About Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood or stone with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.

Laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity, perhaps because it may be easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as hardwood flooring.It may also have the advantages of costing less and requiring less skill to install than alternative flooring materials. It is reasonably durable, hygienic (several brands contain an antimicrobial resin), and relatively easy to maintain.

Laminate flooring is reasonably easy for a DIY homeowner to install. Packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks, which can be clicked into one another. Installed laminate floors typically "float" over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlay, which provides moisture- and sound-reducing properties. A small (5–10 millimetres (0.2–0.4 inch)) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls, this allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed. Skirting boards can be removed and then reinstalled after laying of the flooring is complete for a neater finish, or the they can be left in place with the flooring leaving a small expansion gap that can be covered with colour matching Scotia Beading quarter-round moulding fitted to the Skirting board. Saw cuts on the planks are usually required at edges and around cupboard and door entrances, but professional installers typically use door jamb undercut saws to cut out a space to a height that allows the flooring to go under the door jamb & casing for a cleaner look.

It is important to keep laminate flooring clean, as dust, dirt, and sand particles may scratch the surface over time in high-traffic areas. It is also important to keep laminate relatively dry, since sitting water/moisture can cause the planks to swell, warp, etc., though some brands are equipped with water-resistant coatings. Water spills aren't a problem if they're wiped up quickly, and not allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time. It is generally not recommended to mop laminate floors as this has been shown to cause damage by soaking into the composite portion which allows warping over time. Our manufacturers suggest using dry methods such as brooms to clean with occasional wet cleaning with more specialized mop-type products that do not leave excessive water on the flooring.

Adhesive felt pads are often placed on the feet of furniture on laminate floors to prevent scratching.

Some inferior glueless laminate floors may gradually become separated, creating visible gaps between planks. It is important to "tap" the planks back together using the appropriate tool when gaps are noticed in order to prevent dirt filling the gaps, this makes it more difficult to put into place.

CarpetWays superior quality glueless laminate floors use joining mechanisms which hold the planks together under constant tension that prevent dirt entering the joints and do not need "tapping" back together periodically.

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