In laminate flooring faq section, we have discussed about the most common questions people generally ask about laminate flooring. After studying those questions, we have also tried to give you the best solution and tips if your question includes any laminate flooring problem.
- 1 Is there anything like waterproof laminate flooring?
- 2 Can I Install Laminate flooring In Kitchen Or Bathroom?
- 3 How can I make laminate floors waterproof?
- 4 What Criteria Should I Consider Before For Choosing Laminate Floors?
- 5 What is AC Rating?
- 6 What is the best thickness for Laminate Flooring?
- 7 What Is The Best Form Of Underlayment For Laminate Flooring?
- 8 Should I Keep Any Gap Left Over The Perimeter Of A Room While Installing Laminate Floors?
- 9 How Can I Properly Clean & Maintain Laminate Flooring?
Is there anything like waterproof laminate flooring?
Well, NO. There isn’t any such thing known as waterproof laminate flooring. People usually misapprehend the fact between waterproof and water resistant. Water resistant means penetration of water can be resisted to a certain extent. Waterproof means water is impenetrable.
LAMINATE FLOOR IS WATER RESISTANT BUT NOT WATERPROOF! It is made up of four layers, one of which is the melamine wear layer. It gives minor protection against water spills. Laminate is solely made of recycled woods. Hence it isn’t invulnerable to water. So you always see it in guides, not to let water stay in your floor for a longer time and wipe up the water at the very instance. If not, you will feel sorry as your floor is likely to become ruined! Laminates are floating floors, i.e. gluing or nailing is not required. So it is not watertight. If exposed to water, water might penetrate to the subfloors through the grooves of the locking system causing the edges to cup or buckle.
Can I Install Laminate flooring In Kitchen Or Bathroom?
No, you can not install laminate flooring in kitchen or bathroom as these areas have higher moisture content. You might have heard toilsome stories from people who have installed laminate flooring in their kitchen or bathroom. Well, they are all true for some good reasons.
Curling: With the exposure of water spills, the edges of the planks often curl up destroying the ambiance of your bathroom or kitchen. The surface of the laminates are actually water proof, but it’s the edges that inimical any problem. The edges cause the underneath to become swelled up as well.
Slippage: Laminate floors become very slippery when it gets wet. You might slip, trip and fall if that happens. You will need strong floor traction in this case. The floor traction will not decolorize your floors in any means but it can reduce the glaze of your floor once polished.
However it is possible to mitigate the risk and make laminates waterproof.
How can I make laminate floors waterproof?
It is possible to make laminate floors waterproof. Usually, laminate floors are not glued. However, you can glue the joins to make laminates waterproof. You can use a good quality laminate glue and silicone caulk to seal the joins. DO NOT glue the laminate planks to the subfloor. Laminate floors are floating floors, so let them float. Just glue the locking system of the planks. For a good quality glue, PVA Type II glue is suitable for making the planks glued to one another. You will need very little amount of glue. The silicone caulk can be used in the gaps between the planks to prevent any moisture passing through the planks to underneath.
If you do it accordingly with proper maintenance, only then you can have the privilege of setting up laminates in your kitchen or bathroom.
What Criteria Should I Consider Before For Choosing Laminate Floors?
You should take AC rating, plank thickness, underlayment, type of wood, price etc into your consideration while choosing the best laminate flooring.
What is AC Rating?
AC stands for Abrasion Class. It is a representation of laminate’s resistance against wear on a scale of 1 to 5. The higher the AC rating, the more higher the durability of the laminate flooring. Subsequently, the higher the price. AC rating will help you to pay according to the original price.
AC1 Moderate Residential: Built to resist only light residential use. Best for home use with little foot traffic, like bedrooms.
AC2 General Residential: Built for moderate foot traffic. Suitable in home use with medium foot traffic like in residential spaces where there isn’t wear and tear. Example: dining rooms.
AC3 Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial: Built for all kinds of high traffic residential use like rooms and even commercial spaces.
AC4 General Commercial: Built to withstand home use as well as more heavily trafficked commercial standards if warranted like offices, cafes, and boutiques.
AC5 Heavy Commercial: Built to resist heavy commercial traffic like in shopping malls, hospitals.
What is the best thickness for Laminate Flooring?
You can generally consider 12 mm thickness of a plank as a standard for laminate flooring. Besides, a thicker plank has better sound and impact resistant. You will also find thicker planks easier to install. However, thickness in a plank can not guarantee you quality in laminate flooring because manufacturer can produce ticker laminate floorings with low quality materials.
What Is The Best Form Of Underlayment For Laminate Flooring?
People use different type of underlayment for laminate flooring. However, standard foam underlayment is the most common type of underlayment. You can use this type of underlayment over a plywood subfloor at low or non moisture areas because it doesn’t provide any vapor barrier support.
At high moisture areas, over both concrete & plywood subfloor, you can use combination foam underlayment consisting of standard foam and vapor barrier. This underlayment is slightly more expensive than standard foam underlayment.
You can use cork underlayment where noise reduction is important. It is one of the most expensive types of underlayment which can add 50 percent more cost for laminate flooring. Moreover, it doesn’t provide any comfort or cushioning underneath laminate floors. You can use it to level uneven surfaces between rooms.
You can also purchase built-in padded laminate floors because you can directly install it over a vapor barrier seal or over the subfloor, and you do not need to purchase foam padding underlayment separately.
Should I Keep Any Gap Left Over The Perimeter Of A Room While Installing Laminate Floors?
As derived from wood, laminate flooring can expand by humidity level or by room temperature. So, you should keep about 10 mm gap left around the perimeter of a room while installing laminate floors.
How Can I Properly Clean & Maintain Laminate Flooring?
Do not use traditional broom, detergent or water based liquids to clean laminate floors, and you must avoid these laminate flooring mistakes. You should rather use microfiber mop, vacuum cleaner or a cloth for cleaning laminate floors. Moreover, Do not expose your laminate floor to excessive heat and direct sunlight. You can also read our article on cleaning and maintaining laminate floors to know the ways in details.