img031-293x300With so much going on in today’s kitchen, your floor has to be tough as well as beautiful.

Let’s face it; few things are more frustrating than putting groceries away and having a can of black-eyed peas decide to make a run for it… off the counter to the floor below. Wham! With a hardwood floor, you’ll probably get a nice dent in your floor. With ceramic tile, you could get a chip or a crack. However, with laminate, you may not get any damage at all.

If you do, replacing a damaged laminate plank can be relatively easy, whereas replacing damaged vinyl can be tricky, particularly if you’re matching a pattern. If laminate flooring is what you have in your kitchen, you’ll know firsthand that laminate flooring is not only tough but, as a floating floor, also easy to repair for those kitchen mishaps.

We asked Jody Smith, our quality-control expert at Swiss Krono, to weigh in on this topic: “In general, the thicker the plank, the more resistant the floor becomes to fracture from a dropped object,” she said. “All Swiss Krono floors meet and exceed a light commercial rating on ‘Large Ball Impact Resistance’ and ‘Small Ball (Dart) Impact Resistance’ tests.”

Don’t Trap the Built-In Dishwasher
There are two things to remember about dishwashers:

  1. They are usually installed under cabinet counter tops that aren’t going anywhere, and
  2. They will wear out and need replacing before your laminate ever floor will.

So when installing your new, thick laminate floor, it’s important not to trap your dishwasher in its cavity. Make sure you can adjust the feet on the dishwasher enough to slide it out without having to rip out or damage the planks in front of it.

Protecting Those Laminate Flooring-Expansion Joints
To protect expansion joints from moisture from that turned-over pitcher of lemonade, use 100% mildew-resistant silicone sealant. Expansion joints, as you may know, are the exposed edges of the floor around the perimeter of the room. A spill can send water shooting across the room where it can seep between the quarter-round molding and reach the unprotected edges of the planks. That’s why a bead of silicone sealant applied from a caulk gun is a good idea in the kitchen-expansion joints. Silicone is flexible and can expand with the floor. Check out DAP’s Kitchen and Bath silicone sealant.

Laminate flooring in a kitchen can truly transform that space so the vibe truly reinforces how it is the hub of family life.