My wife and I are checking into installing laminate flooring in our kitchen.
A number of questions:
1) Is it a good idea to put in laminate in a kitchen?
2) glue or click together?
3) The brand we were looking into is Kaindl - anyone ever used this
4) Any good laminate flooring websites out there that I could look at?
5) Any other tips / suggestions / advice / comments?
Laminate...is that the fake looking wood stuff?
I have some in my entry (it's supposed to pass for real tongue & groove wood
flooring) and I can see where a puddle of water sat...that's a small bubble.
My personal opinion is to use something else...ceramic tiles or even the
heavy duty linoleum squares.
I have a 12" saw and used a 60T blade, so a 40T would be about right on a
10". I recently lent the saw to someone to do laminate and the blade had to
be re-sharpened when done. It is tough stuff to cut.
If you have door jambs and the moldings to slide under, there is a dovetail
saw with an offset handle that cuts them easily. It was maybe $12 at Home
I see a few others posted their dissatisfaction with laminate. My WilsonArt
had been down about 7 years now. It looks as good today as the day it was
installed and it is in the most heavily traveled section of the house and on
the main stairs. Others suggested tiles. I like ceramic tile but it has
downsides also. Depends on the look you want to achieve as the end result
I've had hardwood, then ceramic tile and now Wilsonart Estate Plus laminate
floor in my kitchen. It doesn't have to be glued but they recommend you use
glue in potentially wet areas and we did near the sink and dishwasher. I would
recommend this to anyone for the kitchen. No problems at all after almost two
years and clean up is a breeze. You get what you pay for in laminate flooring
as in most things and I wouldn't go with cheap stuff.
I bought mine through DIYflooring.com and their prices were terrific. I have no
connection with DIY other than as a customer.
I'm doing a survey of laminate flooring at
http://laminateflooring.oncloud8.com/viewtopic?t=3 . Come take a look.
If you have any help reviews that would be great too.
firstname.lastname@example.org (CAStinneford) wrote in message
I did laminate in my whole house. Never again for me. Tile is the only way.
Dogs jumping up and down put dents in the surface. Spills in the kitchen
caused panic for me. I sealed the cabinets and the floor in the kitchen and
still was not comfortable with the situation
: I did laminate in my whole house. Never again for me. Tile is the only way.
: Dogs jumping up and down put dents in the surface. Spills in the kitchen
: caused panic for me. I sealed the cabinets and the floor in the kitchen and
: still was not comfortable with the situation
Must be some damn big dogs. I've had laminate for over 5 yrs and yet to
dent the stuff, but have chipped a couple of spots though.
: Good luck,
We have Wilson Art laminate in our kitchen, which I
installed about 4-5 years ago. It looks as good as when it
was installed. It is glued together and isn't damaged by
moderate amounts of water sitting on it in puddles until
wiped up or 'til they evaporate. I'm not so sure the click
together type are safe to use in a kitchen. There are
plenty of good quality brands. The ones I didn't like were
the cheap click together type and Pergo. You can even get
laminates that look like stone tiles.
: What abt good quality cork flooring in a kitchen?
: I hear its very durable and warm to the feet
I have cork in the bedroom and it is warm to the feet, but it is soft
material and can be easily nicked by dropped pots/pans in the kitchen. I
would recommend plain old sheet vinyl, cheap and durable.
I bought 8.5 mm flooring, by Kaindl.... glueless variety.
Anyone have any comments on this product? Should I glue high traffic areas
of kitchen like in front of the sink?
I'm not familiar with this brand. I've installed Pergo which has pre-glued
on certain systems. On Pergo the glue turns a different color when you
apply water by the applicator, so you know you didn't miss any. I think the
pre-glued is an excellent choice for installing in wet areas such as kitchen
I had Mannington snap together laminate flooring put in my parents condo.
It is nice but the pre finished Oak floors in my house are nicer looking if
you are willing to live with the occassional ding. After 7 years we are
still happy with the bruces floors in the kitchen even with the dings.
But if you want laminate definitely used snap. Mannington can be snapped
and unsnapped unlimited times and edges are treated to be moisture
resistent. Also they give good support by phone or on the web. Some other
brands are a snap once product or a snap no more than 3 times product.
Unlimited is better.
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