Vinyl is a flooring material that is very well suited to kitchens, as it is waterproof, durable and easy to clean. The importance of the first attribute is obvious, since it is a room where there is likely to be a lot of water and moisture present from sinks, washing machines, dishwashers and water in the air from steam when cooking takes place. With frequent spillages, the impermeable nature of the product means it will not swell, stain or rot as a result of having water spilt on it.
Waterproof & Easy Maintenance
In addition to this, vinyl is hard to scratch and does not hold dirt or mess in a way that makes it hard to clean off, with the result being that it is quick and easy to clean when food, drinks or other substances are dropped on it.
We stock nearly 280 vinyl flooring products and most of these are suitable for kitchens because of the attributes of the material. In addition to their basic qualities, many of these offer anti-slip coating and some are cushioned. This latter option means that springy material like foam or rubber is located inside the tiles and strips of planks and will give your feet an extra feeling of comfort while walking on it, something you may be grateful for if you are busy in the kitchen.
Nearly a third of the products are wood effect, with oak being the most common kind, reflecting the popularity of the real thing. All sorts of oak can be represented, from traditional blonde through to treated bleached, charcoal black or dark brown oak. Other woods include elm, hazel, bamboo, walnut and beech, while ebony, bracken and ivory are included among the other materials. Slate and stone are common varieties among the tiled vinyl floors.
RhinoFloor and Serenity are the companies that make tile effect vinyl floors and most of these come from the latter manufacturer. Such tiling can mimic natural materials, but can also represent synthetic patterns, such as a chessboard alternation of black and white squares, or a single pale colour with darker diamonds covering the corner joins.
In addition to this, a further option is plain vinyl flooring, which comes in sheet rolls of two, three or four metres in thickness. This is available in shades such as liquorice, oatmeal and copper.
The products come with different methods of installation as a result of the varied forms they come in. Some, but not all of the sheet vinyl products may require adhesives, while tile vinyl products typically come with peel-off adhesive patches. As ever, advice should be sought on how to approach installation and the possible need for an underlay depending on what the underfloor is made of and how even it is.
As a tough material, vinyl flooring often comes with lengthy warranties and these can include cover of 20, 25 and 30 years or even a lifetime guarantee. With so much to choose from, you should find something highly suitable for your kitchen.
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD