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By Roelf Nel

The kitchen is the heart of the home where the family gathers to share food passions, stories and creating memories. Stimulate this gathering ground by creating a warm, welcoming space. Here are some tips on floors options to consider.

1. Travertine Tiles
Travertine is a form of limestone that originates in groundwater and streams just below the earth’s surface. Travertine creates a fresh, modern and functional atmosphere while still feeling warm and welcoming. It is the kind of floor that will disguise crumbs and spills. Selecting a neutral and timeless design, gives you room to be more creative with the décor of your kitchen.

2. Hardwood Flooring
Wood floors creates that “cosy” feel and can take on lots of traffic without losing its lustre. The challenges of wooden floors is the exposure to sunlight, heat and humidity which can cause warping, leading to more wear and tear. The solution is to go for engineered flooring. Factory-Finished wood will stand up to moisture fluctuations better than any wood flooring that is finished on site.

3. Laminated Wood
A popular route to take with wooden floors are the laminated version, it is less expensive than the solid hardwood option. Laminated floors keeps the realistic wood-look, but is water-resistant, pet-proof, kid-friendly, mess-proof and suitable for high traffic zones.

4. Bamboo
For the environmentally conscious, modern and trendy homeowner, Bamboo offers a strong, sustainable alternative to traditional hardwood floors without the high price tag. Bamboo is resilient and can take a greater impact than most hardwoods without denting. This attractive alternative is durable, moisture and insect resistant, and can handle high traffic.

5. Tiles
Before selecting your tile, you need to know that the tile can withstand the traffic without wearing out. Tiles have a wear resistance or PEI (porcelain enamel institute) rating which is an international standard that measures the degree to which a tile’s surface will withstand wear. For kitchen tiles, the rating should be PEI3 or PEI4. Another concern in selecting a tile for the kitchen is to ensure it is slip resistant tile which has a matt finish. Tiles come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. If the room you are tiling is very small, then it may not look good with large dark 500×500 tiles as this will just make the room appear even smaller. However, large tiles would work very well in a wide, open space. When choosing colour you need to consider fixtures and fittings and the wall colour of the room.

There are endless possibilities when selecting what type of flooring you should opt for. Consider the above, and do your own research to discover what the best flooring option for your kitchen is.

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