Wood laminated flooring is a relatively new invention which has taken the world of floor covering by storm. Versatile, easy to maintain, and reasonably priced, some people consider this a “super material.”
The Benefits of Laminate Flooring
Natural hardwood flooring comes in planks that are 8 or 10 feet in length, sometimes even. Laminate floor planks are typically sold in convenient 4 foot strips. They are also available in tile form in varying sizes.
Laminate flooring can simulate the look of dozens of different natural hardwood materials. The printing process can also reproduce the appearance of a variety of natural stone, and ceramic flooring materials. With EIR embossed in register texturing they are even able to somewhat reproduce the surface texture of these natural materials.
The wear layer of a laminate floor protects it from stains and some spills making cleaning and maintenance relatively easy. Typically the only regular requirement is sweeping or vacuuming of the floor to remove grit and dirt which can slowly erode the floors wear layer over time.
Installing Laminate Flooring
Giving a room or your home a whole new look with laminate floor is very easy, extremely fast and not messy at all. Laminate is usually “floated” over the subfloor. That means it’s not glued, nailed, taped or stapled. After leaving a small fraction of an inch around the perimeter of the room, laminate clicks together in place. It locks tightly with virtually no gaps between pieces.
Your Abbey Expert will work with you to insure a quality installation. Details like trim, transitions and moldings are best handled by your Abbey Installers. With years of experience, they can provide a quality installation that will give you the look you expect.
The most important feature of laminate (and one that you can’t see!) is the underlayment. This is a cushiony material that absorbs sound, helps to keep the floating floor in place and acts as a moisture barrier. The underlayment is purchased separately and put down like a carpet cushion. However, in some laminates, it comes pre-attached to each piece of laminate.
Some new underlayments now feature antimicrobial properties which help prevent mold from growing should the back ever get wet. We advise you to consider purchasing the best you can afford to get the most features and benefits. Your Abbey Expert can advise you on the appropriate underlayment for you.
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