You’ve probably heard of laminate in the kitchen before, but we’re not talking countertops, this is new and it’s getting a lot of attention for the ease of installation and many other advantages vs other materials, especially when you want the look of wood and the performance of tile.
Laminate Kitchen Floors Are Pet Friendly
When you want the look of wide plank wood floors but are concerned that your “buddy” may ruin them, perhaps you should consider laminate kitchen floors. While there are many different types and manufacturers of laminate flooring, in terms of durability, it comes down to the wear rating. These products have been commercially used for quite some time now so there is no question in terms of long-term durability. What has really made them so widely popular is how technology is able to make them look so much like real wood. Laminate floors also perform very well with high moisture depending on the type purchase which is another reason they are perfect for pets as well as basements.
Laminate Flooring Installs Easily
I would consider laminate flooring the perfect DIY project. Easy to follow directions are printed right on the carton and very few tools are required for installation. The pieces snap together one by one so even if you make a mistake on one you can remove it and use it elsewhere. This also means the project can be done in small areas as you have time. Laminate flooring is typically installed as a floating floor over the subfloor below it however it can be installed as a direct glue down to the subfloor. If you plan to use the floating floor installation technique for your NJ kitchen remodel you’ll need to plan to install the flooring after the cabinetry as the laminate floor needs room to expand and contract – this would not be the case necessarily with the direct glue down method. Just be aware to plan the appliance openings for the type of application you choose in advance avoid height issues.
Advantages Of Laminate Flooring
- Can be installed directly or existing tile flooring.
- Replace damaged pieces without removing the entire floor.
- Minimal thickness allows for it to be adopted to many spaces/applications.
- Easily installs in your spare time.
- Get the look of wide plank wood floors tile without the worries.