Reasons to Install Laminate Flooring in Your New Kitchen

Posted on: 25 September 2020

When you're planning your custom kitchen design, one of the major decisions is the flooring. What you select will influence both the ambience and practicality of the space. If you love timber floorboards but are looking at more economical options, why not consider faux-wood laminate planks? Following are several reasons to choose this flooring option for your kitchen.

Colour Options

Laminate flooring consists of a core base, such as MDF, covered with a laminate photograph, plus a protective wear layer. The image can be of timber, stone or other materials. With faux-timber laminate boards, you'll have options in colours like grey, blonde, honey and whitewashed wood. High-definition photography techniques give these planks an authentic look. No matter the style of your kitchen, you'll have plenty of design options.

Shape Alternatives

Laminate planks also come in diverse sizes and shapes. You could install extra-wide floorboards which give a spacious feel because their surface is smoother, with fewer separate individual planks. For a unique rustic impression, combine mixed plank widths across the flooring. Otherwise, a herringbone pattern creates a sophisticated, elegant ambience.

Durable and Easy to Clean

Once you install your laminate floor, you can relax knowing it's durable and long-lasting. Laminate's smooth surface is easy to clean, as it doesn't have grout joints that collect grime. However, you do need to take care with water and not let it pool on the surface. When cleaning, use a damp rather than a wet mop.  Some laminate is water-resistant, which means that it can resist water in the short term, but if you leave liquid puddling, it will eventually infiltrate and cause damage. Waterproof laminate is more resilient — it's shielded from damage more completely. 

Straightforward to Install

Laminate creates floating floors in which the planks lock together, rather than needing to be glued, stapled or nailed to the subfloor underneath. This means that they're relatively quick to install, and you won't be inconvenienced for as long as you would be when installing other, more labour-intensive flooring options such as tiles that need laying or hardwood floorboards. Your contractors might recommend purchasing extra planks during installation so that you can replace any damaged ones in future years. This tactic will ensure you have a good colour match at hand.

Overall, laminate flooring provides an excellent option. It looks like timber and offers a variety of colours and plank widths so you can harmonise it with your kitchen's decor. Plus, it's easy to maintain and clean. Installation should also be little fuss, as contractors can lock the planks together without having to attach them to the surface underneath. 


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