1. What is laminate floor?
Laminate flooring is a durable and versatile flooring with the look of hardwood. Although it looks like hardwood there is no solid hardwood used in the construction. Laminate is made of several materials bonded together under high pressure. Most are constructed with a moisture resistant high density fiberboard (HDF). It is then topped with a high resolution photograph layer to resemble hardwood, finished with a clear resin coating to protect the flooring. Laminate flooring is prefect for those wanting a durable floor for a fraction of the price of hardwood.
2. What is the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring?
Both laminate and hardwood are great choices but hardwood, being the superior choice, does have some disadvantages. Hardwood should be installed above grade while laminate can be installed above or below grade and virtually over any flooring surface. However, it is not recommended in bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas because of the possible accumulation of water. The price of laminate is also a great advantage.
3. Can laminate flooring be installed on stairs?
Yes, laminate flooring can be installed on stairs. It should be glued down. The moldings and transitions should be nailed down.
4. How do I clean and care for my laminate flooring?
Following a few simple steps will help maintain and make your laminate flooring long lasting.
- Use of doormats at each entrance will help reduce the amount of dirt, debris and moisture from outside.
- Mopping is not recommend but a damp mop may be used. It is preferred to use the cleaning products offered by each manufacture. This will also help in the warranty of your hardwood floor.
- Keep pet's nails trimmed to reduce scratching of the hardwood. Avoiding high heels on your hardwood is also recommended.
- Using felt or approved protective pads under the legs of the furniture will help reduce scratching and gouging. Never slide heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.