The advantages of laminate flooring are mind blowing, but it is also important to consider the disadvantages. It is important that you make an informed decision before you go ahead and have laminate flooring for the kitchen.
Advantages of Laminate
Laminate flooring can benefit your wallet better than any other flooring option on the market (if you fit it yourself). It is less than half the price of hardwood and cheaper than carpet. It can save you money in the long run because you won’t need to replace it for years. Unlike hardwood, marble or carpet, laminate flooring does not fade in the sunlight and is resistant to stains, impacts and scratches. This is due to the incredibly durable melamine plastic wear layer used for the top surface of laminate floors.
Disadvantages of Laminate
Laminate Flooring can be noisy, particularly for Neighbours in an apartment complex because vibrations through laminate floors can tend to carry through to the floor below. Although it is very scratch resistant, heavy dogs with big claws could inflict damage into the wear resistance layer, so we advise that dog owners considering to buy laminate floors should either install the floors in rooms that are out of bounds to the dogs or clip the dog’s claws regularly.
It’s not recommended to install laminate flooring in a house that has high moisture. Neither is it a good idea to install in a bathroom where pools of water are common. If moisture gets into the HDF core-board it can swell or get infested with mildew and must be replaced. Once damaged, laminate floor is not easily repaired. It can’t be re-buffed, sanded down, or polished like hardwood floor. Planks that get damaged generally must be totally replaced because once the wear resistance layer is scratched too deep then it will leave the HDF core open to moisture or dirt.
Laminate Flooring for the Kitchen
If you are considering having Laminate flooring in the kitchen then let us know. We will go through the options with you in person. If laminate flooring gets wet it can be damaged beyond repair. It might be wise to consider vinyl flooring instead.