If tiles have long been the benchmark flooring for the kitchen, there are now other options just as renowned for their strength, ease of cleaning and aesthetics. Let’s take stock of the different characteristics of existing coatings for kitchens and their advantages and disadvantages in order to allow you to make the most suitable choice for your room.
The different floor coverings for the kitchen
Here are the different types of flooring you can install in your kitchen.
Porcelain stoneware tiles remain the most prevalent trend in kitchen flooring. It must be said that it has only advantages, or almost. Easy to maintain in this room which can get dirty quickly, simple to install, available in a very wide range of models to satisfy all desires, it is also economical.
- His advantages : it comes in a very wide range of colors and textures to meet all tastes, it is not afraid of water or humidity, it does not stain and is shock resistant, it is easy to clean and its price is interesting (10 to 100 euros per square meter).
- Its disadvantages : it is noisier than some other coverings and dishes that fall on it usually break due to its hardness. Also, when wet it can be slippery.
The tiles also include cement tiles, which are very fashionable models and which go perfectly with any decor style.
Close to tiling, but more upscale, natural stone has everything to seduce. While some porcelain stoneware tile models can imitate it well, it remains unmatched and unmatched in terms of beauty and finishes. Very elegant, it will bring a lot of charm and class to your kitchen.
- His advantages : rustic and modern at the same time, natural stone is very aesthetic and elegant. It evokes the authenticity and chic charm of the countryside. Very strong and durable, it is perfect for coating a kitchen.
- Its disadvantages : it is expensive, with an average of 50 to more than 200 euros per square meter. While it is easy to clean, some stones require specific maintenance and treatment once or twice a year.
Waxed concrete is an ideal solution for a kitchen. You can set it up on its own or make a reminder with a worktop and / or a waxed concrete splashback. Very modern, it seduces more and more for its ease of maintenance and the fact that it fits into all styles of decoration is an undeniable asset.
- His advantages : it is a resistant and solid coating, very easy to maintain. Devoid of joints and fittings which can be unsightly, it is uniform and hygienic, a godsend in a kitchen! In addition, its success has earned it to be now available in a wide range of colors and effects.
- Its disadvantages : it must be installed by a pro, because its installation is complex, which adds the cost of the installation to its already high price of around 100 euros per square meter. In addition, it requires water repellent treatment once or twice a year, like natural stone.
Yes, you can install parquet in a kitchen! It is in fact possible to install a wooden floor in a damp room, but on condition that you opt for a rot-proof species. You have the choice between exotic woods (teak, merbau, etc.), aged oak and acacia. However, you must oil your parquet and not vitrify it in order to better protect it.
- His advantages : it is a noble material, aesthetic and naturally warm, which will decorate your kitchen with the most beautiful effect imaginable.
- Its disadvantages : you will have to invest in a high quality wood, therefore very expensive (40 to 200 euros per square meter). In addition, it remains fragile and its maintenance is more difficult than for other coatings.
If the aesthetics of wood appeals to you without wanting to invest in a high-end and expensive species, you can opt for a laminate floor. This coating is made of waterproof vinyl resin that can imitate wood or other materials. It is more resistant to shocks than real wood flooring and its price is much more interesting (20 to 40 euros per square meter on average). An attractive solution for lovers of the wood effect.
Lino is a flexible floor suitable for kitchens. On the other hand, to obtain a quality product, it is necessary to avoid aiming for the first prices and it is advisable to invest in a solid, non-slip and stain-resistant model, of good quality. If it has lost its splendor, lino has been back in fashion for a few years thanks to its natural composition and its easy maintenance.
- His advantages : very inexpensive, with nearly 2 to 10 euros per square meter, it is easy to install and maintain. In addition, there is a very wide range of colors and effects.
- Its disadvantages : less solid than the others, it easily marks in the event of falling crockery or quite simply with the legs of chairs and stools.
How to choose your kitchen flooring?
To choose your kitchen covering, you will need to take the following criteria into account:
- The desired decorative style
- The cost of the coating according to your budget and the surface to be covered
- Ease of maintenance of the floor
- Its resistance to shocks (crockery falls are possible)
- Its tightness, because the kitchen is a wet room
- Its non-slip power, because water falling on the ground can make it slippery
- Ease of installation, because a coating that must be installed by a professional entails an additional cost of labor
Finally, if you have a kitchen open to your living room, remember to harmonize the floor covering of your two rooms to avoid the odd decor!