So you've decided to get a new kitchen installed!?! The first thing to think about is what floor do I put in my new kitchen? We have created top 10 tips for choosing the right floor for your kitchen... need to measure your room before buying wood flooring or stone flooring you’ll need four things.
- Stone or Wood? - With the choice of either natural stone or oak flooring, you have the option of hard wearing stone (child and dog proof) like our Cotswold Cream which will stand up to 'anything'... or oak flooring, now boasting a platter of different styles and finishes from herringbone to aged and tumbled grey boards like Loft.
- Underfloor Heating? - Stone or oak flooring, there is the option to install UFH. Electric UFH at a cost of around £65+vat per m2 installed is a great option for areas under 20m2, it will heat a room very nicely and eradicate the need for radiators, feeing up valuable wall space!
- Installation - Which ever floor you choose, its really important to hire a professional to install your oak or stone. We advise a specialist tiler for installing stone tiles. Fitting cost: Labour for fitting stone tiles should be around £35-45m2. Check their work and portfolio if possible. Spending in excess of £5000 on your tiles and materials, you will want to know that your fitter has experience. A carpenter with experience will know how to lay oak flooring, but herringbone will require a specialist. Fitting cost: Labour for fitting oak flooring should be around £25-35, and oiling may be extra if the boards are unfinished. Herringbone fitting can be £50m2 depending on size of herringbone.
- Grades - All flooring comes in grades. 1st grade and 2nd grade. 1st grade is selected at the quarry/wood manufacturer for its consistency and quality. 1st grade will cost a little more but its worth the extra for the quality. 2nd grade will have imperfections and blemishes, seams and marks in the stone which may not be apparent on the website or showroom. ALWAYS ask the showroom 'what grade is your stone?' If its cheap, there will be a reason its cheap.....
- Budget - Choose a stone/oak that suites your budget but dont be afraid to spend a little more to get something that will give your room the floor it deserves! You will spend the money on this floor once so really go for something you will enjoy every time you enter your kitchen... It will be the focus of the whole space and last a long time so be brave and go for it...
- Be adventurous - You may be planning a simple shaker style kitchen, slick lines, pale tones, so why not consider something wonderfully exciting for your floor?? Forget beige, and cream this time, maybe go for something like marble or a wild limestone like Camila Grey limestone which has fossils and quartz in it! Take some advice from your kitchen designer on being brave with your floor!
- Ask for advice - Knowledge is power they say.... SO, ask for advice on every corner, and keep a little note book to write it all down. Ask about how the floor is made, where its made, is it FSC rated timber? is it first or second grade stone? What is the wear layer of oak on the engineered board? Is the backing on the engineered board plywood or softwood? (plywood is good, softwood is cheap) The more you learn about the floor you are considering the easier it will become to make a decision.
- Plan ahead - Allow lots of time for your choosing your new floor. Most projects will be around 6 weeks in the future from choosing a floor. Things that may need to happen in the meantime are: 1) Floor screed drying time - If you have had a new UFH system installed, the screed will take a long time to dry! 1mm per day normally. No tiles or wood can be laid onto that floor until its fully dry, so allow lots of time. 2) Stock - If you choose a floor and your project is 6-8 weeks off laying, consider paying for the stone/oak and asking for it to be stored until you need it delivered. This way its paid for, one less thing to worry about and more importantly 'in stock' for when you need it. 3) Book your installers in advance, they will get busy and wont be available at the last minute. Allow 4-5 weeks in advance for good installers.
- Use quality installers! - Always use a quality installer either supplied or recommended by your flooring supplier! we cannot stress this enough.. Your 'builder' may offer to lay your new stone/oak floor, but always question wether they have the expert experience to carry out the work? Some builders 'will' have the experience, however, there are expert floor fitters out there who only lay floors, they have all the specialist tools and kit for the job and in many cases years of experience. So, get references, and ask to see their portfolio if they have one. Ask around too, your friends may have sued someone locally..
- Look after you floor - So your new floor is in and it looks fabulous!!! Now you can enjoy your floor for years to come.. as long, as you look after it and take care of it. Use stone floor cleaning products only for your floor, never use household cleaners which may have bleach in them. Visit www.extensive.co.uk for stone floor cleaning products and advice. There are oak flooring cleaning kits around which are great, and have mops and pads included. Bona and Osmo both produce kits so shop around online.
- "This one goes to 11!!!" - Oh go on then, as Spinal Tap said, "This one goes to 11!!!" Number 11, simply, enjoy your floor!.. Dont get precious about it.. its gonna get a bit dirty, a few little scratches here and there! but if you seal it properly, clean it well with stone floor cleaner, then it will look great! ENJOY IT.....
A) Simple square room - If your room is square or rectangular, the job of measuring your room is going to be simple! Simply measure the length and breadth and multiply one by the other... For example if your room is square, and down one side is 5m and the other is 5m, then simply multiply 5 x 5, and your room is 25m2 (25 meters square) A room which is 4m by