Benefits of Laminate
Laminate Flooring combines the flexibity of simulating the look of wood, stone or other materials with easy installation and durabilty.
Ease of cleaning
With Laminate flooring cleaning is a breeze. It can be swept or vacuumed with ease. If there is a stain just damp mop the floor with some light cleaner.
Laminate can be created from recycled product. Many manufacturers are offering environmentally friendly products.
Laminates can take on the appearance of almost any wood grain, style, or finish. Thus, it can match any room or taste.
Ease and Speed of Installation
Laminate flooring can be installed with ease and speed, reducing cost and time to complete the project.
Kid, Pet and Allergy Friendly
Laminate flooring is easier to clean than carpeting as it will not trap pet hair, dirt and allergens. It also has a protective coating which can minimize damage from pet paws and rough play of children.
About Laminate Flooring
Today’s Laminate Flooring provides a wide variety of choices. Any type, grain or layout of wood, stone or tile can be captured, laminated, and split into easily assembled pieces of flooring. Laminates are categorized by installation method.
This is laminate flooring that is easily clicked together when installed. This type of flooring may come with an under pad attached to the planks or may require an under padding before installation. If the area may be susceptible to moisture, make sure to look into a separate plastic under-layer as a moisture barrier.
This is laminate flooring that requires each plank to be glued together when joined. This creates a very strong flooring, but can be more time consuming and requires a level of skillful installation.
This is laminate flooring with glue already applied to the joints. This type of flooring may require moisture to activate the glue on the joints.
Laminates have evolved and can emulate many different surfaces and looks.
Smooth Finish laminates have a layer of varnish over them for protection and effect. This layer can have different glosses including high, medium and low.
This type of finish is often used to emulate the undulating rings and imperfections of wood flooring. It is meant to fool the eye into looking like wood or stone.
Laminate flooring now comes in distressed or scraped finish to create an illusion of antique wood such as barn wood or re-purposed flooring.
Embossed in Registration
This type of embossing is made to match wood grain exactly to create an authentic look. However, it is created in a specific repeating pattern that is too consistent to be real wood.
Durability of Laminate – Abrasion Class (AC) Rating
Laminate Flooring has an AC rating which is a guide to the durability of the flooring and is defined in five levels.
AC1 Moderate Residential flooring is to be used with light residential use such as bedrooms.
AC2 General Residential laminate is built for moderate traffic such as dinning rooms or living rooms.
AC3 Heavy Residential or Moderate Commercial laminate is suitable for all kinds of residential use and for light traffic commercial. This can be used anywhere in a home, office or hotel rooms.
AC4 General Commercial flooring can be used for any type of residential use and for more heavily trafficked commercial spaces such as stores or restaurants.
AC5 Heavy Commercial flooring is the highest rated flooring and is designed to be used in high traffic situations such as department stores or busy lobbies.
Laminate flooring comes in three different options of edge type.
This Flooring will have a straight beveled edge like a mirror.
This Flooring will have an indentation on all sides of the board to accent the edges.
This flooring will have no noticeable edges from board to board. The pieces fit together in a fashion that hides the lines between them.
Board Size and Shape
The size and shape of the laminate boards can vary from a thin strip to a parquet pattern. This is used to create effects like hardwood patterns and decorative accents.
Floor Board Planks
These are planks with regular floor board thickness created by most brands. They are practical and easy to work with.
Thin Strip Flooring
Thinner strips are used to emulate wood flooring planks as seen in older houses, bowling allies or basketball courts.
Wide Plank Flooring
Wider boards can be used for smoother installation or larger effects of patterns.
This can include herringbone, chevron or parquet patterns as seen with fine hardwood floors.
Care and Maintenance of Your Laminate Flooring
Please contact Elliott Flooring directly if you have questions on how to deal with specific cleaning or maintenance issues for your laminate flooring. Make sure you also have read your laminate floor warranty for specific care requirements.
General Laminate Flooring Care Requirements
- Immediately clean up all spills.
- Do not allow liquids to sit.
- Use door mats for high traffic entrances.
- Sweep your floors regularly.
- Use a hard floor attachment for your vaccum, to avoid scratches.
- Use cleaning products made specifically for laminate floors.
- Never use abrasive cleaners, strong ammonia or chlorinated type cleaners as all will damage your flooring.
- Never buff or polish your flooring with machines as that will damage the laminate coating.
- For sticky substances, harden the spot with an ice cube and then lightly rub with a dull plastic scraper. Do not use too much pressure. When in doubt contact the store for instructions.
This may void the manufacturer’s warranty on your floor.
Do not use rolling desk chairs or rolling casters on any vinyl floors, i.e., sheet vinyl, vinyl plank, vinyl tile or laminate floors.
Chair castors are rolling loads and can be more devastating to a floor than a 2-wheeled cart. Chair castors generally never leave a 10-square-foot area and have a consistent weight attached to them. The sitter, when rolling around, will cause a consistent wear pattern that will prematurely wear a vinyl or laminate floor. We always recommend a heavy chair mat for use under office chairs.
Even with a protective wear layer, over time, rolling desk chairs or desks with wheels at the bottom can cause damage to your flooring beyond repair.
Quite often, these wheels will eventually damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty of your floor.
This doesn’t mean you can’t use any furniture with wheels. The best way to protect your vinyl flooring is to place a heavy chair mat underneath the seating area at your desk.
You can also try fitting chairs with felt tips, or simply avoid buying chairs and desks with wheels. Felt pads are a popular choice for protecting vinyl & laminate floors and are well-suited for use on chairs, tables, sofas, and other furniture. Felt furniture pads come in a range of sizes and thicknesses, allowing you to customize your protection based on your furniture size and weight.