Deciding on which flooring you want for your kitchen is a huge decision to make. It can be ‘make or break’ for the design, and many interior designers suggest picking out the flooring before anything else. 

Many households will spend the majority of their time in the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is used for entertaining, cooking and even working. So, choosing the best flooring for your kitchen is crucial when it is the room you spend most of your time in. 

As well as the design element of flooring, the practicality of flooring is very important. The floor will have to hold up after spills, stains and through all temperatures. So it is vital to pick the right flooring. 

We will talk you through some of the best flooring types for kitchens to help make your decision easier. 

Hardwood Flooring 

Hardwood flooring is a great choice for flooring in kitchens. It has been widely used for centuries and has never gone out of style. 

Hardwood is one of the best traditional flooring options for kitchens as it is durable, water-resistant and looks great. There are many different style options available for Hardwood.

But, it is important to keep in mind that water-resistant and waterproof flooring is different. Hardwood is water-resistant, which means that over a few years moisture will start to damage the flooring. Nonetheless, hardwood flooring can take more moisture than laminate flooring.  

Additionally, hardwood flooring might not be the best choice if you have young children, as wood flooring can be slippy. 

Laminate Flooring

Traditional laminate flooring is a popular choice for kitchen flooring as they are water-resistant, durable and offer warmth to the room. Laminate flooring is a more affordable option than hardwood flooring and still looks as expensive and stylish as hardwood looks. 

Laminate is great if you have young children because it is stain and scratch resistant, so it can withstand any accidents. To make life even easier, it is easy to clean too. 

At Mersey Flooring, we stock approximately 70 different types of laminate flooring to choose from, all varying in colour, thickness and cost. We stock options from 7mm to 12mm in thickness.  

If you are concerned about laminate flooring not being waterproof, then we have good news for you – at Mersey Flooring we offer a more expensive laminate flooring that is waterproof. This is a modern and more durable twist on laminate flooring that we have recently introduced. We have 8 different colours to choose from for waterproof laminate flooring. 

Waterproof laminate flooring offers the same quality as Luxury Vinyl Tile, but without the price.  

Tile Flooring 

Tile flooring is one of the best classic flooring types for kitchens. It is the most popular type of flooring for kitchens, mainly due to its variety as there are different types, these are:

  • Natural stone tiles: this type of tiling is very popular and is completely natural, including the pattern on the tile. You can get granite, marble and other types of natural tiling. If you decide to get this type of flooring, it will require maintenance over time.
  • Porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles: this type of tiling is made from natural materials and is the most durable out of all the flooring types, as the tiles are completely waterproof and can withstand all stains. 

Overall, tile flooring is waterproof, so it can hold up after most spillages and exposure to moisture. It can last a long time, but it does require maintenance. 

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a modern and great option for kitchen flooring. The popularity of LVT has skyrocketed in the last few years and is continuing to grow. Visually, LVT is similar to Hardwood, but with a softer finish. 

LVT is waterproof, to the extent that it is used in bathrooms. So, it is an extremely durable option for kitchens. This is great as it will save you from replacing and maintaining it.

However, visually LVT can deteriorate in quality, Due to the softness of LVT, it can dent and scratch. So if you have any pets in your household, this kind of flooring might not be the best option. 

Other Kitchen Flooring Options

The flooring options that we have spoken about are the best types you can choose from. However, there are other options if none particularly stand out to you. 

Cork flooring is a further option that you can explore. It is a new type of flooring that is starting to rise in popularity. Cork flooring is easy to install and one of the cheapest options you can buy, therefore making it very cost-effective. However, appliances can easily dent the material and the colour will fade if exposed to sunlight. 

Also, concrete flooring is another option to review. This type of flooring does not have the same level of style that other flooring offers like hardwood or LVT, but it is extremely durable and a cheap option. 

What to Consider When Making a Flooring Decision

Choosing the best kitchen flooring is a big choice to make. You need to choose the right floor for your preferences, style and budget. So, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you choose the right flooring for your kitchen. 

  • Durability: How long will the flooring last me? Will it hold up in all temperatures? Is the flooring stain-resistant? Is the flooring easy to clean? 
  • Cost: What is my budget? What is the best flooring I can get with my budget?
  • Style: What colour do I want the flooring to be? What pattern do I want my flooring to be? Does the flooring fit in with the rest of the kitchen design?  
  • Warranty: Does the flooring have a warranty?  

Mersey Flooring is the leading option for you if you are looking for kitchen flooring in Liverpool. We have something for everyone with our wide range of flooring options. Our friendly and welcoming staff are very knowledgeable about flooring, and we can help you with any questions you may have.