Laminate Planks and Tile Flooring Options
Like laminate countertops laminate floors are made of layers: a clear, protective top layer; a second layer that is printed to look like the flooring of your choice (typically oak, pine, cherry, maple, or stone); a third core layer made from a wood product such as plywood; and a fourth layer that creates a stable surface that won't warp. Laminate comes in two shapes -- planks and tiles.
Laminate often works in places where wood doesn't -- in basements, over concrete, and over many existing floors. It's tough and doesn't dent, and the color is consistent from one board to the next.
Not all laminates are suitable for use in moisture-prone rooms, however, so be sure and check the manufacturer's warranty before purchasing it. Unfortunately, it cannot be refinished if damaged, but individual planks or tiles can be replaced.Floating floor
Instead of being nailed down, laminate flooring floats on the subfloor. The edges of the planks or tiles either snap together or glue together to form one large piece. It is held in place only at the edges by baseboard or shoe molding.
Laminate floors are installed over a foam underlayment, which makes the floor quiet and somewhat soft underfoot.Pro Tip: Installation locations
Laminate flooring can be installed above or below grade. It installs quickly and easily and is easy to keep clean. It is ideal for installation over vinyl floors and floors that may contain asbestos, as it can be installed without disturbing the original floor. Glued-together planks are often suitable for bath installations; snap-together planks are usually not. If you are planning to install laminate in the bath, check with the manufacturer to be sure your product is approved for damp areas. Never install laminate over a floor that has a drain or a sump pump.
- Planning Your Flooring Project
- Preparing a Room & Floor for New Flooring
- Installing Ceramic & Stone Tile: How To Install Tile
- Installing Wood Flooring: How To Install a Wood Floor
- Installing Laminate Flooring: How To Install a Laminate Floor
- Installing Resilient Floors: How To Install a Resilient Floor
- Installing Carpeting: How To Install Carpet
- Installing & Staining Cement Overlays: How to Install Cement Floors
- Installing & Finishing Baseboards: How To Install Baseboard
- Paint & Epoxy: How to Apply a Paint or Epoxy Floor Coating
- Floor Repair: How to Repair & Maintain Floors