maralav

What kind laminate floor w/ lt oak cabinets/white appliances?

maralav
17 de Julio de 2015

Leaning towards hardwood or stone look? Can't decide color either. Appliances have s/s handles. Would gray look okay?

Comentarios (12)

  • PRO
    JudyG Designs

    Why have you decided on laminate floor for your kitchen? That would not be my first choice because, even though modern laminates are better at resisting water damage than they used to be, it is still an issue, and water should never be
    left standing on these floors; nor should
    you ever wet mop the floor to clean it. The finish is important, too, and you need to find one that is a little roughed up to avoid slipping.

    Not what you asked, though. What is on the floor in the abutting room? If it is a wood floor, chose the stone look laminate.

  • maralav

    Thanks for your input. Thought the laminate would be durable, easy care and not break the bank. Other suggestion? Still have carpet in the abutting rooms. Will be replacing with hardwood at some point, but kitchen floor is in desperate need of replacement, so wanted to do that first.

  • katinparadise

    If you're looking for a tough wearing floor for your kitchen, consider luxury vinyl planks instead of laminate. Water resistant and they run about the same price as a laminate. You can get both stone and wood looks. Pictures of your space would be helpful in giving you more ideas.

  • PRO
    Flooret

    I would 100% agree with what katinparadise says about considering vinyl. Especially in a kitchen, but really anywhere in your home, vinyl is a great alternative to laminate. It lasts longer, has a better health record (remember laminate was the culprit in the recent allegations against Lumber Liquidators), and is 100% water-proof. Laminate will swell up and buckle with any kind of moisture. Here are some grey options to give you an idea (you can click the link for more info on this particular collection):



    Maltan Vinyl Plank · Más información

    Nevis Vinyl Plank · Más información

    Wychwood Vinyl Plank · Más información

  • PRO
    Cancork Floor Inc.

    If a quick, cheap replacement is required...then laminate works. BUT OWNER BEWARE!!! Many home owners have had to replace most/all of their kitchen installed laminate floor by year 3. Scratch resistance is not "durable" when it comes to kitchens.

    Homeowners have discovered that steam from a dishwasher will cause laminates to bubble and warp by year 3 (partial replacement). Continuous "small splashes" have caused laminates to be beyond saving by year 7 (full replacement). And ice-makers have a long and glorious history of destroying laminate inside of 6 months (when fridges leak, they leak continously = new laminate required inside 1 year).

    If you plan to replace the laminate in 3-5 years from today...then it doesn't matter what colour you get. Get the cheapest thing on the shelf ($0.89/sf = sale price) and install it. You will rip it out in 3-5 years anyways. You can always tell your guests: "It's only temporary. We couldn't live with the plywood subfloor anylonger". They will understand.

    If you NEED MORE than 3 years out of this temporary floor, please look at something else.

  • maralav

    Guess I'll give vinyl another look. Current floor is vinyl, though and I've never been really happy with it. After just a couple years, we started to notice small tears. difficulty keeping it looking clean and spots that just won't clean up no matter what we try. It is over 10 years old now, so maybe vinyl flooring has improved. Really want something easy to maintain. Thanks

  • PRO
    Completely Floored

    I sell all sorts of flooring and part of my sales is comprised of at least 30 thousand square feet of laminate per month. A great majority of my laminate sales go into a large portion of a customers home including the kitchen. Can laminate be compromised by standing water.... YES. However, on average this is not the case. Most of the ill's you hear about laminate is because people are purchasing crap laminate, installing or cleaning incorrectly. What dictates a quality laminate?... Primarily the locking system. The Unilin system in my opinion is one of the best on the market. With a good locking system comes a tight fit and a tight fit is a good insurance policy that most spills will not migrate down into the HDF core. Honestly most claims on quality laminate are installation related not performance related. The beauty of laminate in the past couple of years is that some of the material had become so realistic that it is increasingly difficult for the layperson to discern between laminate and hardwood. If I were to give any advice on laminate it would be "you get what you pay for". I have tried to sell the .99 cents or 1.59 a sf laminate and it bites us every time with dissatisfied customers. I cannot sell it with good conscience no matter the profit because we care to much about our customers. I would recommend going to: http://nalfa.com/ (North American Laminate Association). I also agree with the option of a LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank). Again, you get what you pay for. A really Good LVP can be more expensive or the same cost a good Laminate. It is of the utmost importance that you choose a lvp that has a fiberglass scrim which gives stability and lessens the chances of shrinkage. I would look at Engage, Moduleo or Karndean products which will set you back at least 4.50 a sf. One last tidbit of advice is to purchase "Brand" names that are Made in America. All of the American made products have very strict CARB II compliant regulations (especially given all the problems with outsourced material and their high formaldehyde contents). I know you are getting a lot of info thrown at you and I wish you the best of Luck!!!! Please email anytime if you have any questions.

  • maralav

    Thank you so much for all the great information!

  • PRO
    Completely Floored

    It is my pleasure :)

  • PRO
    Select Hardwood Floor Co.

    Agree with @Completely Floored...

    The common theme & relative factors will ALWAYS be price vs. product.

    The public must realize that LOW cost and GOOD value very seldom come in the same package. It's a simple fact of life.

  • katinparadise

    I think you're wise to give luxury vinyl planks a good look. I have laminate in my old house and wish it had been available when I replaced my floors 10 plus years ago. I've been looking at laminate to replace 1000 s.f. of carpet in my home in Florida but have decided that LVP is the way to go. 2 dogs, a cat, and some family members who aren't as diligent as I am about wiping up spills on the floor has made me realize that laminate, no matter how good the quality, is not what I need. Today's LVP is nothing like the vinyl you put in your kitchen 10 years ago. Good luck on your project!

  • maralav

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. LVP seems like the way to go

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