Kitchen

Choosing a kitchen floor? These are the options

10 Jan 2023
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220mm wide French oak wooden floor in the kitchen in the color Van Gogh White in Almere
220mm wide French oak wooden floor in the kitchen in the color Van Gogh White in Almere
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The floor in the kitchen is usually heavily used. In addition, spills happen every now and then. For example with soft drinks, coffee, tea or tomato sauce.

A kitchen floor must therefore be able to take a beating, which is why it is important to choose the right floor. Let's explore the possibilties in this blog.

Tile Floors

A tile floor is sturdy and easy to maintain. Moreover, tiles wear less quickly than, for example, laminate and PVC floors. If you opt for a tiled floor in the kitchen, it is important to keep the joints clean. For example, if you spill curry or tomato sauce on the joints, the joints may discolour.

Wooden Floors

Wooden floors from Uipkes are very suitable for use in the kitchen. These wooden floors are finished with a protective oil layer, so that the floor wears less quickly and it is not a problem if you spill on the floor.

By regularly mopping the floor, you not only clean the kitchen floor, but you also maintain the finish of the floor at the same time. And if wear spots appear on the floor after years of use, you can touch them up locally with maintenance oil.

If the floor has serious scratches or damage and the maintenance oil does not give the desired result, sanding and oiling is the solution. Your floor will look like new afterwards. Depending on the thickness of the top layer of the wooden floor, you can sand and oil the floor several times. This keeps your wooden kitchen floor looking beautiful for a lifetime.

Wooden floorboards store CO2 for many years. Our wood comes from well-managed production forests and the linseed oil we use is organically sourced, making these wooden floors one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable flooring options.

Give wooden floors a different color

Because tastes change, it may happen that you replace the kitchen over time. If the color of the wooden floor does not match the new kitchen, you can solve this by finishing the floor in a different colour. This is not possible with other floor types and makes it extra attractive to opt for a wooden floor in the kitchen.

PVC Flooring

A PVC floor offers a number of important advantages. PVC floors are relatively cheap, wear-resistant and have a sound-absorbing effect. Due to these advantages, PVC floors have become extremely popular in recent years.

However, more and more reports are coming out about the possible harms of PVC floors for health and the environment. PVC floors are made of plastic and can contain harmful substances that can be released when using the floor. In addition, the production of PVC floors are quite environmentally polluting.

It will therefore come as no surprise that we at Uipkes are not in favor of using PVC floors in the kitchen.

Laminate Flooring

The difference between laminate and a real wooden floor is becoming less and less visible. Laminate is therefore often used as an alternative to a wooden floor and is a lot cheaper.

Yet there are two important differences between laminate and a real wooden floor:

  • Laminate is made of HDF (compressed wood) with printed paper on it. The printed paper provides the wood look of the floor and is covered by a plastic layer. The number of different prints is limited, so you always see the same patterns in the floor. With a real wooden floor, each floor part has a unique pattern. After all, no tree is the same.
  • Laminate is difficult to repair. You can touch up damage with laminate filler and a pencil, but you will almost always see the damage.

Kitchen floors and sustainability

When making purchasing decisions, sustainability plays an increasingly important role. This applies to both companies and individuals. That is why it is good to consider the different kitchen floors and the extent to which they are sustainable.

Contrary to popular belief, wooden floors are the most durable. That's because PVC floors and laminate contain plastic and tile floors require quarries that sooner or later will run out of raw materials.

On the other hand, wood, provided it comes from sustainably managed forests, is a renewable raw material. The other floor types do not have this unique advantage.

Want to know more about wooden kitchen floors?

Then visit one of our showrooms in Amsterdam, Alphen aan den Rijn or Naarden. You can also request our inspiration magazine for free to get ideas for your new kitchen floor. Do you already know what you want? Simply request a quote online.