Scratches and heavy traffic? Not to worry because the laminate floor can take them all in. This type of flooring is known for its durability and affordability, and homeowners mostly pick this one out, basically choosing one of the best floor types among the list of different floor designs in the industry.
The laminate floor differs from the countertops that people are familiar with. The floor board or planks have a wearlayer that is ten times harder and more durable than the ones on kitchen countertops. The make up of the laminate board covers all the merits of every floor type or traditional floorings rolled into one product. The flooring materials consist of a fiberboard and a decorative layer that is covered by the wearlayer as protection. Installation is a snap and a great deal of tools is not needed. The only thing to remember when setting up the laminate floor is that it works as a floating system which means the installation involves gluing the tiles or boards to each other and not to the floor. This allows movement of the floating floor against stress, temperature and humidity.
Floor Layout to Starting Out
Prior to installing the laminate flooring, careful assessment of the site must be done. Although this type of flooring may be installed almost anywhere in the house, it is still subject to some limits. In cases of long hallways, the laminate planks should be parallel to the walls because it fits and looks so much better this way. Once you’ve determined that the floor to be installed on is in good condition, a foam padding, similar to carpet cushions, beneath the flooring is required. This cushion lets the plastic laminate flooring absorbs shock much better than if it were simply installed straight on the subfloor.
Sticking the Floor is Crucial
Use one and two rows of board and glue it together. They are installed on top of the foam pad and they are not, in any way, glued to the floor beneath thus using the notion of floating. The special glue gives two important purposes. It seals the flooring together for a seamless look and the closure prevents moisture infiltration. It is equally important to put plastic spacers between the flooring and the edge of the wall, giving about quarter gaps because it allows the flooring room to contract or expand with changes in factors such as humidity or temperature.
Progressing till the End
The strap clamp is necessary as three or four rows of boards are firmly placed. It helps set the glue for an hour before continuing with the installation and as you advance across the room, lengthen the clamp on each set. For laminate boards that need cutting, employ a power saw or a fine tooth blade. After installation, the waiting time to walk on the new floor is significantly 8 to 10 hours for the glue to seal everything in.
Laying laminate flooring is highly durable, beautiful in visuals at a low cost and it involves little effort in installation as opposed to other floor designs. You can literally install, get up and go.