Laminate Flooring Installation
When thinking of replacing the flooring in a home or business, you are presented with a variety of flooring options. Laminate flooring has become a favorite for many because of its versatility and ability to fit in with modern and up-market trends. It gives the look of realistic hardwood or stone with even greater durability and affordability. Laminate flooring is scratch, burn and moisture resistant. When looking to have laminate flooring installed, only consider companies that are able to offer professional laminate flooring installation at a cost effective rate.
Laminate flooring, also known as "floating wood tile," is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product that is fused together using a lamination process. It has the ability to simulate wood or even stone using a photographic layer pressed under a top clear protective layer. Generally, the inner core is composed of a resin and fiber board materials.
For those of you looking to "Go Green," laminate products are inherently good environmental choices in floor covering. Engineered to last, laminate flooring offers a long life span that minimizes replacement. And while it simulates the upscale look of a natural product like an exotic hardwood or ceramic tile, the actual material isn't used and the natural resource preserved.
The Hardwood Flooring Team Offers:
Atlas Custom Hardwood Flooring offers professional laminate flooring installation that is guaranteed to last. There are four primary ways of installing these floors:
- Glueless – This is a quick and easy installation without the mess. This type of laminate flooring comes in both planks and squares. A thin, plastic underlayment is needed to float the flooring above the subfloor and seal out moisture from below.
- Attached Underlay - These laminate floors come with several different types of tongue and grooved locking systems and an attached underlayment to reduce noise levels.
- Glued - The "original" style of laminate floors which require a special formulated glue to be applied to the tongue and groove of each plank. These planks usually fit together easily, but installers occasionally use a tapping block. Once the glue dries, the planks are almost impossible to separate. These floors come in both planks and squares.
- Pre-glued - This installation method leaves no mess because the glue is already applied to the tongue and grooves. The result is a quick and easy installation.
The Benefits of Hiring The Hardwood Flooring Team:
The installation of laminate flooring may seem simple enough, but there are things that need to be considered that are probably better left to the professionals. Laminate floors tend to expand and contract according to the weather and moisture levels in the air. For this reason a gap should be left around the perimeter of the floor to cater to this expansion and contraction.
Chances are the existing floor will need to come up and be removed. You can get a dumpster and break your back or let the professionals come in and handle it. Furniture has to be moved, baseboards carefully removed, all cracks, dips and divots filled to confirm that the subfloor is even. These issues all take time and are recipes for disaster where one slip can cost you a lot more than your budget provided for this project. Let's not forget that new laminate flooring may add some height to your existing floor. Be prepared to shave the bottoms of doors, so they'll swing freely over your new flooring. Take into consideration pocket and French doors as well.
When you hire The Hardwood Flooring Team, you get years of experience and a guarantee that your floor will come out the way you want it with minimal disruption in your life and no back ache.
What You Should Know About Laminate Flooring:
- Visually, professional laminate flooring looks virtually identical to solid hardwood. Different surface effects can be achieved depending on the desired effect. A special kind of décor paper is placed below a protective cover, and this paper can have different looks. For example - a wood-type grain or a stone-type finish.
- Budget is always a factor that needs to be taken into consideration. You will find that professional laminate flooring is much cheaper than solid wood floors, while leaving you with a sleek and first-class finish.
- Laminate flooring is durable, long-lasting and resistant to scuff marks and scratches. It is known to be able to withstand busy areas in an office or home. They also don't stain or fade in color.