Vignette Duquesne Laminate Flooring August 03, 2018 00:19:29
Traditionally, laminate floors used adhesive glues to bond the edges of the floorboards together. Although effective, the glues could be messy and lost their tackiness over time. Also, this method included an extra step where an additional rubber sealant would be used over the cracks in order to prevent moisture from seeping in. Newer laminate choices use a tongue-and-groove installation method that allows the floorboards to interlock with each other like a puzzle. This method is simple and efficient and has the boards "floating" over the underlayment. To add to the ease of installation, laminate can be installed just about anywhere, including over existing floors and above or below grade applications, such as basements. Hardwood on the other hand, can only be installed in above grade areas.
Armstrong likes to tout their SwiftLock laminate flooring which, like Quick Step laminate flooring, is marketed on ease of installation. Both companies seem to be betting on lots of people peforming their own laminate floor installation. Pergo is quite proud of their walnut laminate flooring, though their maple laminate flooring is also quite popular. Because of the myriad of choices available to them, buyers often become confused when trying to pick the correct laminate floor for their needs. AC Ratings and various groove and tongue systems make decisions even harder. As laminate floors have not been around for all that long, the options will surely expand and become even more confusing as time goes by. No matter how complicated it gets, though, there will always be someone willing to attempt their own laminate flooring installation.