Wood laminate flooring seems like an attractive, low-maintenance floor for our Bremerton, WA, home. Our house (and budget) is modest. We'd like to keep a visual flow by extending the laminate flooring from the living/dining areas into the adjoining kitchen. Is wood laminate flooring okay to use in kitchens?
Lauren F. ~ Bremerton, Washington
In your question you refer to two different types of flooring, wood laminate flooring and laminate flooring. Wood laminate flooring is very different from laminate flooring. Wood laminate flooring is really engineered wood flooring, and is constructed entirely from wood plies that are laminated together.
Laminate floors are made entirely from manmade materials with a print layer on top which is covered by an extremely tough wear coat. Both products would be good materials to use on the floor in your kitchen, however always check with the manufacturer to see if there are any installation areas that will void warranties.
Laminated wood will be more expensive than laminate flooring, so if budget is a primary concern, then I would look into the non- wood laminate family.