A: Yes. With the exception of stretched carpet, laminate can be installed directly over an existing floor as long as the floor is secure and not wet.
Polyethylene closed cell foam acts as a moisture barrier when taped together according to specifications. The pad provides cushion as well as a thermal barrier.
A good quality laminate is about 20 times stronger than laminate used for countertop material and in most cases more dent resistant than wood.
Yes. The surface is typically made of an extremely tough wearing aluminum oxide with a printed photograph adhered to a melamine laminate layer. They are both scratch and scuff resistant.
90% of it is high-density fiberboard, which comes from reconstituted cardboard making it a Green certified product.
Aluminum oxide (industrial strength urethane), the fifth hardest material in the world.
There is a difference in the construction of the lower end products being direct pressure versus a high-pressure laminate product. With a high-pressure laminate the advantage is a better wear resistance, fewer scuffs and scratches, better impact resistance, no denting, better design clarity and a more realistic look. However, if a certain price point is desired, remember all laminates can be repaired or replaced by a professional installer.
A floating floor means the floor tiles or planks attach to each other rather than to the sub floor.
No. Unlike hardwood floors laminate cannot be refinished.
Laminate flooring is typically more durable, less prone to indent, has better stain resistance, resists shrinkage and swelling due to seasonal changes and is easier to install than many other flooring surfaces.
While each brand carries its own unique characteristics, most laminate consists of four layers. The first (top) layer is a clear overlay that protects against stains, fading and wear. The second (image) layer consists of the pattern or visual design. The third (core) layer contains the core strength. The fourth layer provides a moisture resistant backing from the sub floor.
Yes, as long as the glued down carpet is secure to the floor. The laminate can be free floated over the carpet.
The term “underlayment” refers to any roll or sheet product designed to be installed over the sub-floor and under the laminate flooring.
Concrete floors below ground are capable of storing a vast amount of water. It is crucial to avoid all direct contact between the laminate flooring and the concrete floor because the soil beneath the concrete can transmit humidity into the floor. Installing a moisture barrier over all concrete surfaces is mandatory for successful installation and for the ongoing health of a laminate floor.
The shine cannot be modified, as it is a manufactured characteristic. Therefore, you must never wax or polish a laminate floor.
No. Laminate is a floating floor and requires no glue. It can be installed over the top of most existing floors. The best part is there is no down time with laminate so you can live in your room the moment the floor is installed.
Yes. With the newer glueless laminate on the market, repairs have become much less of a chore. Most customers with laminate will have a few extra boards on hand after an installation. Using these boards, a mechanic can take out the floor back to the point of the problem, insert the new board or boards and re-install your floor.