There are many good reasons why laminate flooring is a popular choice in today's homes. Laminate is a manufactured product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone and many other types of flooring. In the past, laminate floors have been easy to spot, but today's technology allows manufacturers to create realistic visuals and textures for an elegant and quality floor.
- patterns mimic wood and natural stone
- good choice for the look without the maintenance or cost
- offers significant value
- range of colors and styles, including exotic
- durable for active lifestyles
- stain resistant, no wax or varnish
- less likely to fade in sunlight
- sold in Europe for 25+ years
- 10-20 times harder than laminate countertops
- floated rather than secured directly
- installed over a variety of subfloors
- one of the best selling floors in the US
- great impact and indentation resistance
- easy to replace, if desired.
It goes without saying that you should use that unique sense when choosing something as critical as laminate flooring. Critical? Yes! Because any floor covering in your home impacts interior beauty, design, comfort, livability and upkeep. It's a fact, floor coverings can make or break a home. Knowing the basic types of laminate and laminate installation can provide you with a firm foundation upon which to begin your laminate shopping journey.
- no more fake looks
- looks are traditional, rustic, distressed and exotic
- grains and texture more realistic than ever
- number of photographs or screens determine quality
- lighter colors make small rooms look larger
- dark colors create intimate settings
- choose coordinating or contrasts with cabinets or furniture
- no matching colors and styles, be creative
4 forms of installation
Glueless laminate flooring
- quick and easy
- thin underlayment seals out moisture
- floors float over subfloors
- vapor barrier can be added for noise
- Laminate flooring with attached underlay
- several different types of tongue and grooved locking systems
- attached underlayment to reduce noise levels
Glued laminate flooring
- the original
- require a special formulated glue
- offered in planks and tiles
- Pre-glued laminate flooring
- No mess, glue already applied to the tongue and grooves
- quick and easy-to-install
- thin, plastic underlayment needed to seal out moisture and prevent glue from sticking
- affect the overall
- important because they cover the space allowed for flooring to expand and move naturally
- helps with the transition to an adjacent floor
- manufacturers offer coordinating moldings for all styles and colors
- moldings are designed to coordinate, not be an exact match
- moldings for laminates are slightly larger than wood or tile counterparts
Styles and definitions
- Step Down Stairnose
- coordinating piece for proper transition for all steps
- Reducer Strip
- transitional piece to connect with another type of flooring
- End Molding or Carpet Reducer
- used as a transition to different flooring when the reducer does not allow enough height
- used in doorways to join two laminate floors in adjoining rooms
- recommended when making transitions from floors of the same height
- Quarter Round
- installed where the floor meets the wall or baseboard
- Place doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway to collect excessive moisture and dirt.
- Sweep, dust-mop or vacuum (without a beater bar) your floor to remove loose dirt and grit.
- Periodically use a damp mop to restore your floors shine.
- Purchase a laminate cleaner specifically made by the manufacturer for your particular floor.
- After damp mopping, use a clean, dry cloth to soak up excess moisture.
- Use floor protectors on the bottom of your furniture and when moving furniture, lift rather than drag it across your
- Never use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder.
- Never use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products.
- Never flood your laminate floor with water or cleaners.
- Never attempt to sand or refinish your laminate floor.