Water-Resistant Laminate Flooring – Juniper Home
There are different opinions about laminate flooring in the kitchen, some cheap and some unfavorable. Let's look at both the beneficial and undesirable properties of laminate flooring in the kitchen.
Laminate floors in the kitchen are self-holding against water, as a well-laid laminate has seams on the upper sealed layer and the perimeter is covered with quarter-round or skirting boards. Water can not get into the core. The laminate floor contains lignocellulosic fibers combined with a synthetic resin binder. These inorganic resins help the core retain its shape to some extent when exposed to water.
Laminate flooring consists of three layers, namely the core substrate, the image layer and the wear layer. The melamine wear layer protects the sensitive image layer. Because of this feature, it has been found that the laminate floor in the kitchen can withstand hard scratches, such as those caused by pushing a chair or table.
It is also easy to replace a laminate section as needed. It is a floating floor, ie it is not connected to the ground and the boards are not permanently connected.
Laminate floors in the kitchen have disadvantages, which also need to be discussed.
Curling is a complaint that many people often make with laminate flooring. The tiles often wave at the edges when water gets on the material, which adversely affects the floor and the room ambience.
Some types of laminate flooring carry the risk of slipping. It is recommended to use laminate flooring that does not lose its friction even when wet.
The removal of laminates is another problem where the liquids spilled on the floor cause the adhesives responsible for holding together the different layers of material to separate and splinter the tiles.
COST AND MAINTENANCE
Laminate for the kitchen costs less than other floor types. Another feature that lowers costs is that the tiles themselves can easily be installed by the customer without having to hire a contractor.
Maintenance is easy too. The spilled liquids should be wiped off regularly. The wear layer of the material should also be protected by periodically sweeping or vacuuming to remove the dust particles that will damage the wear layer.