Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Laminate Flooring and Tips on Installing Them
For a picture perfect floor that is not made of real hardwood, but almost anyone would find it hard to tell the difference, the obvious choice is that of laminate flooring. That's because each laminate flooring plank is, in fact, a picture of wood placed over layered sheets typically made of synthetic and fiberboard materials. The picture is sealed under a coating of an extremely hard and highly durable clear compound finish that can withstand all kinds of usual floor traffic damage such as scratches, cracking, and chips. Such occurrences are more likely to occur in hardwood floors.
It should be noted, however, that there is no need to worry about each laminate floor plank used for an installation having the identical photographic image of a certain wood with its grain lines, whereby someone with attention to detail notices the obvious artificialness.
In most cases, when planks of laminate flooring are installed, the image isn't repeated until about the twentieth plank, further giving the aura of a natural hardwood floor.
There are numerous reasons why one would choose to install flooring that appears very much as a beautiful hardwood floor while knowing that it is essentially an imitation of one. Here are the reasons:
Firstly, the cost of laminate flooring may be considered as "dirt cheap" when compared to most solid or engineered hardwood flooring. And the amazing part about the price comparison is that there is almost no sacrifice in appearance or durability by choosing laminate flooring over hardwood, making it a remarkable deal for the money. In a difficult economy, it surely makes sense to budget expenses and to manage our money well.
Another factor is not just the economy, but also the ecology. Since laminate flooring barely uses any naturally grown resources, those who are devotedly into "going green," and want to save another forest tree from being chopped down, will surely consider laminate flooring as the way to go.
Laminate flooring withstands rooms where moisture may be high about as good as engineered hardwood, but not where standing water may occur, such as areas close to sinks and showers. Even the best hardwood floors, however, would eventually begin to show ill effects if subjected to such conditions.
Laminate flooring is also much simpler to install than hardwood flooring. Almost anyone who is just a little handy can do it with relative ease. Long pieces of laminate flooring planks come in a wide variety of sizes. They can measure approximately 8 by 47, 16 by 48, or 8 by 24 inches. With its ridges and slots, planks connect like a child's Lego pieces. Laminate flooring can be placed on almost any surface as a floating floor, meaning there is no need to glue, nail, screw, or cement it to the ground.
Finally, one of the most wonderful aspects of laminate flooring is its manufactured shine, making the need for waxing or treating with finishes unnecessary. Using detergents or abrasive cleaning products is not even recommended. A simple damp mop or cloth will remove dust particles and quickly return the floor to its picturesque beauty.
When installing laminate flooring, a set of installations instructions should be followed. These instructions come with the set of floor laminates bought. It is very important to follow these instructions because floor laminates may vary depending on the manufacturers and you may want to ensure that you stick strictly to all specific instructions and tips they set down for their product.
With that said, there are a few dos and don'ts that apply to almost all types of laminate flooring.
Here are some of the laminate flooring tips:
Examine the laminate flooring
Fully investigate the style and type of laminate flooring that you intend to install. Also, ensure that you understand what is required to install them and that you feel comfortable that you are capable of undertaking the required tasks.
Your floors should be level and flat, and any dips or bumps in your floor should be flattened or filled before you place down the floor laminates. The laminate flooring should be placed on floors that move or shift under foot. These spots on your floor will need to be repaired before you lay down the flooring on top.
Measure your room first
The room should be measured to ensure that you will have enough and the right lengths and widths of laminates before you begin. The instructions from the manufacturer will help you will this and will tell you how you need to cut any laminates to fit the length and breadth of your room.
Before any boards are cut, make sure you have at least measured it twice. Use a pencil to mark on the underside the correct length and double check this before your start to cut. This way you won't quickly run out of boards because you end up making too many mistakes.
Check your measurements
Don't assume that you measured the first time correctly. Double and triple check all your measurements to make sure that all the measurements taken are correct.
When cutting the laminates be sure to do it outside or in an area which has good ventilation, also makes sure you wear a breathing mask. The cutting of laminate flooring board can create a lot of fine dust that can cause respiratory problems.
Leave the laminate board inside the room for a few days
This is because laminate boards can expand or contract with the temperature and humidity this will allow them to acclimatize to the particular room and stop them from shifting as much when they are laid down.
Because of this expanding and contradicting phenomena, it is important that you leave a inch gap between the walls and any obstacles like stairs or door frames. This will allow the flooring to expand or contract as needed as the seasons and temperature change.
These are a few quick tips that will help you become successful in the process of laminate flooring. Always make sure to check the manufacturer's instructions to learn more about the process of installing laminate flooring.