What is laminate flooring?
The word “laminate” means bonding layers of material, laminate flooring is a high-density, layered product constructed much like kitchen countertops – only flooring laminate is 20 times more durable! Laminate flooring consists of multiple layers fused together under heat and pressure. The surface layer is the protective finish or wear layer which can be smooth or textured. Its job is to resist fading and wear and to keep laminate easy-to-clean. Next comes the imprinted colour and design layer. The third layer is the core, which gives the laminate floor structure, dimension and rigidity.
How long will a laminate floor last?
How long a laminate flooring product will last depends upon the product you are using and how well it is cared for. The Flooring Company only buys and/or import products from reputable dealers with a minimum of 15 year guarantee.
How does laminate flooring compare to other flooring surfaces?
Laminate is usually more durable than most other flooring surfaces. Laminate is less prone to dents and dings, has better stain resistance, and it resists shrinkage and swelling due to changes in temperature and humidity.
Can I install laminate over old flooring?
Laminate can be installed over most existing hard surface floors – not carpet. However – providing the existing floor rests solidly on the sub-floor.
What about noise?
In order to minimize the sound, laminate manufacturers have advanced manufacturing technologies. The Flooring Company has different options available for sound reduction.
How is laminate flooring installed?
Laminate is what is called a floating floor, installed without fasteners or adhesives over the sub-floor upon which it rests or “floats”. This fast and clean method of lock-together installation allows floors to expand and control without buckling, cracking or joints opening up.