Published at Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - 05:21:45 AM. Laminate Flooring. By Bernadette Pelissier.
How to determine if the store knows its stuff. Just how do you know if a store knows what it's doing? There are a few things that you need to look for. First of all, if you are looking for the independent retailer to install the product for you, they must come to the job site and measure for you. Diagrams just don't cut it and a good store knows that a 3-D viewing of the job is the only way to finalize a price. Notice how much attention the store pays to transitions between rooms in your home. Are they going to undercut door casings? It is a must. Are they going to pull baseboards or use rounds? Baseboard pulling makes the floor look like the house was built on top of the floor and that is what you want. Depending on the type of baseboard you have, rounds are sometimes necessary, but it should always be discussed. Notice the amount of perimeter detail the measuring technician is noting. If it is just a diagram drawn with no discussion, that's not good enough. Look for another store. You'll immediately notice the difference between stores just by watching the approach taken by the measurer. An expert will be in total control and will ask you all the right questions and discuss the project with you. Is the store going to document who is doing what and who isn't? There will also be certain job preparation issues that will need to be discussed, such as moving appliances, toilets, furnishings, tearing out of existing flooring, etc. These items need to be decided and should be listed and signed by both parties so that there is no confusion. Moonlight installers tend to put all the little detailed preparation directly on the consumer or they charge you extra for it. Alternately, many times the prep will be included in the retailer installation package.
One of the most appealing features of laminate floors is that they can be purchased about twenty five percent cheaper than comparable hardwoods. What this means for you as the consumer is that you can give your home the look you are trying to achieve without the high cost. Laminate flooring is glueless and made using a tongue-and-groove design, so it is far easier to install than hardwood flooring and can save you the cost of a professional installer. Laminate floors are called floating floors just for this very reason. Without having to use nails or glue to install your flooring makes it an easy task to do on your own, and you'll be able to accomplish the job quickly. Without the mess of using glue, clean up is a breeze. After you install your floor you can start living on it immediately which certainly beats having to wait for the glue to dry on a hardwood floor.
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