Kitchen Laminate Flooring
What is Kitchen Laminate?
A great alternative to solid wood flooring, laminate is easy to install and cost-effective. The technology used to produce laminate flooring has improved considerably in recent years, and now micro-bevels, texturing and better use of graphics have resulted in a flooring solution that is closer in looks to real wood flooring. For kitchens, where maintainability and hygiene are more important than other areas of a property, laminate is a great option that is easy to keep clean and quick to install, which means your kitchen won’t be out of use for long while your new floor is being fitted.
One of the main reasons why kitchen laminate has become such a popular option in recent years is the cost – it’s much more affordable than hardwood floors like engineered wood flooring, which can be expensive for larger rooms, while still offering a great look that’s realistic. Traditional laminate flooring has been slippery, but modern flooring manufacturers have developed textured laminate boards that are slip-resistant and offer more grip, which is perfect for kitchens where safety is important.
Durability of Kitchen Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has a top layer that protects the photographic layer underneath, which makes it somewhat resistant to scratches and highly resistant to staining. It’s an easy to clean material that can be mopped and vacuumed, without the need for floor waxes to maintain the sheen. One of the disadvantages to laminate flooring is that it can’t be refinished, so deeper scratches or dents can’t be sanded out like they can with solid hardwood flooring. It’s also important to clean up spills quickly, which can be common in kitchens, in order to prevent water from seeping between the boards which can cause swelling. When cared for properly, high-quality laminate flooring can last for many years and retain a great appearance.
Variety of Kitchen Laminate Flooring
Kitchen laminate flooring is one of the most versatile flooring options as there are so many styles and colours to choose from. From those that replicate the authentic look of real hardwood to those that look like stone, metal or ceramic tiles. There are options to suit a wide range of décor styles, so it’s easy to find the ideal match for your kitchen, whether you’re in need of a timeless and classic look or you want something more contemporary.
The various options available make it a great way of updating your kitchen quickly and without hassle. We offer a range of colours to choose from, from light grey and light beige through to brown, as well as 8mm laminate and 12mm laminate thicknesses to suit different needs. This style of flooring can be used to great effect in kitchens, but also in utility rooms, conservatories and even bedrooms.
Laminate flooring can be installed over most substrates, from concrete and wood to plywood and even previously installed luxury vinyl flooring. Because laminate doesn’t expand and contract in the same way that real wood does, it’s ideal for areas where hardwood flooring can’t be used. Laminate flooring forms a floating floor which means it doesn’t need to be nailed or glued to the subfloor – most varieties of laminate have a click lock system that means the boards fit together quickly and efficiently.
Kitchen Laminate Flooring Samples
Before you install kitchen laminate flooring, it’s a good idea to check the colour and style works well for the space. You can order samples through Direct Flooring Online to check before you buy, to help you make the right choice. We offer up to three samples which we send via Royal Mail to arrive within 2-4 days – combined with the images on our site, you’ll be able to gain a clearer picture of how the laminate you’ve chosen will look in your kitchen.