Q: What is the difference between real wood and laminate floors?
A: Laminate floors are not made of wood. It is a printed photograph of an particular wood species or stone pattern that is then adhered to a dense particle board or high density fiberboard center core. The top layer is protected with layers of a protective finish.
Q: Does laminate flooring need to acclimated to my home?
A: Even though laminate flooring isn’t real wood, we recommend that you allow the boards to acclimate for at least 48 before installation.
Q: Are laminate floors easy to maintain?
A: Laminate floors are stain-resistant and very easy to keep clean, however just like all floors, spills should be cleaned up quickly and excessive water should be avoided on the surface of your floor. For everyday maintenance, vacuuming or sweeping regularly is recommended. When needed, you can also use a laminate floor cleaner to take care of any film that may have built up to maintain the natural shine of the floor.
Q: How is a laminate floor installed?
A: Most laminate floors are installed using a Click Lock floating method over a foam pad. No adhesive, nails or staples necessary. You can also use your new laminate floor right away—no waiting for anything to dry or set.
Q: Can I sand and refinish a laminate floor?
A: No. Laminate floors are not made of wood and cannot be sanded. One of the benefits of laminate flooring is that it is more scratch resistant than real wood, and if a plank does become damaged, you can easily replace that board without ruining the rest of your floor in the process.
Q: How long will a laminate floor last?
A: Not all laminate floors are created equal. Depending on the quality of the floor, warranties on most laminates are between 10-25 years. Some manufacturers offer limited warranties against fading, wear, moisture, etc., but, as with all flooring they must be maintained properly to last the longest.
Q: Can I replace a single damaged board?
A: Since laminate flooring is installed using a Click Lock floating method and are not attached or glued directly to the subfloor, you can un-click the flooring starting from the last boards installed, back to the damaged board and replace it. Then you simply re-click the boards into place.