A most provoking question that many have is whether or not to make use of laminate kitchen flooring. It is not easily acceptable as its considered undesirable in most scenarios. But the answer is, kitchen floors can be easily laminated and there is nothing wrong in doing so. There are a lot of horror stories from people who have installed laminate floorings in their kitchens. But this was during the earlier period. Nowadays, the process of material manufacturing has grown to a great extent.
Some problems of laminated kitchen flooring:
The issues that arise include curling where when water is spilled, the tiles start curling inwards, spoiling the entire ambience of the kitchen. Another complication that can arise is delamination, where the liquids can cause the adhesives present in the floor to separate, causing the floor to completely split apart. Apart from this, the life cycle of laminated kitchens is not very high. The lifetime depends upon the thickness of the layer and the foot traffic at the site of construction. Replacing them is not a viable option and is quite expensive. It cannot be refinished.
Advantages of using laminated kitchen flooring:
Any type of floor is susceptible to problems created by water logging. The supposedly water resistant floors of ceramic and porcelain are also prone to problems caused by water as they have their absorption limitations. When water infiltrates through ceramic tiles, it easily enters the seams. So the only solution for this is to make use of a laminate kitchen flooring as it is non-porous. Also it is easy to install as these days they come with click lock mechanism. The surface is comparatively more durable, as unlike wood, the flooring is devoid of dents and scratches. The “wear layer” of the laminated floor protects the photographic layer underneath. Therefore it is easy to clean and no flooring waxing is required.
Things to be careful about:
We have to make sure we don’t slip in a laminated floor, so it is quite mandatory to choose a finish that can provide traction. Also sometimes it gives a very fake feel and the use of formaldehyde in making the laminates that can lead to the material releasing carbon dioxide which is an ecological concern. Also make sure there is a warranty before making a purchase, in general larger warranties are attached to better quality laminates. Another thing to check for before installing laminated kitchen floor is the underlayment, which is nothing but the sheet of the material that acts as a base and provides foundational support for the flooring.