Fast Installation of Nearly All Types of Flooring
Laminate is fast to install. You can install one room of laminate flooring within a day. Laminate flooring is like a puzzle. There is no mixing of grout or mortar, which also causes no messy clean-up. It is fast to cut a laminate plank with a light-duty circular saw or even a hand saw.
Laminate flooring is the easiest floor covering for the do-it-yourselfer to self-install. Because laminate is thin and flexible, the subfloor needs to be flat and level before you can start installing laminate.
You Can Install Laminate Below Grade
Below-grade installation means below ground-level. Though laminate floors are susceptible to moisture, and there are flooring materials that are more appropriate for sub-grade installation, you can, anyway, install laminate here if accompanied by vapor barrier. Do not install laminate flooring in highly moisture-prone areas, such as bathrooms. It can, however, be installed in a powder room or guest bathroom that has only a toilet and sink.
It Disassembles Fast and Easily
Laminate floors are easy to un-install and replace when it is time for an update. Laminate is not attached to the subfloor, so no laborious scraping of mortar or adhesive. After you have removed baseboards and/or shoe molding which hold down the edges of the floor, it is as fast as taking a jigsaw puzzle apart.
Laminate Is Durable
While solid hardwood flooring is beautiful and long-lasting, it is less dimensionally stable than laminate. Natural stone and ceramic tile can crack. Engineered wood, while more dimensionally stable than solid wood, unfortunately has a thin veneer layer that can wear down a plywood base.
Laminate flooring’s thin, transparent wear layer is incredibly strong and scratch-resistant. It has more bounce than hard floor coverings like stone, ceramic, porcelain, or concrete.
Laminate Is Easy to Clean and Maintain
Laminate, when tightly installed, is smooth and flawless. The best cleaning method for laminate flooring is by using a fast, simple method, such as a damp cloth.
Laminate Flooring Looks
In the past, the most popular criticism for laminate flooring was that it looked fake. In recent years, though, laminate manufacturers have been developing products with greater surface texture and visual appeal.
- More Species: Conventional species like oak, birch, maple, and cherry are still available. But more exotic species, such as teak and mahogany, have come along, as well as variations of those – aged, antiqued, and handscraped.
- More Sizes: Conventional 3.5″-look laminate is still around, but you can now buy planks in widths up to 7 3/4″.
- Better Surface: Embossing is the manufacturing technique that presses a wood-grain texture into the surface of the laminate. Deeper embossing, available with premium lines, offers more realistic-looking boards.
- EIR: Embossing In Register takes embossing to the next level. Instead of embossing imprinted at random places on the board, it follows the laminate’s photographic layer. Where there is a visual representation grain or knots, there is now a corresponding texture.