The kitchen floor is a place that easily gets dirty, so when you buy a floor covering, most often the choice falls on a material that is resistant to abrasion and easy to clean. Aesthetics, as a rule, fade into the background. But is it necessary to choose one of the two?
Can the kitchen floor be both functional and beautiful? How will tile and laminate in the kitchen show itself, or maybe their combination will suit us?
How to cover the floor so that it performs its functions and decorates the interior - this article is devoted to these issues.
Due to the high probability of multiple damage to the kitchen floor, stable and safe materials are chosen for it. The most popular of them are ceramic tiles and laminated panels. Choosing coverage, you need to take into account many factors, including the lifestyle of residents of a house or apartment, the frequency of cooking and the intensity of work in the kitchen.Let us consider in more detail the properties of each finishing material, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Ceramic tiles in the kitchen is a universal solution, you can use it to decorate floors and walls, and even kitchen countertops. Multifunctionality makes this material a frequent choice, it is often used in various rooms, its main advantages are:
A modern tiled flooring can imitate various materials - marble, granite, concrete, copper, fabric; modern wood-like tiles look great. This material gives great opportunities for interior design in various styles.
The disadvantages of this material are not many, the main ones are as follows.
Those days have long passed when laminated panels were reserved only for the living room or bedroom. Currently, manufacturers offer high-quality panels, which are characterized by high resistance to water and high humidity.
The advantages of laminate in the kitchen:
Disadvantages of this coating in the kitchen:
Therefore, it is worth buying high-end laminated panels for the kitchen, which is more expensive but resistant to abrasion, moisture and with an antistatic coating. This will allow the floor to not electrify, which limits the accumulation of bacteria and ticks. In this room, the center of family life is often focused, and when choosing a laminate for the kitchen, it is best to purchase a model designed for public spaces with markings 31.32 or 33. Also, the class of abrasion should be taken into account, choosing the highest rates.
The fear that the laminated panels in terms of the humidity of the air in the room are not suitable for use in the kitchen is not justified either. Only moisture above 70% disqualifies this material for use as a floor covering. Such humidity have bathrooms.Modern panels are resistant to any kind of moisture that is found in kitchens. However, it should be borne in mind that water can not stand on such a coating for several hours, otherwise the floor will be damaged. Short-term wetting will not damage coverage.
When designing the floor in the kitchen, places exposed to moisture and water can be tiled, and the rest, for example, the dining area - with laminate. This kind of compromise is very popular and quite often found in the projects of interior designers.
With the advent of fashion, the open spaces of adjacent rooms, such as the kitchen and living room, have come to connect the floor with several materials. On the one hand, this is a non-invasive method of separating the kitchen and living area, on the other hand, the solution to the problem with interior design.
Combined floor - photo
In order for such a floor to be functional and aesthetic, we must remember a few rules on how to combine these floor coverings.
Combining should be considered already at the stage of floor screed. Even then, you need to know what sizes the materials will be used for flooring. Tiled flooring and laminated panels are usually of different thickness.
Planning is important because any difference in thickness between the different layers causes problems with their joining and the need to use baseboards or even thresholds. They can, if not disfigure, then greatly spoil the overall impression.
Ideally, laminate should be laid under the tile in such a way that all elements of the floor are at the same height. As a result, we can do without the use of thresholds, and the place of docking will look very aesthetic. For small differences in height, it is sufficient to use a suitable base, for example, a laminate substrate, in order to level the height of the layers.
The combination of these two materials must be fulfilled on the basis of some standard rules that will guarantee success.
It is worth remembering that the choice is not limited only to these materials. Laminate and tile are not the only solutions for kitchen floors. Attractive appearance has a coating of cork or stone, cheap and practical linoleum for the kitchen or vinyl laminate. When choosing, it is worth considering how damaging the floor in your kitchen is, namely, your lifestyle should be assessed. If the family is big and the time is spent in the kitchen a lot, food is often cooked, the kitchen is the center of family life and the place to receive guests, then the coverage here should be very practical and durable. Otherwise, water, fats, and sometimes falling objects will quickly lead to a lot of damage.
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