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Laminate Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen laminate flooring is wonderful because of its easy care, good looks, and simple installation. Some suggest laminate flooring isn't good in the kitchen (or bath either) because of the potential for water damage, but with simple care that's not an issue. Laminate kitchen flooring will let you complete your kitchen make over with ease. Kitchen flooring laminate comes in a wide range of colors and styles, including: wide plank oak, bamboo, cork, stone, and even brick or tile. Its versatility, beauty and durability shouldn't have you question kitchen laminate flooring for your house.

Is it possible for durability and beauty to mesh together into one kind of flooring? Yes it is. If you are looking for both of these qualities for your kitchen flooring then you have to look no further than laminate kitchen flooring. Laminate flooring is a great way to add the beauty of wood or stone to your kitchen without the expense. It is easy to clean and take care of, a huge plus for a kitchen area. What more could you want in kitchen flooring?

Laminate flooring is usually plank type flooring that is composed of several different layers. The first layer is usually a clear hard type coating that covers the design layer. The design layer comes in many different colors and designs which can resemble wood, stone, or tile. These layers are fused together along with a high-density core layer at extremely high heat. The core layer is usually composed of a high-density fiber or even wood particles. A backing is usually applied to the plank to make it even more strong, durable, and moisture resistant.

Choosing laminate flooring for your kitchen is only a matter of choosing a color and design. Just remember that the kitchen laminate flooring that you choose will be the backdrop for the rest of your design choices so choose flooring that you truly love and want, rather than the one that is least expensive. Choose kitchen laminate flooring that will be neutral enough to change with your design styles, but that will be beautiful enough to stand out and make the kitchen into the showplace that it was meant to be.

You may question kitchen laminate flooring use, but it is a wonderful flooring choice for the kitchen area. Laminate flooring is very durable and is able to withstand the wear and tear that most kitchens receive. It is water resistant and stain resistant too, so that makes it very easy to take care of and clean with regular dust mopping and damp mopping with a laminate floor cleaner. That is why it is so popular for use in kitchens and throughout the rest of the home.

Laminate floors are also popular because of their ease of installation. Kitchen laminate flooring comes in snap together planks and glue together planks. The snap together, or clic system, planks are very easy to install. Both styles of laminate flooring can even be installed over many existing sub-floors. That is why do-it-yourselfers like laminate flooring so much.

Choosing kitchen flooring laminate to cover your floors is a good decision. Kitchens in most homes see quite a bit of activity and kitchen laminate flooring is durable enough to last through years of wear and tear. The added benefits of being scratch resistant, stain resistant, and easy to clean also lead many homeowners each year to install laminate flooring in their kitchen. If you are seeking the look of wood without the high price tag and with increased durability, then you will want to consider laminate flooring for the kitchen.

Comments

I just read your article on laminate flooring, and you have us CONVINCED!! Laminate..for us..would be the way to go. With the RA, it would also mean "easy care"...no waxing, easy clean-up ( we have five house cats, but no dogs in the main house as they stay in the new basement and the garage area..Cats are easy on floors. :-))) It's also easy to lay as my hubby has had LOTS of experience with it. I don't feel water will be a problem IF it is wiped up immediately. Too bad we can't be "winners" of a new "dream kitchen"...LOL, but those "winners" are always the rich! Anyway, I'm happy with a kitchen that is EASY TO KEEP CLEAN AND NEAT as even with RA, I do ALL our cooking from scratch and do NOT buy convenience foods. Thanks so much for setting up this great website!!

Cat

Cat at June 1, 2008 6:12 PM

Thank you Cat, I'm glad you found this site to be helpful! That's always been my goal and it gives me a great deal of satisfaction to know that I've helped somebody!

Take care and hope you love your new floor when you get it down!

The Flooring Lady at June 1, 2008 9:31 PM

Laminate in the kitchen - some say no, others(such as you) yes. I think yes but what about under the cabinets, dishwasher, stove and frig? We are taking out and replacing all the cabinets and appliances, including the ugly floor. My question is - should I lay the laminate before/under the cabinets? What about under the dishwasher and stove? If not under the cabinets should I put down equal thickness plywood in those places to keep the floor even? Any advice would be welcome - thanks.

Jim at August 8, 2008 6:28 PM

Hi Jim,

Good questions! I'd go ahead and put it under the appliances, of course, always hoping that nothing springs a leak. I've always thought that putting it under the sink is optional, but if you're talking about laying the whole floor before even putting in cabinets, then go for it. Leaking pipes can be a scary concern, but developing a leak is always possible over time, there's just no help for it. Face it, it probably wouldn't matter what kind of flooring you have if a bad leak developed, there'd be some water damage somewhere.

The Flooring Lady at August 8, 2008 10:51 PM

In my new house the builder recommended not putting our flooring under the cabinets because it would cause problems if we ever refloored. But he did indeed put them the appliances.

Mike at August 9, 2008 6:26 AM

Thanks Flooring Lady and Mike. After your responses we have decided to have the cabinets installed then lay the laminate floor around them and under the applicance holes. This will keep the 'floating floor' concept alive without hurting the look. Once the floor is down then the appliances will be installed and if - at some point - we get a nasty leak that ruins the laminate it will be that much easier to replace. Thanks again.

Jim at August 9, 2008 9:59 AM

Hi Jim & Mike,

Thanks for popping back in to give an update, Jim. Thanks to you too Mike for chiming in. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at August 9, 2008 11:22 AM

How about installing it over ceramic tile in the kitchen?
Nick

Nick at September 3, 2008 10:39 PM

Hi Nick,
It can be done if you use a self-leveling agent, or grout over the tile so that the laminate has a smooth clean surface to adhere to. Make sure your joists can handle the extra weight. If you just use grout to level things out and there's still tile that's exposed, you do run the risk that the adhesive for the laminate may not bond properly on the tile. I'd really recommend just removing the tile - once you get started it usually comes off pretty easy.

The Flooring Lady at September 4, 2008 10:18 PM

We just installed a tile laminate floor. People come in an think it is stone. I love it. I have boys,husband german shepard. Cleans so easy. I clean it with ammonia and water in a spray bottle, even windex for spot cleaning. We are so glad we opted to do this instead of tile or wood. It is beautiful. We found it to be comprable to having tile installed. It did take 5 days for installation, that was a profesional. We have a big kitchen though. I love it!

susan at September 15, 2008 9:04 AM

Susan,

It sounds as if you did a great thing by putting the stone in your kitchen. I agree it's durable and the perfect answer to the use it's getting.

Let me caution you against using the ammonia on that floor -- it could hurt the stone, and it's not good for you or the dog. I'd avoid the Windex too. Vinegar water in a 15:1 ratio will do the job well, and not hurt you or the stone in the process.

I just replied to a woman whose baby is breaking out in red bumps in reaction to chemicals she used to clean her carpet. That child is like the canary that is used to tell miners of toxic air quality -- it's warning the mom about the toxic chemicals she's using. You may not have a canary to warn you, so let me play that role.

Check out this article on the subject:
http://www.economicallysound.com/listen_to_the_canarys_song.html

Enjoy the floor!

Enjoy!

The Flooring Lady at September 15, 2008 10:15 AM

We have a dilemma. Currently we have a tile floor but due to termite infestation and now having to renovate it means our tiles will get broken and need to be replaced. I was told that laminate is not a good choice due to peeling away from backing if gets wet so prefer not to take a chance. Is there any other option that would be cheaper than replacing the tiles or would that still be best? Apparently will cost over 3,000 to have it put down. Thanks

anneh at November 16, 2008 6:56 PM

Hi Anneh,
Tile, stone, etc. would all work well.

Laminate is a good choice if you don't think you'll have any water issues to worry about.

It would help if I knew what rooms these floors are in so that I could make more accurate recommendations.

The Flooring Lady at November 16, 2008 7:16 PM

I am thinking of putting laminate tile down over my vinyl flooring, however i have a huge hole in a piece of the vinyl quite big. Is it okay to lay the laminate over this?

Rhonda at December 7, 2008 10:11 AM

Quite alright - just fill it in with something first to even it all out. You don't mention how big is 'quite big', but you could use grout.

The Flooring Lady at December 8, 2008 12:07 PM

This may have been mentioned earlier (if so -- I'm sorry for the redundant question), but if I install laminate, will it not be marked if I have to pull our stove/oven OR refrigerate out for clean?

Jeff at January 25, 2009 7:35 AM

Hopefully not. I have never experienced that problem myself.

The Flooring Lady at January 29, 2009 11:44 AM

How about if you have a water damage. We have had laminate flooring for nine years and shortly after we installed it (ourselves) we had a water damage in the kitchen. We are leery of installing it again in our next kitchen for fear of the dishwasher leaking or other plumbing leaks that can occur at the sink. Are the new laminate's more water resistant? Will professional installation make a difference?

Adrienne at February 10, 2009 8:25 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Professional installation doesn't make a difference in how well the laminate flooring will withstand water. I think they are more resistant now than ever. Water damage is always is always a concern, the biggest trick is getting the water up from the floor before it can do damage. Keep in mind too, that water damage is always a risk with almost any type of flooring when used in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry.

The Flooring Lady at February 19, 2009 8:39 AM

Maybe someone can answer this question: We have just had a laminate installed in the kitchen. It was cleaned and washed according to the box instructions - however - there are highs and lows in the finish. Some planks are shiny, some dull, and not due to an excess of cleaning product. Has anyone else encountered this? Product defect? Thanks...

Alan at April 4, 2009 10:12 AM

Hi Alan,
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this is most likely a product defect. Your flooring is probably factory sealed with aluminum oxide or something similar - the finish should be uniform. I'd give the manufacturer a holler.

The Flooring Lady at April 5, 2009 12:12 PM

Can you explain a little more about this aluminum oxide? What would that product do to the laminate causing a non-uniform finish? The flooring is called Easy-Clic. I'm calling the flooring dealer tomorrow, but, I'd like a little more knowledge under my belt. Thanks so much for your input!

Alan

Alan at April 5, 2009 5:32 PM

We have just installed a new kitchen with light wooden doors and black granite effect worktops we have replaced previous tiles with lightish brown/fawn mottled (sort of!) we wre intending to paint the walls primrose or similar.The problem is deciding on the colour of the floor..area approx 12 sq. metres.Do you think matching the worktop colour would be a step too far as going for a lighter colour one needs to be a bit careful not to clash with the light wooden door colour.The room has plenty of natural light.Any ideas?

Robin at April 6, 2009 6:09 AM

Hi Alan,
You can do some research by going to google.com and using the search terms "aluminum oxide" (in quotes - just like I have typed it) and something like the word flooring -- you should get some info that way.

Keep in mind, I'm not saying that for sure that's what it's coated with, but chances are it is. I'm sure it's something that is sprayed on at the factory, run through a machine. Factory machines do malfunction. Spray heads could get clogged, or run low on the sealer, causing imperfections such as no/not enough finish on each piece. Very possible.

The Flooring Lady at April 7, 2009 3:53 PM

Hi Robin,
Wow......... I really think either would work. What I would do is get a sample of one dark and one light flooring product that you like. That way you can take them home and see which you think would look best.

Do you ever do any photo-editing? You could take a pic of your kitchen and then play with your software, making the floor dark, and then making it look light. It might give you a better over-all idea of how the whole floor would look and hopefully make it easier to decide.

The Flooring Lady at April 7, 2009 4:27 PM

I did google 'aluminum oxide'. The store manager was here and decided that there is a defect with the coating on these floor boards. Now a factory rep will come out. I'll probably be getting another new floor. What do you suggest for cleaning laminate?

Alan

Alan at April 7, 2009 5:09 PM

Hi Alan,
Glad to hear a factory rep will be coming out - I hope he'll do the right thing. As far as cleaning your new floor, I'd suggest just using a vinegar/water mixture (1 part vinegar to 15 parts water or more) and use a microfiber mop. I always have a second one on hand that is clean & dry to kind of buff the floor with to get it really dry and avoid any streaking or smudging that can happen with these floors. A clean, dry microfiber cloth will do just as well too.

Good luck!

The Flooring Lady at April 13, 2009 11:11 PM

I am thinking about Dura Ceramic, but have read of many problems. Do you have any experience with this product?

Thanks,

Kathy

kathy at May 12, 2009 5:06 PM

Hi Kathy,
No, I've personally never used it. What types of problems have you heard about? Often, problems arise from the owner not taking care of it properly.

The Flooring Lady at May 14, 2009 10:11 PM

I found this page discussing doing laminate in the kitchen. We did this about 2 years ago, and I am having mixed opinions now.

We have two dribble monsters (aka black labs) who drink then process to water the floor with all the water in their fur around their mouths..

So, my wife's solution was to put rugs nearly everywhere in the kitchen, and now the kitchen is covered in rugs, some blue, some maroon, and one that has a pattern.

I really think it's just ruining the look of the rest of our beautiful kitchen.

What solutions do you suggest to deal with this? Mine is to put kitchen flooring vinyl back on the kitchen, but there has been all sorts of arguments about doing that.

Really frustrated in VA !

Marty at May 16, 2009 2:18 PM

Hi Marty,
Seriously, I would suggest using a different area with the house for your dribble monsters to eat and drink, maybe then your wife would be willing to toss the area rugs out of the kitchen.

Basically, it's all going to boil down to the two of you being able to achieve some sort of a compromise. Yes, water and laminate flooring don't mix, but if you love the look of and don't want to have to hide it, then the dogs feeding area needs to be moved elsewhere, like maybe a laundry room or garage if practical.

The Flooring Lady at May 17, 2009 11:09 PM

We have cherry-colored oak cabinets. We are getting ready to remodel the whole kitchen and will be adding new green quartz countertops to the pre-existing cabinets, but will be doing something totally different to the floor....we plan on using wood laminate, but don't know whether to match the cabinet color (which is dark), go darker, or go a few shades lighter??? We picked up a few flooring samples at Lowes and Home Depot, but still confused. Thanks for your help.

Kathy at May 25, 2009 5:40 PM

Hi Kathy,
Don't worry, there are no 'rules' about whether or not the wood flooring and wood cabinets have to match. You can go a bit darker or lighter....... or even the same shade! Good luck deciding! ;~)

The Flooring Lady at May 27, 2009 6:41 PM

Hi Kathy We are considering laminate flooring for our family room and kitchen. We currently have engineered flooring n the family rm and with three older English bulldogs - slobbery, etc. Husband was thinking of having it all removed and putting in tile - but suggested we go laminate - what do u think?

Nancy at July 6, 2009 9:07 PM

Hi Nancy, I think you would be very pleased with laminate flooring because of it's durability and its resistance to scratches. It really is a good choice for kitchen areas.

The Flooring Lady at July 7, 2009 9:49 AM

New kitchen addition. Have always had vinyl on floor. Husband would like ceramic tile, but hardness gives me a backache. I would like laminate tile because it has a little "cush" to it, but confused on qualities. Have seen Permaplex (Wilsonart Flooring), high pressure laminate and direct pressure laminate. I know I am going to avoid direct pressure laminate, but is high pressure good enuf? Is the Permaplex more water resistant?

Kathy Ryan at July 31, 2009 10:07 AM

Kathy,

It is true that Permaplex does have some cushion to it. I would consult a local professional with your health concerns as they can help you find the type of flooring that will all your requirements.

The Flooring Lady at July 31, 2009 2:06 PM

I'm considering a laminate kitchen floor, but I often drop cans/heavy objects and have been told that laminate will dent and can not be easily repaired. I have Wilsonart wood flooring in my livingroom for 10years and it still looks beautiful, however, I haven't dropped any heavy objects...
advise?

marianne at October 17, 2009 5:48 AM

Marianne,

Any floor can be damaged when a heavy object is dropped on it, although some are more durable than others. My advice would be to pick what looks and functions best for you and be sure that it is well sealed for the best protection possible. Another suggestion may be to use kitchen rugs in the area that you are most prone to dropping things (like under the can cabinet), and protect the floor.

The Flooring Lady at October 20, 2009 1:44 PM

Various sites say not to install laminate flooring under kitchen cabinets. What about under appliances?

Sheri at October 22, 2009 12:50 PM

Sheri,

I have not heard that, especially in the case of new construction when it would be much easier to install it across the entire floor. I would have the same flooring under the appliances as the rest of the kitchen.

The Flooring Lady at October 26, 2009 8:47 AM

Can we install laminate flooring over vinyl tile or must it be removed?

Dottie at November 9, 2009 10:52 AM

Dottie,

You should be able to install the laminate over the vinyl tile without removing it.

If this is in a kitchen, be sure to check the height of your appliances (dishwasher) to be sure that there will be room, and that the vinyl being underneith will not cause a problem.

The Flooring Lady at November 13, 2009 9:51 AM

Hi! I am going to be installing laminate flooring in my kitchen. I am very excited and can't wait to start. I was told however, that I should seal the seams between each of the planks because the kitchen is a potentially wet area. If I do this, I imagine the planks will almost be "glued" together. What kind of bond/glue/seal should we used for it to be most effective? Is this really necessary?

Chrissa at November 13, 2009 12:26 PM


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