If you’re researching flooring options for your kitchen, there are several goodones to choose from.
Luxury vinyl or ceramic tile are commonly considered, but in Toronto, laminate flooring can also be a strong contender. Depending whom you ask, the choice to put this material in your kitchen can be controversial, but as long asyou’re informed of the pros and cons for this highly affordable material, you can make the right choice for yourself.
Detractors who insist there’s no place for laminate flooring in Toronto kitchens will be quick to warn you how easily water damage can occur. That must be taken with a grain of salt because professionally installed laminate will have very tight seams, which are not susceptible to water seeping through. When it comes to water damage, problems arise only if the laminate core becomes wet, and this part of the flooring is protected with a wear layer on top and waterproof coating on the bottom. Catastrophic spills, such as a burst pipe or leaking dishwasher supply line, or spills that are left pooling for a long time may eventually seep to the core and cause warping. However, in the case of everyday spills that will be promptly wiped dry, this material is on equal footing with other flooring choices such as engineered wood and solid hardwood.
What’s the downside?
When it comes to maintenance, a downside of laminate floors is that damaged sections often cannot be refinished as with hardwood; they must be replaced. This can be challenging if the installation was done months or years earlier because manufacturers introduce new colours and discontinue old styles. It may be very difficult to find an exact match if your flooring is no longer sold. Some higher-end versions of laminate will allow for at least one refinishing. Advocates of laminate in the kitchen point to its durability and ease of cleaning. Toronto laminate flooring resists fading and cannot easily be scratched, dented or stained. It can often be cleaned with a dust mop or a quick damp mop. In the case that a plank does need replacing, proponents will highlight that the process is more comfortable than with many other choices because the floor is floating, not fixed to the subfloor with glue.
Ease of Cleaning
Ease of Replacement
Another big pro for those who choose laminate is the price: this material is more economical than luxury vinyl, solid hardwood, and many other kitchen floor materials you might be considering. Installation is often lower-cost than other options as well, which means more money in your pocket even if you spring for an extra carton or two as a precaution in case of damage over the course of time. One last consideration when it comes to laminate: it’s not made to last forever. That can be a pro or con depending on how you look at it. Will you be remodelling or updating your kitchen again in ten years? If the answer is yes, then you can easily replace your worn flooring with something new at that point.