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Advice on Choosing Kitchen Floors

We all want our floor to be original and creative, but also to have strength, to justify the investment.
Flooring, tile, vinyl, concrete, all could fit in a certain context, depends on what you choose. However, the choice should not be made only according to your tastes, but there are many other factors to be taken into consideration.


The floor is the most requested area of a room, because people walk in it and deposit various objects there which exert pressure, leading to a faster degradation than in the case of ceilings or walls. This means that besides the aesthetic aspects, the floor must have other qualities: compressive strength, resistance, gradual access, sonority, heat absorption, reflections, gaps in plans, cleanliness, water removing, aesthetics floor.

There is a great variety of materials used to manufacture kitchen flooring:

 

Natural stone floors. Some are executed with materials coming from natural hard rocks (granite, marble, sandstone, basalt, etc.), which can be finished by cutting, polishing or rubbing. Quality natural stone floor is much improved if applied on a rigid support layer, typically a concrete plate. These floors have the advantages of easy maintenance by washing, resistance and waterproofing. The main disadvantages are related to their heavy weight and the cold temperature they maintain in a room. The smoother they are, the colder natural stone floors get. Artificial stone floors are cold, wet and become slippery. Having many joints increases the likelihood of water penetration through them, a situation that entails a persistent dampening support. The kitchen floor shown in the picture above is made of marble by Fox Floors.


Synthetic flooring. Combines the qualities of stone floors (strength and nice looks) with those of wood (thermal and acoustic insulation, flexible, hygienic). The most used synthetic materials used are vinyl carpet with or without support of textile and carpet made of polyamide deposited electrostatic with layer deafening. Floors made of synthetic material are applied to the substrate with adhesive glue. Such wear layers are used mainly in habitable rooms, hallways and interior corridors, their use in rooms where there is high humidity such as bathroom, kitchen or laundry is inefficient, because they maintain moisture and promote mildew. The most important advantages of synthetic floors are easy maintenance by washing, good sound and heat insulation, durable, resistant and the fact that they do not produce dust. The most disadvantageous property of synthetic flooring is that, if wet, some are very slippery.

 

Vinyl is the material that will enable you to have more creativity in the kitchen. This material comes in a variety of colors, patterns or rich surface effects. Vinyl has the advantage of being easily maintained and changed, depending on how you want redecorated.


Wooden floors. Consist of pieces of wood (boards, planks, parquet, etc.), placed close next to each other so that not to have open joints. The most common types of wood use for the wear layer boards and parquet. Wood floors are considered ''hot'', while being quite cheap, flexible and can also be easily attached and detached. Disadvantages of wood flooring are: have joints that are opened by the increasingly dry wood, require continuous maintenance to keep the wood from moisture, cavities and some harmful mushrooms.

 

Concrete floors. Waxed concrete floor is definitely the right choice ultra-modern kitchens. Warning: if concrete is a durable material, we must not forget that it is very sensitive to staining. So it is important to know how to keep it "alive" longer before you start to pour it in the kitchen.



 
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