ABRAHAM LINC | Laminate Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to acclimate laminate before installation?
Yes. It is imperative that the laminate be in the room or rooms that it will be installed in for 48 hours prior to installation. This allows the laminate to become equal in temperature and relative humidity as the area it’s to be installed in. The temperature should be 62-73 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity should be 40-60%.
- How much expansion should I leave between the planks and the walls?
3/8” minimum and don’t forget to allow 3/8” minimum against any other vertical surfaces, such as poles, pipes, vents, etc..
- How level does the floor have to be?
There should be 1/8” maximum in 6 feet, and 3/16” maximum in 10 feet. All high spots must be sanded down, or low spots filled with patch.
- Can I install laminate over existing carpet?
No. Laminate is a floating floor. Installing it over carpet will allow the laminate flooring to walk, or move, as it will slide on the smooth fibers of the carpet. Also, the carpet may have too much give to it, and can jeopardize the integrity of the tongue and groove and cause floor failure.
- Do I have to use an underlayment under the laminate?
Yes. There are several reasons for the underlayment to be used. For one, it helps to buffer imperfections in the subfloor. It also has sound deadening qualities, that will make the laminate quieter to walk on. It also acts as a vapor barrier to keep below moisture from coming in contact with the bottom of the laminate.
- Where can laminate flooring be installed?
Laminate flooring can be installed on wood or concrete. It can be installed on, above and below grade, in any environmentally controlled interior of a home. Because Eastern Laminate is a wood flooring product, it is not recommended for installation in wet areas such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches, or verandas, or anywhere wet mopping may be required.
- What are the advantages of laminate over solid hardwood floors?
The first advantage is price. Hardwood is generally twice the cost of laminates. Secondly, it’s much easier to install, requiring no glue or nails, or special expertise. And it can be installed below grade, where solid Hardwood cannot.
- What direction do I run laminate planks in a room?
It is best to run the length of the planks towards your outdoor light source. You should start your first row on the longest and straightest wall.
- What is a floating floor?
A floating floor is installed with all the planks attached to each other, but none are attached to the floor beneath it.
- How do I clean my laminate floor?
Vacuum, Dust Mop (Dry) and when necessary, clean with a MOIST cloth or mop. Never use: Wet cleaning tools and cleaners, soaps, floor polish, floor cleaning wax, oil soaps, etc.. These products can damage and/or leave a film on the flooring.
- How can I protect my laminate flooring?
Use felt tip protectors on all chairs. Area rug use is recommended. Keep animal nails trimmed. Never slide furniture or appliances across floor without pads. Keep floors clean, and never use water or wet type cleaning tools.
- Where do I need to use a transition molding?
If your room is more than 23 feet wide or 30 feet long, you will need to allow for expansion by using T-Molding.
- Anywhere that the laminate ends and another floor begins.
- Use Reducer molding when the adjoining surface is lower than the laminate.
- Use Endcap Molding when adjoining to carpet, or up against Patio Doors.
- Use T-Molding to finish flooring when two levels meet in doorways.
- Use Stairnose Molding to finish flooring on landings or stair edges.
- Use Quarter Round Molding to finish the perimeter of the room.
- Nail Quarter Round directly into baseboard, not into the flooring.