Installing flooring for the first time can lead to anxiety. What if you make the wrong choice or commit to doing the job yourself and it is a disaster? FloorTrader, which is part of the Top Carpets & Floors Group, and with branches in Johannesburg and Pretoria, understands that consumers have many flooring questions.
Here are 5 of the most frequently asked questions about laminate floors:
How much will laminate flooring cost me?
Of course, this will depend on how much flooring you want to install. Regardless of whether it is one room or the entire house, you will be surprised at how cost-effective laminate flooring is. Not only are you getting the luxury look of real hardwood floors, you will also save in the long term because laminate is easy to clean and maintain and it is extremely durable. Laminate is simply great bang for your buck when it comes to flooring.
Where can laminate be installed in my home?
All that laminate needs is a structurally sound, dry, clean, and flat subfloor. The manufacturing processes have thankfully changed a lot since the ‘80s, eliminating the problems experienced with the product way back then, like delamination or curling from water spills. Nowadays, because laminate is as easy to remove as it is to install, and because it is so cost-effective, it makes sound sense as a flooring option for any room in the home – or offices and bustling retail spaces.
Can I install laminate flooring over carpet?
The beauty of laminate flooring is it can be installed over existing floors. So, if you are tired of the wooden floor in the lounge area, the concrete in the bathroom or the carpet in your bedroom … call on laminate to give your living spaces a whole new look and feel. For the best results, we advise that the carpet is fully adhered and no more than ¼ inch thick over suspended wood subfloors. The best route to making sure your existing floor is going to love your laminate flooring as much as you will, is to give us a ring for some expert guidance.
What about laminate and water?
Laminate flooring is great with water – on the back of a professional installation and the floor being properly maintained, as per instructions. If you have pets, for example, they will love laminate flooring and so will you, because it really withstands scratches and scuffs well. But, take care to keep your pets’ nails trimmed and wipe up liquid spills as soon as they happen. With the right care, your laminate flooring will last and be beautiful for decades.
Can I mop a laminate floor?
Don’t use a wet mop and just any cleaning agent, as you would on a tiled floor. All a laminate floor needs is a quick sweep and a microfibre mop with minimum water necessary. It is a good idea to place mats at the entrances to the home so feet can be wiped on these to minimise carrying grit and other particles onto the laminate flooring. Another good safeguard to keep your floors flawless is to put felt floor protectors under appliances, décor items, and furniture feet.
Should you have any more questions, feel free to contact us today.