By Darrell Duprat. Laminate Flooring. Published at Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 - 06:50:40 AM.
laying laminate flooring – Now you come to actually laying the laminate flooring itself. Following the layout you already worked out in Step 3, begin laying your laminate flooring remembering to keep the spacers in place between the laminate flooring and the skirting board to allow for expansion. If you're using tongue and groove laminate flooring, simply introduce each new board at a 45 degree angle to the previous one, and gently lower the new board in place. You should feel the tongue click into the groove, and the boards should sit flush with each other. It is advisable to use a pulling bar and a beating block to help encourage each board into place after you've laid it. Pulling bars are used when you reach the end of a row and don't have sufficient space to use a beating block. When you come to cut your end-of-row boards, the easiest way to do this is to lay the board in position where you intend to place it, ad mark on either side when a cut will need to be made. Using your set square, join the marks up to give you a nice straight cutting line. Using your laminate cutter, or the saw you have available, cut your laminate board, first checking which side of the board should be facing upward to minimise damage (this will depend on the type of saw you're using). Do not forget to wear safety protection while you do this.
Another reason that it's faster to install laminate flooring than it is hardwoods is because laminate planks are made somewhat wider than hardwood planks. This means that you'll have fewer boards to cut and install which will mean you can finish the process in a much shorter time. You'll like the awesome durability of laminate flooring. It is designed to be about fifteen times as strong as the best natural hardwood flooring. Because of its strength, it's much more difficult to damage a laminate floor, and it will stand up to high traffic much better than the solid wood does. Many laminate flooring products come with a ten or fifteen year warranty which is considerably longer than the warranties offered for hardwoods. This shows that the manufacturers of laminates have more confidence in the durability of their products, and you can, too. This is good, because laminates cannot be sanded and refinished to renew their beauty like hardwoods can.
Laminate flooring is normally installed on a foam padding within a frame that you put into place around the outside of the room prior to installation. Perhaps the most important thing to learn when learning how to lay laminate flooring is that laminate flooring is not held to the floor boards so if you are gluing it or nailing it to the floor then stop now. Laminate floor is made up of compressed wood and as compressed wood needs room to move when the climate changes outside. If you secure the laminate floor to the floor boards it will cause it to crack when it starts to move. That is the reason why you install it in a frame instead of securing it to the floor board.
What to look for in hardwood flooring. The popular product today is hardwood flooring. It is making a gigantic comeback and everyone wants to jump on the hardwood band wagon. In our region, it seems everyone wants solid hardwood flooring. Let's talk about solid wood. Solid wood is great as long as you have a fairly constant humidity level in your home and the wood is going to be installed above grade. If your home has large fluctuations in humidity levels, then you may want to consider an engineered hardwood floor. An engineered hardwood is a hardwood floor that has plies or turned layers of material in-between a top and bottom layer of the species that you are selecting. This gives the product more stability to changing climate conditions. This type of floor is normally required for on or below grade applications. Engineered flooring is generally a little more price-friendly as the tree specie requirement is less to make the product. A concern with an engineered floor is what the inner core plies are made of. Be sure to ask and make sure a hardwood or hard material is used to create the inner ply as a soft material can make the top layer easier to dent. Solid floor hardness can be determined by researching or asking the Janka rating. Janka ratings are a scale used to determine the hardness by comparison of wood species. I believe that all finishes of hardwood today are good as long as it is a quality brand of flooring that can be found at your independent retailer. There are some new products on the market today that give 50-year finish warranties for what it is worth. I have always had concerns with lifetime warranties or other huge warranties, although I suppose it is something you can hang your hat on should there ever be a problem. Pre-finished vs. unfinished hardwood is always a debate and you will get differing opinions. Personally, I prefer pre-finished. You get more layers of finish and furniture-like quality without the mess. No sanding, better warranties, and a quicker finished product just make up my mind. Yet, we have top-quality intelligent builders who prefer unfinished. So who am I to argue? This product simply has two schools of thought.
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