Frequently Asked Questions - Laminate Flooring

Here we have answered some of the most commonly asked laminate flooring questions -

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1What is laminate flooring made of?

Laminate flooring is thoughtfully designed as a more affordable flooring option intended to imitate natural wood (and occasionally stone) flooring planks.

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Each plank is made of multiple layers of material that are bonded together under high pressure.

Laminate floors typically consist of a moisture barrier layer, a layer of high-density fiberboard, the photographic wood or tile-look layer, and a final clear coating for protection against wear and tear.

2What is the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood?

The main difference between the two is that laminate floors are made up of multiple layers designed to imitate solid hardwood flooring.

The wood-look appearance of laminate floors is simply photographing of a particular wood or stone sealed into the surface of planks to appear as though they are solid natural wood floors.

3Does concrete need a moisture barrier before installing laminate floors over top?

Yes, concrete does absorb and hold moisture. You should have your installer measure the moisture in your concrete before installing your floors. Moisture can negatively affect your laminate without a proper moisture barrier/underlayment in place. Some Laminate flooring has the underlayment attached. You can purchase underlayment separately if you purchase laminate that does not have the underlayment attached.

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4Can laminate flooring be installed over steps?

Yes, laminate flooring can be installed oversteps; however, the planks will need to be glued into place, and a stair nose transitions must be installed.

5Does laminate flooring have to be acclimated before installation?

Yes, your laminate floors will need to acclimate before installation. Laminate floors will expand and retract when adjusting to new surrounding humidity and temperature levels. Due to this, it is best to allow the materials to acclimate in the intended room before installation for at least 48 hours.

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6Can laminate be used in kitchens and bathrooms?

Laminate has come a long way. Now there are some laminate that are water resistant so you can install Water resistant laminate in a kitchen and bathroom.

7How are laminate floors installed?

Laminate flooring is manufactured with a click-lock system making it extremely easy to install. It is great for DIY projects. Once installed, the floor can be used right away. No need for drying or sealing.

8Are laminate floors easy to maintain?

Yes, laminate floors are easy to maintain. You can vacuum or sweep with soft bristles. For deeper cleanings, manufactures suggest using a laminate cleaner with a microfiber pad.

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9How long will laminate floors last?

Depending on the quality of laminate flooring you choose for your home, as well as how it is installed and cared for, laminate floors, on average, can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years.

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