The market share of laminate flooring continues to expand. As a result of its adaptability, resilience, high-quality finish, and low price, it has become the go-to flooring material for DIYers and flooring contractors. Laminate floors can now be purchased in a wide variety of styles that mimic the look of natural wood or stained hardwood.
Is That Option Always The Best One?
Even though laminate flooring is a great option, a few things should be considered before making the switch. However, before you go tearing up your old floor and replacing it with laminate, you should know a few minor details. Laminate flooring is long-lasting, highly resistant to damage and scratches, and easy and inexpensive to install. First, picture this to appreciate the almost indestructible qualities of laminate flooring. It’s essentially created from the same material as standard kitchen countertops, so it can withstand daily use and be easily wiped clean. The ‘give’ in laminate flooring makes it comfortable to walk on, but the installation method can make the floor seem hollow to sensitive ears. Laminate flooring, while not as easily damaged as natural wood, can still be scraped and dented.
Like natural wood floors, laminate flooring can be ruined by abundant moisture. Laminate floors, like hardwood floors, shrink and expand during installation. To avoid gaps on the floor, you’ll need to consider the baseboard width you’re using. Since larger areas will expand and contract more than smaller ones, wider baseboards are required. If you’re considering installing laminate flooring in your home, remember that the ideal humidity level is between 40% and 50%.
How to Lay Laminate Flooring Correctly?
Laminate can be put over existing ceramic tiles, vinyl, or hardwood. Laminate flooring may seem like a no-brainer because of its advertising as the ultimate DIY project that needs nothing in the way of experience, but it is not. Some factors must be considered before installing the floor to get the job done right and have the floor last a long time with few issues. To begin, laminate is installed using a “click” system requiring a relatively level surface. If the floor is not level, the click system will eventually fail. In the long run, it may be worth investing in the services of a professional floor installer to ensure that no such issues arise. A vapor barrier or high-density foam underlayment may be necessary for some setups. While reducing waste and costs through accurate measuring and cutting. Using suitable instruments, floor vents and the amount left for undercut door jams must be planned.
The adage “You get what you pay for.”
It’s true that “you get what you pay for” in most situations. Cheaper laminate flooring will typically have a cheaper product and locking system. Therefore, a low-cost laminate might not hold up to the rigors of regular use. If you want to buy laminate, it’s best to do it within the country. However, this is not always the case with low-quality laminate flooring from overseas.
Atex Flooring serves the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, and Toronto, by selling high-quality carpet, laminate flooring, hardwood floors, carpet tiles, and vinyl tiles.