Platinum Flooring has been on the floors for over 10 years now and often we are asked “What flooring type would suit my high traffic kitchen zone? Is laminate flooring the right choice for my kitchen? ”
From the sales blurb perspective laminate flooring is the perfect choice for every room? But is it really the right choice for every corner of the house? Platinum Flooring based on its experience has penned down pros and cons of installing laminate flooring in your kitchen.
As mentioned in our laminate flooring maintenance guide published on our website, the prime benefits of laminate flooring are affordability, ease of installation on any base and low maintenance. Incase of owners looking for cheaper flooring options, laminate flooring is advised for high traffic zones of the home as its easy to clean and care for because of the thick and clear wear layers that cover the surface of the flooring.
Pros And Cons Of Laminate Flooring
So getting to the pros and cons of installing laminate flooring in your kitchen. The simplest answer to this is laminate can be installed in the kitchen, and actually works quite well. The Major concern of owners while installing floors in their kitchen area is Water Damage.
Water is a bad thing for most of the floor types. Even ceramic and porcelain tiles, as water resistant as they are, they have water absorption limits. If water stays on ceramic tile long enough, it’s inevitable that the tile will absorb water. The only perfectly impermeable kitchen floor available at present is sheet resilient flooring (sheet vinyl) because vinyl in itself is non-porous in nature and it has practically no seams.
There are two possible ways in which you can get your laminate wet: from ordinary use or from a catastrophic event. Ordinary use means that you slosh water out of the pan onto the floor and quickly mop it up. Catastrophic event means that your dishwasher water supply pipe leaks and you don’t discover the mess for next 2-3 days.
Platinum Flooring with its team of engineers have designed technique’s to help avoid damage to your laminate flooring caused by water.
- Sealed Surface: In most of the cases the top of your laminate flooring is sealed with the wear layer and the bottom is coated, edges are raw and thus prone to soaking up water. While a properly installed laminate floor has seams on the top that are so tight that they are practically non-existent while the perimeter is covered with baseboards or quarter-round. Theoretically, water won’t even reach the core.
- Core Is Pretty Good Against Water: One frequent blow against laminate is that it is engineered wood and not “real wood.” The fact that it’s “engineered wood” acts for its strength. Lignocellulosic fibers are combined with a synthetic resin which act as a bonding agent in-case of laminate. The addition of these non-organic resins help promote dimensional stability to your laminate flooring. In other words, the bonding agents help the core of the laminate maintain its shape–to a certain degree–when exposed to water. To test this theory, we conducted a small practical analysis, we cut a small piece of laminate to expose the raw core by soaking it in water. Even after two hours, we had an unswollen laminate core and the top layers were still intact, i.e. they did not de-laminate.