What is better for the kitchen floor? Tiles, laminate or linoleum?
Which material is best for the kitchen floor? This question is probably not the first in kitchen planning – nevertheless, it is an important decision that should be well considered. Especially if the floor before the installation of the kitchen (and thus the cabinets and island are on the floor), a replacement of the kitchen floor is often possible only with great effort.
Kitchen floor: tiles, laminate or linoleum
In this article you will learn about the pros and cons of a kitchen floor with tiles, laminate and linoleum.
Kitchen floor with tiles (or porcelain stoneware)
Benefits of a tiled floor in the kitchen:
- Easy to clean – it can be wiped both very hot and very wet. Tiles are also insensitive to most household chemicals.
- Very durable & durable material.
- Porcelain stoneware give the kitchen a natural look.
- Usually tiles are very sturdy
- Easy replacement if a tile gets damaged.
- Ideal for installing underfloor heating.
Disadvantages of a tiled kitchen floor:
- Tiles are quite cool, especially without slippers or socks (without underfloor heating).
- Very hard – falling crockery often breaks.
- Tiles can rather be counted among the more expensive floor coverings in the kitchen.
Tip: For very light joints, dirt is visible very quickly. Anthracite-, sand- or concrete-gray joints are most insensitive and look new longer.
Laminate kitchen floor
Advantages of a laminate floor in the kitchen:
- Significantly cheaper than, for example, a kitchen floor made of wood.
- Laminate (especially click laminate) is easy and quick to lay
Disadvantages of a kitchen floor made of laminate:
- Laminate should only be wiped damp and not wet.
- Steps on a laminate floor are rather loud.
- Laminate is quite soft and therefore more prone to dents and holes.
- Rather not suitable for dog owners.
Linoleum kitchen floor
Linoleum is a soil material that (unlike PVC) consists of natural raw materials such as linseed oil, cork or wood flour and jute. This intelligent mix of materials creates a kitchen floor that is easy to clean, antistatic and non-slip. Linoleum exists – like tiles – in many different models and colors.
Benefits of a linoleum floor in the kitchen:
- Linoleum floors are easy-care, antistatic and non-slip.
- Linoleum kitchen floors are hardwearing.
- Linoleum is a natural material with a soft, warm feel.
- With proper cleaning also suitable for allergy sufferers.
Disadvantages of a Linoleum kitchen floor:
- Must be laid by a specialist with special linoleum glue.