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Robinetta Fevre Laminate Flooring August 02, 2018 01:09:47
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.
Whichever installation method you choose, you can install laminate quickly, completing a whole flooring project in one weekend. This is much easier than the hammering and nailing that goes into hardwood floors, which is a more labor-intensive procedure that generally requires the assistance of professional floor installation companies. Another criticism of laminate was that it didn`t leave much time for spills to be cleaned up, as water would seep in between the seams. These unexpected spills would cause the floors to buckle, thus damaging their natural appearance. With improvements to the laminate and subflooring, this is no longer an issue. As long as spills are cleaned up promptly and aren`t left to sit, the flooring will remain intact. This makes laminate an appropriate option for bathrooms and kitchens where spills are commonplace. For added protection in these areas of the home, it`s recommended that light dabs of glue are added to the tongue of the planks.