The Case for Laminate Floors in Your Kitchen

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Laminate flooring has been around for a while and it remains a popular choice in kitchen design.  More than any other room in the house, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Eating is a bonding activity that brings adults, children and pets together.  It’s where holiday meals are celebrated, birthday candles are blown out and treats are given to our furry friends. With so much activity going on in one room, durable flooring that provides function and style is a must.  Laminate floors can provide all of that and more.

 

When it comes to style, this material has come a long way. Modern laminate is capable of resembling real hardwood and tile better than ever before, making it a cost-effective investment.  No more discarding imperfect materials, such as when you install hardwood, since laminate flooring has no defects.  This material comes in an array of looks so there’s sure to be a design that appeals to you.

 

Installation is fast and easy. Older laminate uses glue to bind pieces together, while modern laminate has large tiles that lock into each other through a fold or click design.  Pieces can be custom cut with ease.  Beneath the flooring, a moisture barrier is put in place for extra protection, which is essential for the kitchen area. This barrier makes it possible for laminate to be installed in moist areas all over the house.

 

Another reason to love laminate is its resistance to scratches, dents and stains. Constructed of four durable layers, this flooring stands up beautifully to high traffic areas, making it easy for it to withstand everyday messes. Cleanup is a breeze, requiring only hot water and a mop.  Be sure to clean flooring promptly if dirty to maintain its protective coating.  For regular maintenance, use a dry dust mop to keep surfaces looking their best. 

 

With all of these benefits, it’s easy to understand why laminate is a smart choice for any busy home. Contact us today to find out how to make laminate flooring the star feature of your kitchen. Our experts will match you up with the perfect style to complement your space. 

Laminate

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Laminate isn’t always the first thing you imagine when you are redoing the floors in your house. You may want to rethink that sentiment when you research a little bit more about the new options available to you. Gone are the days of the cheap laminate from the 70s—modern day laminate can be molded to mimic real wood and tiling in a way that was not available before and at a fraction of the cost of natural materials. This can change the game for families who are on a budget and may need to use the money elsewhere in their remodel.


Due to modern technology, laminate flooring is able to be produced at quality levels that would fool most—companies can mimic texture and color and method of installation to create a realistic rendition of whatever material you are trying to mimic. You can find laminate that looks like wood and even natural stone. But it’s ability to save you money while also recreating the material you wanted to use originally isn’t laminate’s only plus side.

 

Laminate is easy to maintain—not only is it a breeze to clean up on a regular basis, an important fact for those with children, but it is also stain resistant. This can be very useful in rooms such as your kitchen and living room where spills are more prone to occurring. This type of flooring is also not prone to fading with direct sun light which is a concern with hardwood floors. 

 

Laminate is also very durable. If you have a high energy household with pets and children running around, laminate is a great choice to consider. It is exceptionally durable and is very resistant to impacts and indentations. This is great for accommodating households and rooms with high foot traffic. 

 

Don’t knock laminate until you’ve at least explored this option. Just take a look at the picture above and see how realistically it mimics the natural materials it is meant to copy. If you are dying to get started on your remodel but the costs of natural materials scares you away every time, consider laminate for your family’s household. Come check out our selection at Dolphin Carpet and see how laminate might be right for you!

The Modern Bedroom

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Designing with the intention of creating a modern look to your bedroom is sometimes difficult to imagine, especially if this is your first foray into modern interior design. Don’t let this deter you—with the right guidance and your own inspiration you can breathe new life into your bedroom and make it a place worthy of more than just sleeping.  

 

There are many different ways you can create a modern statement in your bedroom and build out the rest of your design from this statement piece. For example, a large, structured, geographic chandelier can add drama to your bedroom and act as the centerpiece. Once the main focal point in the room has been decided upon, the rest of your design will follow. If your chandelier is made of glass and metal this might lead to a smattering of glass vases and metal bedroom furniture to accent.

 

Accent walls are another great way to give your design a jumping off point and there are several ways of doing this. You could try to create a modern look by using neutrals in a geometric fashion along the wall behind your bed. Alternatively you can try using little to no color in the rest of your room except for a “pop” of color, for example a vibrant chartreuse accent wall that matches a couple of throw pillows and your bedside lamp. If you aren’t feeling like paint is what inspires you try imagining a wall that is paneled with wood. This is a great way to bring both a modern and rustic look to your bedroom.

 

Floor choice is another important aspect of your room design.  Wood floors have a classic look and feel, but can easily fit into a modern design scheme.  A dark wood finish is a wonderful choice for a modern floor – for instance this hickory finish on Orchard Fields by Mohawk.  

 

The final touch to your modern inspired bedroom is to focus on soft lighting. You want to be able to relax in your bedroom.  Harsh lighting can not only ruin your design efforts, but strain your eyes or even make it difficult to fall asleep. What you choose for lighting will depend greatly on what type of statement piece you chose to base your room’s design off of. Look for lighting that uses soft, indirect light that can be adjusted based on your needs.

 

Using a focal point in your room and using that to inspire the rest of your room’s design is a great way to keep your design focused and edited, while still feeling inspired and fresh. 

Making Floor Selections Based on Proportion

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When making flooring selections keep in mind the proportion of the area you are selecting for. There is a certain scale in any space. Figure out what size your room is first. Is it large and vast? Or is it more intimate and cozy in scale?

Flooring patterns should be selected with care. Beware of selecting a large carpet pattern or large size tiles if the space is smaller. This can cause a room to feel overwhelming or lose the scale of the pattern. If you are unsure set a sample of the flooring in the room, step back and try to imagine it covering the floor. Leave it in the room for a day or two and see how you react to it.  In smaller areas it is important that the flooring isn’t too busy. Avoid intricate tile flooring and carpet patterns in a small space.

If you want to be creative with your tile design but don’t have a lot of room to work, consider selecting one size tile and create a design with just that size. You can place the tile on the diagonal. You can offset the tiles to create a more textured look.

Hardwood flooring can add warmth and comfort to a large area. When selecting hardwood consider using larger width planks for the larger scaled rooms and use smaller width planks for smaller spaces. Keep in mind you can also create a textured look by how you place your planks. You can place hardwood on the diagonal, offset the boards or create a chevron type of design. These are just a few ideas how to make your flooring more interesting.

A great way to visualize different flooring selections is by using our online Virtual Room Designer tool.  We even have a tool to upload your own photo in order to see how your room would look with various selections!  

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Laminate Installation

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Understanding the basics of installation will increase your knowledge of the process, and enhance your confidence in the installers.

  • use a professional
  • installed using a “floating floor system”
  • padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the planks or tiles
  • planks or tiles sit on the underlayment, not anchored to the subfloor, and are connected to form a “one-piece” floating floor
  • installation can produce a hollow sound, reduced with a quality underlayment
  • floor will have a slight give underfoot, for more comfort
  • slight ridging or peaking where planks or tiles are joined can occur
  • glueless installations lock together without adhesive
  • consult the manufacturer’s warranty and care guide to see how often to clean the floor and the cost

 Potential additional expenses:

  1. Furniture removal/replacement
  2. Demolition/disposal of old floor covering
  3. Sub-floor preparation
  4. Product delivery
  5. Laminate installation, cost per square foot
  6. Materials required to complete

Process

  • installer inspects the  subfloor for imperfections
  • floor is then cleaned
  • underlayment placed over the subfloor
  • planks are laid
  • installers begin in the left corner leaving a minimum ¼” space between the flooring and perimeter walls
  • spacers are used to ensure the accuracy of this perimeter
  • after the floor is installed, spacers are removed and cover the perimeter gap with quarter round trim or a wall base
  • planks are laid in the desired pattern
  • planks are measured and cut to fit
  • floors that require glue on the sides begin by gluing the first two planks in the first row together
  • clamps or straps to hold pieces together

Before installation day

  • relocate furniture
  • empty china cabinets and closets
  • consider removal and disposal of old floorcovering
  • remove it yourself and leave 1 day before install
  • for carpet, leave tack strips and pull out staples

Trim

  • moldings and baseboards removed for additional costs
  • installers not responsible for breakage
  • painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching (your responsibility)

Sub flooring

  • may need to be prepared
  • new sub floor may be required
  • a job best left to the professionals

Door plan

  • possibility that doors may not clear the new floor and swing free
  • installers may remove doors and re-hang for an additional cost.
  • for clearance issues, arrange for a qualified carpenter to shave or cut down

Clean-up

  • waste will be produced
  • waste collected and disposed of by installers at an additional cost

Installation day

  • be home and available
  • be prepared for questions
  • presence insures the right wood is installed in the right areas
  • exact time of arrival cannot be guaranteed, only a time frame

Safety

  • installers use tools and techniques that can be hazardous
  • make sure that children and pets are out of the work area
  • follow through with a walk-thru
  • prior to completion-walk thru to ask questions and be clear on any final details

After installation day

  • established good ventilation for 48 to 72 hours
  • be prepared

 

Vinyl Flooring – An Introduction

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That’s why our goal is to provide you with quality resilient flooring products that offer a positive and lasting effect on your home. Products that beautify your home, enhance décor, meet your specific comfort, performance and budget needs, are easy to care for, and stand the test of time. To help achieve our goal, we’ve created a library of resilient flooring knowledge, style choices, shopping tips, buying considerations and upkeep dos and don’ts. It’s all conveniently contained in this section of our website.

Resilient floors

  • have some “give” or elasticity when you walk across them
  • often used in kitchens and baths
  • resistant to moisture
  • wide variety of colors and textures
  • easy to keep clean
  • main enemy is grit or sand
  • completely customize your floor by mixing contrasting colors patchwork style, creating medallions or curved cuts
  • some resilient floors are vinyl but not all vinyl floors are resilient

2 types of vinyl flooring: sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile (LVT)

LVT

  • all the advantages of vinyl
  • available in a wide array of colors
  • can look good anywhere
  • spare tiles can be kept on hand to repair worn areas
  • opens up unlimited possibilities for creating unique patterns

Vinyl flooring

  • no other flooring offers the selection, styling, ease of maintenance and value
  • can realistically mimic the look of ceramic, stone and wood grain
  • linoleum is not a resilient flooring