In our previous blog post, we discussed what laminate flooring is and its different types, underlayment requirements, and the key features to consider. In this post, we’ll continue to guide you through the other characteristics of laminate flooring to help you make the right choice for your space.
Installing Laminate Floors
Laminate flooring is very easy to install. It doesn’t require you to remove all the old flooring materials except carpet as laminates can be directly installed over an existing floor. However, you need to prepare your subfloor before installation. It should be flat, smooth and dry.
If you have a concrete subfloor, perform a moisture test by leaving a taped plastic sheet on the subfloor for 3 days during heavy rainfall. If there’s no condensation, it’s still a good idea to place a vapour shield above your concrete subfloor to avoid moisture damage to your laminate flooring. But if condensation forms below the sheet, contact a floor preparation specialist to prepare your subfloor before installing your laminates.
It’s recommended that you install laminate flooring at an overall room temperature of 15°C. Also, if you have radiant heating under the floor, make sure to read the instructions carefully before installing.
Performance of Laminates Over Time
The performance of your laminate flooring over time depends on its quality. You should know how laminates react to external factors to decide if it’s a suitable flooring choice for your space.
- Scratches and Dents: The wear and tear resulting from exposure to high foot traffic, high heels, furniture legs, pet paws, and spills will show on your floor with time. To counter this, buy a higher AC (Abrasion Class) rated laminate flooring that’s built to provide a higher level of durability. It’ll help your laminate floor keep shining like new for more than a decade.
- Sunlight: One of the biggest advantages of laminate flooring is that it doesn’t react to UV rays and change colour unlike most species of wood. But it depends on the quality and warranty of your laminates as to how long it’ll resist discolouration or fading.
- Moisture: Unlike wood, laminates react less harshly to moisture or humidity. However, you should avoid installing laminate flooring in areas with extreme humidity such as laundry room, bathroom, and outdoor spaces.
Cleaning and Maintenance
When it comes to cleaning and maintaining laminate flooring, you can ensure that it looks good for many years by following some simple steps.
- To clean dust and dirt, simply dust mop or sweep laminate flooring or use a vacuum recommended for cleaning hardwood floors on your laminates.
- Use a slightly damp mop to clean occasionally.
- In case of spills, soak up with a clean dry cloth or paper towel immediately.
- Use furniture caps to prevent scratches and dents.
Avoid using detergents, scouring pads, steam cleaners and remember that you don’t need to wax or polish laminate floors.
Now that you have all the essential information about laminate flooring, you can make a better choice for your home. Make sure that you buy high-quality laminate flooring from a reputed dealer that also provides hassle-free installation and excellent customer service.
If you’re looking for a reputed dealer in Toronto, Markham, Brampton, and across the GTA, contact Amazon Hardwood.