When it comes to choosing an adequate type of flooring for a kitchen, a large range of materials is at your disposal, often making the decision difficult. As a strong material that can be suitable for many spaces, timber is a reliable choice and should be considered highly. Often, tiles are the easy choice for architects and developers to make. However, timber flooring can be an even better option for kitchens. Look at how the architects for this project below have used Style Timber floors to create a contemporary, bright, yet warm space in an open plan area.
Read on to find out more about the benefits of timber flooring for your kitchen.
Timber flooring is robust, resilient and very long-lasting when well-maintained. In comparison to other materials such as vinyl or tiles, timber gets better with age, which makes it an ideal choice for a heavy traffic room such as the kitchen. Additionally, scratches and water damage are often a concern, however, scratches on an Oak floor often blend in seamlessly with the grain and veins of the Oak. Further, water spillage from washing or food prep is unavoidable, but will not damage timber and can be easily and quickly wiped down. Tiles, which for many years have been a favourite, for the reasons just mentioned can of course chip, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible to replace. Scuffmarks are very obvious almost immediately after the floor is cleaned, and with constant mopping, grouting becomes dirty and unsightly. The only option then is to remove the grouting and re-grout, which laborious and costly.
An important factor to take into account when choosing a type of flooring is its sustainability. Being an organic and living material, wood flooring is the premium sustainable choice. Timber is also a renewable material, making it the environmentally-friendly option. If you’d like to be even more environmentally focused, consider using one of our new Cadorin products. Style Timber are the exclusive distributors of Cadorin in Australia and we are thrilled to be able to offer our clients Cadorin’s beautifully finished timbers! One of the great things about Cadorin, aside from the fact that their products are 100% made in Italy, is that all their timbers are made without using formaldehyde or other toxins. This makes them an ideal environmentally conscious option for your next project.
One of the main characteristics of timber is that, compared to other materials, it requires a lower amount of care. Basic cleaning methods such as vacuuming and an occasional light mopping can be used and will still keep the floor in good condition. Tiles need much more constant attention. And ceramics are very easily stained. Due to its low maintenance, timber is definitely the preferred kitchen flooring option.
Warm and cosy look
Unlike other synthetic materials, or even natural stone, timber floors truly create an inviting space, as well as adding another layer to the kitchen design, whilst complimenting and enhancing the other elements and textures. What better room to create the warm, and instantly welcoming environment than ‘the heart of the home’!