You'll often hear the term "floating floor" when shopping for laminate flooring in Bismarck, ND, as the installation is always a primary consideration since it affects your time and money.
Laminate is almost always installed as a floating floor. This technique is quick and easy. Translation: You have a professional installation at a lower cost.
An installation technique, not a type of product
With a floating floor, the pieces click together. It's much like the traditional tongue and groove associated with solid hardwood.
It forms a mat and then hovers over the subfloor without nails or glue. Subfloors need only be clean, dry, and level.
This is the preferred installation for laminate flooring. However, the product expands and contracts because of the seaming. This creates an imbalance in the floor and affects both performance and appearance.
Underlayments are usually recommended. They add foundation and stability, which are necessary for floating floors.
In addition, they can be moisture barriers. You'll probably want one if you're installing over concrete, which can be damp and cold.
Laminate benefits include:
1. Style: Laminate flooring has long been considered a reasonable alternative to hardwood. Images are now taken with high-definition photography.
There is also better seaming. Technology, like embossing, creates true-to-life textured appearances.
2. Durability: It is scratch and fade-resistant. Waterproof laminate flooring, a new version, is spillproof and eliminates concerns about staining, peeling, and rippling. Now laminate flooring can be installed in any room in the house, including kitchens and baths.
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