As with any flooring option there will always be various pros and cons, different applications and of course the cost and convenience factors. This is what you should take into consideration before installing laminate, in either commercial or residential projects;
- Laminate flooring is a floating floor, this means that the floor is not glued down to the substrate. You will need to take into consideration that the subfloor should be as level as possible to prevent damage to laminate flooring. However, this does allow for automatic expansion and contraction with room temperature changes.
- Underlay is a necessity when laying down laminate flooring. This helps to avoid rising damp from the subfloor, it also provides insulation and increased stability underfoot.
- It is highly recommended to acclimatise laminate flooring boards to allow them get used to the expansion and contraction that may take place in that room prior to installation. This is a 48 hour process and boards need to be laid horizontally.
- It is important to understand that you cannot make damage claims for boards that have been used, even in rare situations where they have visible or mechanical defects. Ensure that you inspect your boards for visual uniformity or damage on site and in daylight. If serious defects are found, do not make use of these boards. Simply write on the packaging what the defect is and then return it to your supplier.
- Laminate boards should always be laid out parallel to incoming light.
- If you installing laminate over other flooring surfaces, be sure to measure whether the laminate will fit under the door or if you need to cut the door level down.
- It is extremely important to keep in mind that laminate flooring expands in four directions when changes in room temperature and humidity occur, so the corrects size of expansion gaps vital when installing laminate flooring.
- To finish off, the right skirting and how it needs to be fixed to the flooring is an important consideration when choosing laminate.
For more advice on when to choose laminate our Tiletoria sales team can provide expert advice and show your our vast range of laminate flooring solutions.