resistance, so it won’t discolour or warp in high moisture areas. However, it does benefit from the same fitting system as laminate (although it can also be fitted using a self-adhesive glued process) and it also comes in a range of different designs and shades.
So, what’s the difference?
Perhaps the biggest advantage of laminate is the price; it is incredibly cheap and one of the cheapest types of flooring on the market. It’s also incredibly comfortable underfoot, whereas vinyl is harder to walk on and not quite as comfortable.
Meanwhile, one of vinyl’s key advantages is its impressive water resistance, and it’s suitability for areas of high moisture such as kitchens, where laminate would suffer. It’s durability means that it can also be fitted in industrial areas, including factories.
So, if you’re thinking of having wooden flooring fitted in your new kitchen, hopefully you now feel more clued up on the differences between laminate and vinyl floor. Neither is without its downfalls, but both are great alternatives to hardwood. Ultimately, it comes down to personal choice as well, so all that time spent researching your new kitchen on social media may come in handy after all!
What kind of flooring do you have in your kitchen, and would you change it if you could?