Buying Tips for Laminate Flooring
Why has this new product category been such a hit?
Laminate products feature a newer type of wear surface that resists scratching, denting, and burns better than many existing products. They also offer extended product warranties to back up these claims for superior performance.
Much of the styling is done in wood grain patterns taking advantage of popularity of hardwood. Still other styling resembles natural stone like you would find in ceramic tile. Laminates offer a popular trade-off for people wanting wood or ceramic. Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than most regular hardwood finishes and easier to clean than the grout lines associated with ceramic tile installations. Laminates also require less demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directly to the subfloor. Most of these products are glued or snapped together over foam padding. This feature has made laminate flooring popular in areas where vinyl flooring traditionally was installed.
Custom floor design is also very easily done with products that offer planks and squares that mix and match together.
High pressure laminate vs. direct pressure laminate
You’ll hear conversation on this difference but both products perform equally as well in most situations. The high-pressure products have greater chipping and impact resistance. High-pressure laminates also have a separate wear surface protecting the pattern, where as the pattern and the wear surface is the same with direct pressure products.
Laminate flooring in wet areas
Many of the products are okay for wet areas, but the core is made of wood fiber. Look for products that have warranties, that cover water damage. All of them will insist on proper installation.
Finishing touches are important
Look for products that can provide the needed accessories like reducer strips, stairnose, and even air vents that either match or coordinate with the flooring.
For ALL Laminate Flooring Installations
* Vacuum using the wand attachment, use a dust mop or wipe with a damp cloth. For spills, just wipe up with a cloth or sponge. In sandy areas or at the beach, sweep or vacuum regularly to avoid surface scratching.
* Do not use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on your floor. Do not wax or polish your floor. When necessary use a well-squeezed damp mop with Bruce Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner. Simply spray and mop!
* Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder, which can scratch your floor.
* Laminate Flooring, like other types of smooth floors, can become slippery when wet. Allow time for floor to dry after washing. Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet.
* Remove tough spots like shoe polish, tar a and asphalt driveway sealer with nail polish remover containing acetone. Then wipe with a damp cloth.
* For other stains call us.
Protect Your Beautiful New Floor
* Place a natural colorfast mat or outside entrances to collect tracked-in dirt and absorb excess moisture.
* For added indention resistance, use Bruce floor protectors on chairs and other furniture. The heavier the item, the wiser the floor should should be.
* You may purchase Bruce floor care products and floor protectors at our locations.