Here is the second half of our frequently asked questions about laminate and the answers from the pros!
14. Should I be concerned about heavy furniture or appliances being placed on laminate? Laminate flooring offers better indentation and scratch resistance than most other types of flooring, particularly with heavy loads. However, care and common sense should be exercised when moving heavy objects placed upon the flooring.
15. Are all laminate floors installed in basically the same manner? There can be substantial differences in installation methods. Most laminates are held together by a locking system as they float over some kind of padding. Many styles require edge gluing and clamping. We offer glueless laminates with three distinctive locking systems; tap and lock, lock and fold and angle-angle. Always follow the manufacturer’s specific installation instructions.
16. Can I install a laminate floor by myself? Yes, most laminates can be a "do-it-yourself" installation. However people tend to have varying degrees of carpentry skills, so call a professional installer if you run into problems or find the installation difficult.
17. Why is an expansion zone or space needed around the perimeter of a room? An expansion zone is always needed to allow for the normal movements of the flooring system due to climatic changes. Normally this space is the same as the thickness of your new flooring or from ¼”? – ½”? depending on the total area of the room.
18. Why must the laminate product be in the room it will be installed in 2-3 days prior to installation? You and the product will benefit by allowing this acclimation. The laminate and underlayment should acclimate to the conditions of the room it will be installed in. Giving the product time to stabilize to its installation environment will help to minimize subsequent dimensional changes that can result in excessive gapping or squeaks. Think of acclimation as an ongoing process, ideal acclimation values are (55°-85°) temperatures and (20% – 70%) humidity.
19. Can we install laminate over old carpet? No, carpets will have to be removed because it offers no moisture protection or support to the locking system.
20. What special considerations may be required for large installations or adjoining rooms? Depending upon room size, layout, and the manufacturer’s recommendations, transition accessory pieces may be required to allow for proper expansion and contraction of the laminate floor. Normally spans exceeding 27ft in any direction will require some sort of expansion break. Please refer to your specific manufacturer or installer recommendations.
21. How will the laminate floor attach or transition to adjacent areas which have different floor coverings (carpet, vinyl, etc.)? To create functional and attractive transitions from your laminate floor to adjacent different floor coverings such as carpet or vinyl, accessory pieces designed for the specific transition are available in matching or coordinating decors, and are usually required to complete a professional-looking installation. Please refer to your specific manufacturer or installer recommendations.
This customer transitioned between types of flooring with White Primed Quarter Rounds.
22. What should I do about an uneven sub-floor? Underlayment should take care of most minor imperfections. Larger sub-floor irregularities may require sanding, patching, filling or other measures. Refer to manufacturer instructions for tolerances.
23. Can I glue or nail the laminate to the sub-floor? Laminate flooring is installed as a "floating floor". To the extent any glue or nails may be used, refer to manufacturer instructions.
24. How do I repair scratches or other damage to a laminate floor? Most home centers have repair kits available to remove, fill or repair minor chip damage. If the damage is severe it may require a qualified installer to replace an individual board.
25. How do I care for my laminate floor? Laminate flooring is made to be easy to care for, so no waxing is required. Typically, all you need is sweeping to remove surface grit and occasional spot treatment with a manufacturer’s recommended cleanser. Strong cleaners are neither required nor recommended. "Wet floor mopping" is also not recommended for cleaning, since laminate floors are moisture resistant not water proof. For specific care instructions please contact us. Our Bellawood and Laminate cleaners are excellent for laminates.
26. What are the warranties on laminate product?
St James and Kensington- 30 yrs.
Warranties will not apply to scratching, denting, and chipping or moisture issues.