How to Install Laminates

Considering laminate as a flooring option for your home? Here are some reasons why people love them. 

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When you're considering new flooring for your home, one of the options to think about might be laminate. Many people love it because it can provide them with the look of hardwood for a much lower price. It's also generally not difficult to install. Laminate is durable and strong, and it doesn't scratch or otherwise get damaged that easily, either, so it's a good choice for multiple areas throughout your home or your business.

How Does Laminate Installation Work?

When laminate is installed, the pieces generally snap together. That provides a very snug fit so you don't see gaps, bulges, or other types of problems. It can be installed over just about any type of other flooring or subflooring, but making sure the surface is up to level is very important. Without a level surface that is clean and free of any type of debris, the laminate installation may not go smoothly. That could result in damage to the laminate, along with a floor that is uneven, or that has bumps and ripples in it. Over time, that could mean further problems with the laminate, and the need to replace the flooring.

Will Laminate Flooring Really Look Like Hardwood?

Laminate has come a long way, and can look very much like hardwood. The quality of the laminate matters, of course, as does the way it is installed. With a high-end, snap-together laminate and a good installation, you may have a hard time telling that it's not actually hardwood on your floor. Both areas - laminate and installation - need to be focused on, though, to ensure that it really looks as good as possible and provides the maximum durability for years to come.

What about Using Glue to Hold the Laminate?

Most laminate installations don't use any kind of glue. The floor "floats" on top of the subfloor it was installed over. That allows for a little bit of expansion and contraction when the temperature and humidity levels in the home change. It also makes things easier if a piece of laminate becomes damaged and needs to be removed and replaced. Some older laminate installations did use glue, but it's no longer a recommended method because of the difficulties involved. You can have a much easier installation and a great look with newer laminate products and installation methods.