Why Laminate Flooring?
Laminate floors offer a significant value in the flooring world, as they resemble the beauty and feel of natural floors without the cost and maintenance associated with them. Thus making them a practical choice for homes with children or pets. This attractive flooring solution is available in a wide variety of wood grains, colours and textures.
Laminate flooring uses a tongue and groove interlocking system that comes in planks or squares of varying sizes. Laminate flooring is composed of several different layers, each one helping to provide laminate flooring with its look and durability.
Proper maintenance and care for your laminate floors will keep them looking great for years to come. Proper maintenance will also protect your investment.
- Laminate flooring is a remarkably durable surface, stain resistant and doesn’t need to be varnished or waxed so it is very easy to maintain.
- Follow these simple maintenance tips from Decor Floors to maintain beautiful laminate flooring.
- Use doormats to prevent outside dirt from being tracked onto your new floors.
- Keep pets’ claws well groomed
- Stick clean felt pads or wide based castersunder the furniture to prevent scratches
- Be very careful when moving furniture, lift properly when possible— do not drag.
- Invest in a good quality broom and sweep your floors regularly.
- Vacuum your floors regularly using soft brush attachments
- Never try to refinish or sand your laminate floors
- Do not wax or polish your laminate floors
- Do not use steel wool or any harsh abrasive cleaners on your laminate floors
- For additional care procedures always refer to the manufacturer's care and maintenance instructions and recommendations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are laminate floors made of?
A: Laminate floors are made up of several materials bonded together at high density. The core is made up of HDF topped by a high-resolution photographic image of natural wood or tile flooring. It is then finished by an extremely hard clear coating, which acts as the protective layer.
Q: How do laminate floor panels lock together?
A: There are many types of locking systems used to connect laminate floor panels together. Uniclic and Välinge are the two most recognized ones. While most of the various systems work well to secure your laminate floor, it is important to read your laminate flooring installation instructions carefully.
Q: Do I have to keep staggering the planks in my laminate flooring installation?
A: The first row should be started with a full plank, the second row with a 2/3 plank and the third row with a 1/3 plank. The distance between joints from one row to the next for the remainder of the installation must be 8 inches or greater.
Q: In which direction should I lay the laminate floors?
A: Technically, direction doesn’t matter when laying laminate floors. Aesthetically, it is usually best to install laminate flooring with the planks running parallel to light entering through windows or glass doors. For any installation, the starting wall should be as long and straight as possible. You can also lay the floor diagonally or in different directions if you use appropriate mouldings. You must allow for additional wastage for diagonal installation.
Q: Can I install laminate floors on concrete?
A: Laminate floors can be installed on concrete. Please make sure that a vapour barrier pad taped at all edges is installed before you lay the laminate. Also, for condominiums the under pad needs have a vapour barrier, as well as sound barrier. The sound rating may vary from building to building.
Q: Can we install laminate over carpet?
A: No, all carpet and padding should be removed before installing laminate. The carpet located under the laminate causes a springing movement when the laminate surface is walked on and this causes excessive pressure in the edge area. This destroys the tongue and groove connection and causes an open joint to form.
Q: Can I put laminate flooring on stairs?
A: You can put laminate flooring on stairs. Adhere the flooring to the stairs fully— do not use the foam underlayment.
Q: How can I increase the shine on my floor?
A: The shine can’t be modified, as it is a manufactured characteristic. So, never polish or wax your laminate floors.
Q: What are the moulding options?
A: There are many different moulding and trim options: Quarter round moldings (use when the flooring meets the wall); Multi-purpose reducer (use between different types of flooring for a smooth transition); T-Molding (use at entranceways and doorways when the flooring continues into another room); Baby threshold (use this at door thresholds, along wall base, at sliding glass doors, and carpets); Flush stair nose (used to finish stairs); Overlap step nose (this is used when the flooring meets a step down or a landing).
Q: Can laminate flooring be refinished or recoated?
A: No. Do not refinish, sand or recoat your laminate flooring.
Q: Can I put rugs on my laminate flooring?
A: Yes. You can put non-staining and colourfast rugs on your laminate floors.