Installing laminate flooring in kitchens is very common, however, there are a few tricks and tips if you should know if you want to get it done right. There are certain precautions that must be taken when installing in a kitchen. As long as you follow the precautions below, you should have a beautiful floor that will last for years!
Use Glue Appropriately
Laminate glue is recommended to be used to seal the planks at the joints in high risk areas to keep water from seeping in between them. High risk areas include areas where there is a possibility of water damage, such as the area in front of the sink and dishwasher. While you need to leave an expansion gap for a laminate floor to expand and contract properly, in areas that could be exposed to moisture, it is okay to fill the expansion gap with a high quality silicone caulk to prevent water from entering under your floor.
Use A Square Edge Design
Square edge laminate flooring is often recommended in kitchens. Square edges are ideal because they form a very tight lock between planks that reduces risk potential to water damage. A beveled edge floor has grooves between planks that could potentially hold moisture and allow it to seep between planks. However, it is still okay to install beveled edge flooring as long as you take good care of it and apply glue in moisture prone areas.
Choose The Right Underlayment
Underlayment can play an important role in the moisture resistance of your flooring. Be sure to choose an underlayment that has a vapor barrier, such as Vapor Barrier 2-in-1 Underlayment. However, if you’re installing a flooring that has pre-attached underlayment, you should use an underlayment without extra padding, such as Visqueen Vapor Barrier Block. Say your bathtub leaks under the floor into the subfloor, underlayment with vapor block will help protect your floor from moisture damage coming up from underneath the floor. Future you will thank past you for planning ahead!
If In Doubt, Choose Vinyl Flooring
If you are hesitant of installing laminate in your kitchen due to the risk of water damage look into luxury vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl plank flooring is made of virgin vinyl and is 100% water resistant. With the natural look of wood and no risk of moisture damage, luxury vinyl plank flooring may be the solution for you!
Be sure to always read your manufacturer’s warranty information to be sure your warranty won’t be voided by installing your laminate flooring in a kitchen. If you have any more questions, write us in the comments below and we will help you!