How To Choose Laminate Flooring For Your Home Laminate flooring is relatively new to us in the U.S. Laminate flooring has been used for years in homes and businesses in Europe. Laminate flooring is a hard flooring surface which is actually layered during manufacture. A laminate floor consists of a top wear layer, which is generally aluminum oxide, which is very long lasting, a print layer which is the pattern of your choice (hardwood or ceramic), an inner core, and a backing, which are fused together. The choices available in laminate flooring today are astounding. Laminate floors can be made to resemble almost any other type of floor surface, with the most popular being hardwood and ceramic tile.
Many manufacturers today offer laminate hardwood flooring, which is hard to tell from the real thing. However, care is where laminate flooring is king. Laminates are extremely durable, however care must be taken not to let them get over wet as some paper backings are not as durable as others. Some manufacturers will not cover laminate flooring that is installed in a bathroom. Laminate floors are what installers consider “floating flooring”.
Unlike vinyl or linoleum laminate floors are not attached to the sub floor. Laminate floors come as tongue and groove plants which are fastened to each other with adhesive. Depending on the under layer of flooring some laminate floors can be installed right over existing floors of wood, vinyl, linoleum or tile. Laminate flooring cannot be installed over carpeting. Most major floor manufacturers today carry laminate flooring, such as Armstrong, Pergo, Mohawk, Mannington and Bruce. As with choosing any flooring for your home there are general considerations; what is your interior scheme?
Do you want a light floor or dark floor? Light hardwood flooring is generally used in more relaxed and country atmospheres, where dark colored hardwood flooring is used in more formal homes. Patterned flooring that has grains or other types of shading will not show dirt as quickly as solid flooring will. Dark floors will make a room look smaller, light flooring will make a room look larger. Laminate floors are very easy care. As always you will want to read the manufacturers instructions. Generally they only need a vacuum and slightly damp mopping.
Do not over apply water which can seep through the cracks in the floor and behind baseboards and cause damage. Laminate flooring does not need any wax or floor finish applied to it.
A flooring update will immediately facelift any room. Good and reputable flooring companies can do wonders for your floor. Often, hardwood, laminate, carpeting and even tile, can be installed in a day! Or you can look at DIY options at your home improvement store.
Substituting vinyl tiles for stone or ceramic ones is a way to save a lot of money when you’re installing a new floor surface. Many people choose vinyl because it is waterproof, durable and can often be installed in a single day. Vinyl flooring could be purchased as a set or even as one single sheet if you want to cover bigger areas at once.
Before you buy any supplies, look around for a better deal. Replacing the flooring in your home, for example, can be very expensive, so it pays to shop around. For instance, check those supply stores, check for overstocks or returns, and check out discount retail chains.
Over time, tiles can dull and fade. Try using a water/vinegar solution to clean it up. Just use an ordinary bucket to hold a mixture of your solution, then mop as usual. Doing this will clear away the gunk and will leave your floors looking as good as new.
It can be costly to replace flooring. Instead, consider removing the current flooring material and applying a stain to the concrete underneath. This creates a modern, industrial-inspired look that is highly versatile and easily changed to accommodate different decor.
Home improvement projects need not be daunting or frustrating. The tips here can help you make the right choices. No matter if you are doing it yourself or you have someone do it, a little goes far.