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With so many years of experience in completing various types of construction projects throughout Newcastle and the surrounds, we've decided to share our industry knowledge. Our home improvement blog is full of the latest news, tips and advice, and covers all aspects of improving the inside and outside of your homes.

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You'll find interesting articles and ideas written by expert designers, builders and consultants at Vickers Home Improvements. Whatever your latest construction projects and building plans for the future, we've got it covered.

How to find the right kitchen floor for your home

If you've decided that it's time to tear out your ageing kitchen and want to redesign your space, you need to consider the right type of kitchen flooring to install. Before adding new appliances and countertops think about adding the important finishes to complete your desired kitchen look. Will you install handsome new timber or comfortable vinyl? Durable tile or colourful linoleum?
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If you want a kitchen floor that will last for years, porcelain tile is your best option. You can also choose ceramic tile that is easier to install, but you need to keep in mind that it's not as durable as porcelain.

Choose a tile that has a Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating of 3-4 to ensure the tile can handle plenty of foot traffic. Also, make sure the tile has a maximum absorption rate of three percent for glazed tiles and half a percent for unglazed tiles and pick a tile that's certified as slip-resistant.

timber floor


For a timeless look that never goes out of style, timber is an excellent choice. Timber floors will last for many years without signs of wear and tear, and will suit most kitchen environments. If your kitchen connects to another room, you can easily install timber in the adjoining room as well.

As a flexible option, you can choose from a variety of wood finishes that range from light to black, from oak, cherry, and walnut to the more exotic teak, tigerwood, and Brazilian cherry. There are many negatives to installing timber, but keep in mind that too much water damage can affect the wood's quality, so always opt for engineered timber.

laminate flooring


If you're looking for a damage-resistant option that's still very affordable, go for laminate. Laminate has the appearance of timber but is extremely resistant to water damage and foot traffic. Like timber, it's available in many colours and styles and is easy to install and maintain.

With all these benefits, why wouldn't you choose laminate? Some people want the look of a real timber floor and won't settle for anything less. But consider that modern laminate floors look almost exactly like timber, and you probably won't ever be able to tell the difference.

vinyl flooring


Choose vinyl if a comfortable floor is important to you as it's soft to stand on during hours of cooking. Beyond comfort, vinyl is also extremely easy to maintain, and you won't have to do much besides sweeping and mopping.

However, you do need to remember that vinyl might not last as long as other hard flooring options. Over time, the seams in the vinyl can come apart, letting in water and dirt. Vinyl can also begin to show scratches and marks after about 10 years of use.

linoleum flooring


Like vinyl, linoleum is soft to stand on and resistant to damage. It's extremely versatile, and you can choose from a huge range of colours and patterns.

You can also choose how you want the linoleum flooring installed, whether it's in sheets, tiles or panels. Arguably, the best feature of linoleum floors is that they're environmentally-friendly and contain natural materials, making them easy to recycle.

kitchen cork flooring


Imagine the soft, springy feel of a cork board and transfer that feeling to your kitchen floor. You'll find that this floor is incredibly soft, which is good for your feet and for any dishes you may accidentally drop.

Cork is also very quiet and eliminates the irritating sound of noisy foot traffic. While cork is resistant to water and temperature damage, it can start to show uneven wear if you're not careful. If you choose a cork floor, lay mats in places where you frequently stand.

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Each homeowner's taste and needs are unique, so there's never a right choice that applies to every kitchen. We recommend using our guidelines above and discussing your kitchen flooring options with your home contractor to decide on which type you should choose.

For expert advice on your construction projects in Newcastle, call Vickers Home Improvement today on  02 4942 8388 .

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