Laminate flooring has been around for over 20 years. It started out as a simple 7 mm thick product with a smooth finish that required the planks to be glued. Since then it has evolved into a product that looks so much like wood floor with many finishes that you can not tell the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring is relatively inexpensive, very durable and easy to install. You can even install over existing floor such as linoleum and ceramic tile. Laminate floor continues to change.
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Laminate Flooring Styles
Some of the finishes available on the market
- Smooth. A plain finish. Sometimes you can choose between high, medium and low gloss finishes.
- Embossed and/or Textured. Some laminates come with a textured finish.
- Distressed/Hand scraped. Hand scraped laminate flooring is now available and gives laminate an antique look.
- Embossed in Registration. This type of embossing matches the grain of the wood exactly for the most authentic embossed look.
Tools Needed for installing laminate flooring
- Carpenter’s square
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Safety glasses
- NIOSH-designated dust mask
- Saw (circular, table, and/or jigsaw)
- Tapping block
- Chalk line
- Pull bar
BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Read complete installation instructions.
- Make sure the surface you’re laying the new floor over is clean, dry and flat.
- Gently remove wall base, millwork, or trim you’ll re-use.
- Roll out Premium Underlayment.
- Lay flooring pieces parallel with your longest wall.
- Begin on the left side of the room and work right.
- Install from several cartons at random for visual variety
- In the last row, you may have to cut boards lengthwise.
- Trim around contours according to installation guide.
- When installation is complete, remove spacers, ensure expansion space is maintained.
- Fasten trim and moldings to the wall, not the flooring.
These days, with the ever improving technology, laminate floors can be used in areas such as bathrooms and Kitchens where there are high levels of moisture. There are many water proof products available on the market.