I have tiles in our kitchen at the moment and want to replace it.
Would laminate flooring be a good option?
Is it possible to lay it over our existing flooring?
I would advise against laminate in a kitchen. Most laminates are not forgiving at all when water is soaked into the joints.
A kitchen has all kinds of opportunities for accidental standing water to be left on the floor. Water cooler leaking, fridge loosing power and defrosting, dog knocking over their water bowel, sink supply leaking overnight, etc.
If your budget allows you, remove the existing tiles and repair concrete or glue. Put down a drypack (cement/sand) and level the floor. Put back new tiles with heated floor if money is no object and cost justifies re-sale of house down the road.
Do not put anything on existing tiles, as it raises the floor and if you have another surface nearby, it will create a step. I would remove all tiles and repair floor boards, if damaged or wet (replace), screw them down again and put a nice hardwood floor all around. Nowadays hardwood is very much in vogue and style with new homes. Cost for Oak is around $6-7 installed or Maple $7-8 installed per square foot.
Laminate will not stand up to spills as everyone has correctly pointed out.
You can go with nice marble or stone tiles $10 - 15 per square foot or HW as above.
Leave the cabinets in place and just butt the new floor to it.
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