Laminate Flooring and Its Installation
You see a Laminate flooring and you see an ordinary wood flooring. So what’s the difference?
Laminate flooring is a newest type of flooring in the market. And nope it is not wood. There are wood floorings that are ‘laminated’ yet a 100% laminate flooring is an entirely new one. Laminate flooring is meant to obtain that real-wood-look, yet without having to have all the needed care you would give a wood floor in due course.
Laminate flooring is a lot easier to care for needing just a dust mop or a moderately wet mop for regular cleaning. As with a wood floor, you would also still care not to over wet the laminate flooring since it will eventually warp. The water will get through and be absorbed by the material and change the laminate just as real wood does. Nonetheless, if laminate flooring is installed and sealed properly and very well taken care of, it will realize its capacity to last years and years in your home, even longer than a linoleum or tile flooring would, even if you put it in areas of mild water spillage such as the bath vanity and kitchen.
Ideally, laminate flooring is set up in areas of the house where you would typically lay a wood flooring. Its visual appeal is great in the bedroom, in the hall, in the living room or any other room that is moisture-free and having evenly leveled floor.
Laminate flooring must be installed over a clean and level sub-floor so it will fit snugly hence securely from dirt and damage. Many laminate floor manufacturers recommend an underlayment vapor barrier to be laid first before the laminate planks to protect it from moisture. The foam underlayment must be rolled out so it fits tight and neat against the walls. The seams must also be taped together with duct tape or as directed in the installation manual which often includes spacers, pull bar for fitting planks together, and a special glue all designed to make the product installation easier and better. It is important to follow the instructions especially the measurements figuring how the planks will fit in. You should also test-fit the first few rows of planks before gluing, and add spacers between the planks and walls to allow for expansion/contraction. Wipe-off any excess glue with a damp rag, and stay off the floor for as long as specified after installation.
You would often install a laminate flooring in areas of the house that are frequently visited and blemished, so the idea is having a laminate flooring that is fresh and easy to clean to also keep the room tidy effortlessly and regularly.
Having a laminate flooring in your home is going to keep a cool, cozy, and clean atmosphere that is not as expensive as scarce authentic hardwoods. Plus, it is great for families having pets and little kids so you can just swab up those fur or spillage off of the floors of your home.