Who doesn’t love the look of polished hard flooring, such as stone tiles, in their kitchen? But standing on tiles for a long period can certainly take a toll on your knees, back and joints. You may not get a break from cooking, but you can certainly give your joints and back a break and boost your standing-at-the-stove comfort with other resilient floors, such as laminate. No flooring is perfect as is the case with most things in life, but laminate almost is.
Invented in the 1970s, it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that laminate became popular. Although it appears like wood, it is a 100% man-made flooring. And because it’s a synthetic product, it’s relatively affordable, super easy to install (it’s like making a puzzle; (almost) everyone can do it), and if you aren’t up to the task of installing it yourself, you can hire flooring services and have professionals do it for you. Let’s take a look at some of its features and see why it is such a popular flooring choice for kitchens world-wide.
- Although laminate doesn’t have a large lifespan, that doesn’t have to necessarily be considered a bad thing. If you ever need a section of it replaced for whatever reason – you can do it with little to no fuss. It’s also relatively inexpensive so you can get a few extra tiles and planks and store them in your garage in case you seriously damage the floor.
- It holds up to great wear, so if you have kids and/or pets and are on a tight budget, the laminate is the choice for you. Moreover, it is extremely resilient and functional. Simply put, you get the look of wood at a lesser cost and basically no hassle.
- Laminate provides a much softer underfoot when compared to other materials, such as linoleum or vinyl. This in turn completely removes any joint and back pain you might have while walking on it, regardless whether you are walking barefoot or wearing shoes.
- Laminate is moisture-resistant which proves time and time again that it’s the best option when it comes to kitchen flooring. Making a mess in the kitchen is quite the common sight in almost every home, as cooking is not always the simplest of chores. However, worry not – high humidity doesn’t destroy laminate. Even when it comes to cleaning up afterward, you can easily use a wet scrap of cloth and run over it without having to worry whether it will cup. This feature of laminate floors makes them super easy to maintain, which in return contributes to their long lifespan.
- You can choose between many different patterns and colours which won’t limit your selection when it comes to buying a brand new floor. Custom made laminate flooring can fit into any type of décor perfectly.
Besides being a great solution for kitchen flooring, laminate can perfectly fit in the décor and style of the rest of the rooms in your home as well. It can be installed basically everywhere – the living room, the bedroom, a garage, etc. The sheer versatility and resistance it offers makes it a great option for every room; plus, the simple method of installing it means that you can save money by doing it yourself instead of calling flooring services. Go for it.