Laminate Flooring

Why Choose Laminate?
Laminate floors, originally from Europe, offer exciting features and benefits; it is affordable, attractive and easy to maintain.

Laminate flooring is an innovative and cost-efficient alternative to solid hardwood flooring. With incredible designs from natural wood grains to stone impressions, laminate is not only attractive, but also more dent and stain-resistant than solid or engineered hardwood flooring, making it the perfect choice for active households with young children or pets.

What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is a laminate surface that has been adhered or "laminated" to a dense wood core center and a synthetic backing material, created when four layers (a bottom layer, high density fiberboard (HDF) core, decorative layer and tread layer) are synthesized into one extremely dense surface. Most laminates are designed to snap together without glue or nails, and are designed to "float," meaning they are not attached to the subfloor.

When installing laminate on concrete, planks can be protected from moisture by applying a vapor barrier, a sheet of 6-mil poly plastic under the underlay. Also the simplified interlocking clicking system enables most do-it-yourselfers to install an entire floor in a single afternoon. Most laminates come in planks 4" to 8" wide and approximately 4' feet long.

Due to the nature of the planks, manufacturers have focused the styling of the product to reflect the shape of the plank and therefore have concentrated on duplicating wood looks in various species of wood. The result is a very attractive, durable, stable, and easy-to-install floor.

Laminate flooring is perhaps the easiest type of flooring to maintain, due to the composition and construction of the product, as well as the extremely hard Aluminum Oxide wear layer.

How to Care for Your Laminate Flooring:

General daily maintenance requires vacuuming, sweeping and dust mopping. Several generic cleaning solutions are also available to clean laminate floors. Most major laminate flooring manufacturers also have their own cleaning kits with instructions. Most kits contain a terry cloth mop and a spray-on cleaning solution. The cleaner is sprayed onto the mop head and then the floor is wiped clean.

It is very important that you follow the maintenance schedule of the product you purchase. Ask your retailer or manufacturer on the specifics of maintaining your floor. Virtually all of the warranties require a specific maintenance schedule be followed.

Laminate floors are fade, stain, dent, burn and scratch resistant. However, it is still possible that you may end up with a scratch, nick or dent that will require repair. Laminate flooring is very tough, but it is not "bullet proof." If a problem arises, there are a few ways to repair or hide the damage.

The first and most difficult method is to replace the affected board(s). All manufacturers have instructions on how to replace a board. This will require some tools, patience and skill. "Glue-less" laminate floors should be the easiest when board replacement is required. To replace a board you must follow the specific instructions of the manufacturer of the flooring you are installing.

Major manufacturers also have touch-up kits available. These kits may include acrylic or latex putty, wax pencils or crayons. This type of repair kit is for small scratches and/or dents, and is a cost-effective way of repairing your laminate.

The best way to keep your laminate floor looking its best is to follow the maintenance techniques and schedules of the flooring you purchase. Do not mop any laminate floor with soap or water. You should also use floor protectors (felt or other) under chairs and other furniture on the flooring. As stated earlier, laminate flooring is a very durable flooring option, however, it can be damaged. With proper care, you will enjoy your laminate floor for many years to come.

If you have questions or concerns about laminate floor care, feel free to ask the team at Carpet Superstores who will be more than glad to help.