How do I determine the direction in which to install my laminate flooring?
The laminate flooring must be installed parallel to the incoming light from any windows.
If lighting is not a concern, install flooring parallel to the longest wall in the room.
What are my laminate flooring moulding options?
A reducer moulding provides a smooth transition between laminate flooring and other floor coverings with different heights.
The T-moulding is used in doorways or entryways or for transition between same levels of flooring; it is necessary for installations over 33 feet (10 m).
A square nose moulding is used to finish the flooring edge at a staircase or for sharper transition between different levels of flooring compared to a reducer.
The stair nose moulding is used to finish each stair and the flooring edge at a staircase.
Can I refinish or recoat my laminate flooring?
No, laminate flooring cannot be refinished or sanded.
Does laminate flooring need to be acclimated?
Acclimation is a recommended procedure prior to installation of laminate flooring either on the “job site” or in “like job site conditions”, as this will make the installation easier and remove concerns of over expansion or under contraction of the flooring. Store the unopened boxes in the room where the floor is to be installed for at least 48 hours prior to installation.
Where can laminate flooring be installed?
Laminate flooring is an extremely versatile flooring product. It can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood or concrete. There are several locations that are not recommended for laminate flooring. Because laminate flooring is a wood flooring product it is not recommended that laminated be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping.
How should I repair my damaged laminate floor?
If 1 plank must be repaired, take the flooring a part to get to that plank and replace it. Laminate flooring could not be sanded or refinished.
How should I remove my existing laminate floor?
Remove the moulding, then just “unclick” and remove all the planks.
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate floors are composed of several layers bonded together for improved stability. They are also extremely durable due to structured materials like melamine and fibre board that make up each layer.
The bottom is a backing layer which balances the entire board.
Above the backing layer is the core made from high-density fibre board.
The core is topped by the design print paper with a picture of the laminate’s desired appearance.
Above the decorative surface is a thin wear layer made of aluminum oxide.
Laminate floors are perfect for active rooms in the home and especially practical in homes with children and animals. Laminate flooring combines realistic designs with strong, durable and water-resistant finishes that are more quiet and comfortable than parquet, stone or ceramic flooring. Laminate floors easily imitate other types of hard surface flooring as pattern is reproduced by printing a high-definition image that is protected by a resin resulting in a variety of styles and designs such as real wood, sophisticated ceramics and natural stone.
Dare to be exotic - only laminate floor coverings can allow you to let your imagination run wild! Laminate floors imitate perfectly the look of natural wood, even the most exotic; only your sense of adventure, and not your budget, may limit your choices.
What are the benefits of laminate flooring?
Laminate floating floors can be installed directly over existing floors or subfloors without gluing them down. This saves time and installation costs and means that they can be put in many places other floor coverings cannot. Today’s glueless floating floors can be used as soon as they are installed.
Because floating floors are not attached to the material underneath, they act independently and are self-reliant for their stability. The elimination of glue or nails means far less potential for problems and much more versatility, like use in basements or cottages.
Laminate floors are easy to clean and maintain. There is no need to refinish (sand or re-stain) them. They can be easily cleaned by vacuuming or dust mopping.
Laminate floors can be used in any high-traffic area where there is a need for a durable floor that does not require high maintenance.
Laminate floors are hypoallergenic because they do not harbour bacteria or dust mites, which can be a health concern for people with allergies. High quality laminates are safe from toxins.
Laminate floor technology has improved dramatically in recent years to include bevelled edges, registered embossing (the texture exactly matches the printed pattern), multiple widths and different lengths. There is a style and texture to suit every décor imaginable.
Beautiful, high-quality laminate floors can add value to one’s home while being easy to maintain and durable to live on. Laminates can be installed above ground level or below, on concrete or wood sub-floors and there are even laminates durable enough for commercial applications.
What do I need to know before I start installing my floor?
The flooring must be acclimated at least 48 hours prior to installation. Heating/air conditioning must be on and set between 60 and 80 °F and relative humidity in the room should be 40% - 60%.
What is the difference between HDF and MDF?
HDF is a High density core and MDF is medium density core. HDF offers better resistance than MDF.
Can laminate flooring be installed over carpet?
No. Carpet is too soft and the floor would move too much.
How do I care and maintain my laminate floors?
Following installation, clean with a no-rinse product made specifically for laminate floor care.
Sweep, vacuum or dust mop regularly, as built-up grit can damage the finish and surface of your floor. The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate flooring. Frequency will depend on the amount of traffic the floor receives. Follow the cleaner instructions closely. Remove spills or liquids immediately using a soft cloth and the cleaning product recommended. Do not allow spills or liquids to remain on the floor for an extended period of time as it may cause damage to your flooring.
Never use other types of floor covering cleaning products (sheet vinyl, ceramic tile cleaners etc.). Never mop or flood your floor with water or other products. Do not use oil soaps, liquid or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil, bleach, polishes or ammonia. Do not use products that may leave a residue allowing the floor to be slippery or sticky and causing your floor to appear dull quickly. This could also damage the flooring, leave a discolouring residue and cause swelling, warping and void the warranty.
Never use scouring powder products, steel wool or abrasives. Put fabric-faced glides (non-staining), casters or felt pad protectors under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching. Keep pet’s nails trimmed and paws clean and free of dirt. Use a dolly or protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects. Remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on the floor. When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on your flooring. It is best to pick up furniture completely to protect the flooring. Do not use rugs with solid rubber or vinyl backings. Maintain normal interior humidity levels. The range should be between 40% and 60%. Use a humidifier and/or dehumidifier if necessary.
What is abrasion class rating?
The ABRASION CLASS measure rates abrasion resistance, impact resistance, resistance to staining and cigarette burns and thickness swelling along edges. If laminate flooring cannot meet the requirements for each of these ratings, approval for a given AC rating will be denied. All laminate flooring distributed by BEAULIEU® has a minimum punishment class of 23 for residential use (heavy) and 31 for commercial use (moderate), or an AC3 rating. AC ratings 4 & 5 are equally suitable for residential use as AC3 but somewhat more suitable for high traffic commercial applications. AC ratings below 3 are recommended for low traffic residential use only.