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Choosing Laminate Flooring

Tim Welch produced and narrates an educational video on how to choose Laminate floor covering.
Chosing laminate flooring depends on what colors are already in your home, price, style, use, measurement, AC ratings, warranties, and customer service. If you the time to evaluate each of these factors it will ensure you choose the right laminate flooring for your home or office.

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Five Reasons to choose Laminate Flooring

There are some little known attributes of laminate flooring that this article will help you to understand may not fully understand.

Venicia, one of Mannington’s Revolutions Tile collection, is an example of just how realistic laminate flooring can appear with its sleek marble look,
12 x 24 size and thin grout lines.

1.     AN EYE ON DESIGN. First and foremost, you want your floors to look great, and laminate flooring has more versatility of design than any other type. High-end laminate patterns are sometimes created by scanning the natural material in high-def. These images are then digitally enhanced, making a perfect, and perfectly natural, floor every time. And thanks to technology advances, the patterns can also have realistic texture and grout lines as well. Continue reading

How to Buy Discount Laminate Flooring – Understanding Floor Ratings and Reviews

By Rika Susan Platinum Quality Author

A discount laminate flooring installation can be a hugely rewarding DIY project. Not only are these floors much more affordable than real hardwood, but they are easy to install and often come with lengthy warranties. When browsing through your local home improvement store, you are sure to ask yourself: ‘How on earth am I supposed to know how to choose a quality discount laminate flooring product? What do I need to look for?’.

Let’s see if we can give you some easy-to-follow buying guidelines.

1. Check The AC Rating

  • Quality laminate flooring ratings and reviews should always mention the AC rating.
  • Remember that this isn’t a brand-wide rating. It is specific to each line the manufacturer produces.
  • AC refers to the Abrasion Class. This gives you an indication of the floor’s ability to withstand certain traffic levels, scratches, burn marks or its vulnerability in terms of impact.
  • Don’t even consider buying a discount line without an AC rating, as you won’t have any idea of how it will hold up in your home.
  • For residential purposes, you will usually opt for an AC rating of between 1 and 3.
  • AC1 refers to a floor that can tolerate only light traffic, as in a bedroom.
  • AC2 is a bit tougher and will be suitable for use in a dining or living room.
  • AC3 is for heavier residential use and is the most popular choice.
  • You can also opt for a higher rating, but then the surface may be quite rough on your feet.

2. Concentrate On Core Issues

  • Most crucial when it comes to stability and strength, is the core or inner layer.
  • This will be either a medium density fiber-board (MDF) or high density fiber-board (HDF).
  • For added moisture resistance and robustness, the core is usually impregnated with a plastic resin such as melamine. This ensures hardness and strength.

3. Wear Layer Wisdom

  • The tougher the outer or surface layer, the longer your floors will retain their good looks.
  • The wear layer usually comes with a coating that is also resin-based for toughness.
  • Look for aluminum oxide or melamine here for the best results.
  • The quality of the wear layer determines your discount laminate flooring’s ability to resist scratching, fading, staining, moisture, impact and burns.
  • Be very careful when it comes to cleaning. If you use an abrasive cleaner for instance, you will damage this layer and may even void your warranty.

Once you get to know the basics, buying discount laminate flooring won’t seem like such a daunting task!

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Where can I install laminate wood flooring?

Laminate flooring is an extremely versatile flooring product. It can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood or concrete. There are several locations that are not recommended for laminate flooring. Because laminate flooring is a wood flooring product it is not recommended that laminates be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause the core of your laminate flooring to warp or swell. In some instances, with special installation procedures, it is possible to install laminate floors in bathrooms where water will not stand on the floor for any length of time. For bathroom installations, it is recommended you apply a light bead of glue to the tongue on the planks to be used in the areas subject to spills. Also, ensure that all spills are mopped up and dried promptly

Before you start installing laminate flooring

There are several things to consider before you begin to install a laminate floor. Careful preparation before beginning will make installing your laminate floor a quick and easy process.

  • Ensure that your subfloor is flat, dry, and smooth.
  • Always use underlayment under your laminate floor for soundproofing.
  • Laminate flooring and underlayment/vapor barrier can be installed over concrete, wood flooring, vinyl tile, linoleum, tile, or virtually any other hard, flat surface.
  • Take extra care when installing laminate flooring over radiant heating. Ensure that you read both the laminate flooring and radiant heat system instructions carefully before beginning.
  • Read your laminate flooring manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully.
  • Allow you laminate flooring to acclimatize to the room where it will be installed for as long as possible (min. 48 hours)
  • Inspect each laminate flooring panel carefully for defects or damage before installing it.
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