Installing Laminate Flooring in Kitchen
Welcome to this blog post about when to lay Laminate, Timber Engineered or Wood Flooring. This post follows on from our previous post about How to tile a kitchen floor – Do you install the kitchen cabinets or floor first.
Unlike tiled flooring there is a wrong way to installing laminate flooring in kitchen. Never lay a laminate, timber engineered or solid wood floor and have the kitchen fitted on top of this.
All three of these surfaces are designed to allow for movement and allowing for this in the fitting is critical in being able to maintain the manufacturers guarantee. If you fit a kitchen on top of any of these floor coverings it will restrict movement. Not only will this nullify the manufacturers guarantee, it is highly likely the flooring joints will crack, as there is no room for expansion.
Even if you think your sub floor looks level, always lay a self-levelling compound first. Your kitchen cabinets should now be fitted on the level sub floor. Do not fit end panels, plinth or any floor-mounted appliances, free standing or integrated.
Once your cabinets are in place, this is the correct time to lay your laminate, timber engineered or solid wood flooring which should be laid within 5 – 10mm of the cabinet legs, ensuring that the finished flooring is carried through into all appliance recesses. Never go tight up to cabinet legs, as once again this will restrict the expansion of your new floor. Once the finished surface has been laid you can now fit your décor panels, plinths and appliances.
If your kitchen were fitted on top of any of these floor coverings and in the worst case scenario you had a washing machine leak or a burst water pipe for example, the only way to replace your flooring would be to remove the kitchen first, then replace the flooring and finally refit the kitchen.
Always, always, always allow for an expansion joint on laminate, timber engineered or solid wood flooring. Never, ever fit a kitchen on top of any of these floor finishes.
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Always remember that expansion joints will need to be included on the perimeter of the room as well, so please consider whether to replace your skirting as well as any threshold strips in doorways. You can fit a coving to the existing skirting but in our opinion this does not look a professional finish. Best practice and the correct way to install any of these flooring methods would be to remove the skirting, lay the flooring, allowing for an expansion joint and then fix new skirting to cover the expansion joint. Existing architraves can normally be trimmed for the flooring to go underneath so these would not necessarily need to be replaced, although most people do. Don’t forget as well, if you decide on new skirting and architrave, these will need decorating as well so you will need to build this into your budget.
Once your flooring has been fitted, please make sure that your fitter protects your floor thoroughly. If your fitter will not do this or asks you to cover the floor, show him the door, as this is his responsibility and not yours. We always protect the customer’s floor no matter what the circumstances, even to the extent that carpet protectors will go through to the powder room, or loo.
We offer the complete service to customers so this whole process could be included within our contract. It’s always worth checking whether your fitter could carry out these works as containing it in one contract is much less disruptive and much more efficient for the customer.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post and that you find our advice helpful on installing laminate flooring in kitchen. If you are thinking of Tiling your kitchen floor, then please read this blog post here.
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