If you have considered laminate floors, odds are you have been advised by at least a few people not to install it in your kitchen. Other people say it works out just fine. So, how do you know whether it’s a good idea or not? The best place to start is knowing the pros and cons, so that you can be informed enough to decide for yourself.
At About Floors n’ More, we know your flooring is a long-term decision and that you should be completely happy with your choice. We want to make sure our customers are very well informed. If you have any questions, we invite you to stop by our showrooms in Jacksonville, FL where our flooring professionals are standing by to help you.
Laminate Ups and Downs
We’ll start with the cons, the first of which is the fact that they can sometimes warp or stain if subjected to standing water. If you catch spills in time, however, there’s no problem. If you purchase the bargain grade laminate floors, with a wear layer that isn’t very thick, it could need replacing in about ten years. This is only a problem if you’re looking for something a bit more long term. Unlike hardwood floors, laminate cannot be refinished. Again, if you’re looking to remodel after a decade or so, you won’t particularly mind this aspect.
On the upside, laminate floors are much more affordable than solid hardwood floors, luxury vinyl and many other kitchen floor materials you might be advised about. In many instances, installation will be more affordable as well. This leaves you with a lot more money in pocket at the end of the process.
Laminate floors are very resistant to scratching, staining and dents, especially if you invest in a laminate that has a nice thick wear layer. It also resists fading, which can be a big plus for kitchens with lots of windows that are often open, allowing a lot of sunlight. Laminate is also very easy to clean, really only needing a simple dust mop or damp mop in most situations.