Deciding on your flooring can be tricky, especially for the kitchen. Often a covering is chosen for it that is different from the rest of the living space – usually, it is tile or linoleum. Why exactly them, and what is better for the kitchen?
Criteria of choice
Fortunately, the range is now such that it will suit every taste and wallet. Before choosing in favour of one of the options, it is essential to understand which qualities are necessary, which disadvantages can be accepted, and which must not be tolerated.
The following requirements are usually put forward for the kitchen floor:
- fire resistance;
- resistance to deformation;
- long service life;
- ease of cleaning;
- ease of installation.
Tiles and linoleum in different proportions correspond to these parameters, while there are price differences. Who is more suitable for tiles, and for whom – linoleum? Their combination – composite floor – the ultimate solution without weak points? We will analyze in detail, evaluate all the options.
A widespread floor covering was used for residential and non-residential spaces and made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
There are two types:
- homogeneous – one-piece polyvinyl cloth;
- Composite (composite) – the lower part made of polyester, felt, jute or PVC, middle – foamed PVC or fibreglass, upper “front” side – high-quality vinyl with various additives.
The main advantage of linoleum is its price, which makes it the most affordable floor finishing material.
In addition to availability, linoleum has other advantages:
- ease of installation;
- a large number of colours and ornaments;
- the inclusion of decorative elements in the texture;
- water resistance;
- ease of care;
- the pleasant sensation when walking.
However, the material is not without its drawbacks:
- overtime, the surface wears out, becoming less embossed;
- there may be an unpleasant odour from PVC and additives;
- easily damaged by heavy or sharp objects;
- there are noticeable depressed traces of heavy furniture and equipment;
- can absorb rust;
- loss of softness under the influence of detergents;
- burns out.
The more expensive linoleum is, the better it resists negative influences. However, the price of heavy-duty coatings from elite manufacturers is comparable to the cost of not the cheapest alternatives.
This material is known to everyone.
The advantages are obvious:
- moisture resistance;
- fire resistance;
- retains its original appearance for a great time;
- resistance to mechanical and chemical damage;
- easy cleaning, even with disinfectants;
- goes well with the “warm floor” system.
There are also disadvantages:
- low coating temperature – installation of a “warm floor” is desirable;
- difficulty in installation;
- may break or crack under extreme pressure;
- can be traumatic due to the hardness of the surface;
- fragile objects may not survive falling onto the hard surface of the tile);
Nowadays, the familiar concept of “tiles” includes more and more building and finishing materials. New polymer materials appear on the market, for example, vinyl tiles, which are often called quartz vinyl or PVC tiles. What variety of material is this, and what are its properties?
The composition of quartz vinyl tiles (in layers from top to bottom):
- UV protected polyurethane layer.
- Vinyl protective layer.
- Decorative layer.
- The central layer is PVC and quartz.
- Vinyl backing.
Why is it good?
- Wide variety of appearance – can imitate stone, wood, parquet flooring;
- high moisture resistance;
- resistance to different modes of temperature, humidity and their fluctuations;
- high class of wear resistance;
- has no smell.
There are few disadvantages:
- not the best compatibility with floor heating systems;
- specific requirements for the base.
What to choose?
To understand this, answer the following questions:
- How much are you ready to spend for these purposes?
- What will be the operating conditions?
- What kind of appearance do you want?
- What is the replacement time?
Tiles (porcelain stoneware or ceramics) will last longer, cost more, require more effort and cost during installation.
It is easier and cheaper with linoleum, but it will lose its original appearance earlier.
Linoleum can be placed on top of the tiles. It is often laid on tiles. With this option, the life of the tiles is extended very significantly, and the linoleum can be changed if necessary or at will.
Floor covering that combines different materials looks very interesting.
The combination of tiles and linoleum on the kitchen floor will make its space original, solve the problem of zoning, and make it possible to use the qualities of each of the materials rationally.
In addition to aesthetic and functional advantages, such a floor will allow you to save a little on expensive tiles or porcelain stoneware by decorating part of the space with less expensive linoleum.
These two materials have different thicknesses and textures, their styling characteristics, so it is best to contact a professional to install a combined floor.
To summarize, we can say that both tiles and linoleum are perfect as floor coverings for the kitchen, meet most user requirements, have their characteristics and advantages over each other. From the help life duration point of view, the tile wins in the ease of operation and installation – linoleum. Combining these two materials opens up a vast space for creativity and can be a very successful compromise in your interior.