Can I Use Laminate Flooring in My Kitchen?

Remodeling or renovating your kitchen is an exciting process.  However, it can also involve an overwhelming number of choices and questions. One frequently asked question our team receives is "Can laminate flooring can be used in kitchens?"

Is it a good idea to use laminate flooring in a Kitchen?

Laminate is a popular choice for flooring.  It is beautiful, cost effective, and easy to install.  If done correctly, laminate flooring can be a great choice even for your kitchen.  The concern with installing laminate flooring in the kitchen is that it is made from compressed wood particles, so it can be ruined by excessive moisture.  If you take some precautions in choosing which laminate to use, and in the installation process, you should be able to enjoy this beautiful flooring in your kitchen for years.

Choosing a Laminate Flooring for your Kitchen

You should choose a high quality laminate. In a well-made laminate the boards will fit together more tightly, and will use a sealer inside the joints.  Also, a good laminate has a water-resistant resin or glue in the particleboard.  All of this helps to make it less susceptible to water damage than the cheaper varieties.

Installing Laminate Flooring in a Kitchen

When installing laminate flooring in your kitchen, you will want to make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  It is important to use the proper vapor barrier and padding. Do not use pieces of flooring which are damaged or chipped. Also be careful that the pieces are correctly locked together, and leave adequate space around all the edges for the floor to expand and contract. You may also want to seal your edges with silicone caulk.  This will be especially helpful in areas that are most likely to be exposed to water, such as near the sink and dishwasher.

Maintaining Your Laminate Kitchen Floor

Once your floor is in place, you can help to protect it from water damage by wiping up liquid spills quickly.  Allowing them to remain for long periods on the surface of laminate will increase the chances of moisture seeping into the particle board.  For the same reason, you should watch for leaks in your plumbing or from your fridge, so that moisture does not collect inside or under your flooring.

Professional Kitchen Remodeling Services

If you have any questions about laminate flooring or any kitchen remodeling, feel free to contact us at New Life Bath & Kitchen.  We provide professional kitchen and bathroom remodeling service in Orcutt, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez and surrounding areas.