Laminate floorings have been around for many years and they have been developed so much in recent years that it has completely changed from what it was all those years ago. They are now very popular in modern homes and recommended by many home designers. They are hard to scratch and damage and easy to install and clean. Getting the laminate flooring can be of no problem but you need to do research about them to know what you’re getting, how to maintain, and what the prices are. Knowing the product will help you gain the upper hand in the buy. Here are a few things to know before switching to laminate wood flooring.
- Installing Laminate Flooring
Installation of laminate flooring is very simple and easy. Some of them have a lock to hold each of the planks to stay in place and others may involve the use of some tools. The process is very easy and can be done yourself which also eliminates the additional expense of hiring professionals.
- Thicker Boards Mean Better Quality
Whenever you buy a product, your goal is to get the best quality. Same is the case with laminate flooring. You want to find the best quality so that it doesn’t create any problems for you down the road. A way of identifying a good quality laminate is to check the thickness of the board. The thicker the board, the better the quality. Thickness is directly associated because thicker boards can handle traffic and load well and don’t bend under heavy use. They also have more layers and look more realistic and beautiful.
- Always Install Underlayment
A foundation for your laminate flooring is the foam underlayment. Foam underlayment is necessary to install because they make the laminate flooring a softer feeling and levels out the subfloor on which the laminate flooring will be installed. It is also important because it prevents the laminate flooring to click when you walk across it.
- Plan the Goals for Room Space
You should know what you want for the room space. The color and pattern of the flooring can heavily affect the look and feel of the room. Lighter colors and specific arrangement of the boards can make a room look bigger. Wide planks are also used to make a room look bigger. So, you should decide beforehand what you need for your room.
Laminate flooring is very durable and long lasting. With proper care, they can last up to a decade. So, if you come up to a conclusion that laminate flooring is too costly, you can see it as a long term investment. This investment will pay off especially if you are looking to sell the house in some years.
Special care is required for laminate flooring. Vacuum cleaning and dry mopping are recommended but wet mopping and harsh detergents can damage the lamination. The lamination is responsible for keeping the dirt off the surface so it should be taken constant care of. Regular cleaning would suffice to keep the floor clean. Deep cleaning can involve mild use of soap, vinegar and solution only made for laminate flooring with gentle rubbing and scrubbing.