Laminate

Benefits of Laminate

Benefits of Laminate

With today’s technology the appealing visuals give today’s Laminate a marvelous look in both wood and stone. It looks like the real thing, you will find yourself asking is that laminate or real hardwood? It’s laminate!

With continuing modern technology and manufacturing methods all ways improving it allows for the styles to convey the authentic look of wood and the classic appearance of stone.

It is available in various shades and finishes which allows you to choose the wood look or species of your choice or the stone of your choice. Some laminates are also beveled or distressed which will not only give you the look of hardwood or stone but also the feel.

Laminates are durable and some may even offer a 25 year warranty.
If you are looking for a distinctive look that is durable and affordable, take a look at the Laminates.

Care & Maintenance of Laminate

Please refer to you laminate floor warranty guide for specific care.
Here is some general information and some basic tips.

  • Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. It is wise to never allow any liquids to stand on your floor.
  • For tough spots, such as oil, paint, markers , lipstick , ink or tar use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean cloth and then wipe the area with a clean damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  • Sweep , dust and vacuum your floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (note : do not use the beater bar) this will prevent the dirt and grit from accumulating, and scratching the floor.
  • Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.
  • Do not wash or mop the floor with soap and water , oil soap detergent or any other cleaning liquids. This could cause swelling , warping , delamination , and or joint separation and void the warranty.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners , ammoniated or chlorinated cleaners.
  • For spots such as chewing gum or candle wax it is best to harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper such a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Before Installation

You would like a problem –free installation and to help ensure this process , find below a helpful check list of things to do before the installer arrives.

  • Who is moving the furniture. If you wish the installer will do it for a small fee. If not you should make arrangement to have the room cleared and ready to go.
  • Make sure you know who’s is removing your existing flooring. Normally the installers will take care of this as disclosed in the proposal.
  • Measure door clearances before you have your laminate installed. If the new floor is thicker you doors may have to be trimmed down.
  • As with everything paint first. Plan on installing your laminate last.

During installation

To make you laminate look good for now and a long time to come, proper prepping and installation is critical.

  • Current flooring, existing flooring will need to be removed. You installer will make sure the sub floor is smooth and level.
  • Moisture testing: you installer will check for moisture in the subfloor to prevent later problems with buckling and cupping.
  • Installation: using the proper tools the installer will cut and place the planking or tiles around the floors perimeter to allow for expansion.