Buying Tips for Laminate Flooring
Why has this new product categorybeen such a hit?
Laminate products feature a newertype of wear surface that resists scratching, denting, and burns betterthan many existing products. They also offer extended product warrantiesto back up these claims for superior performance. Much of the styling is done in wood grain patterns taking advantage ofpopularity of hardwood. Still other styling resembles natural stone likeyou would find in ceramic tile. Laminates offer a popular trade-off forpeople wanting wood or ceramic. Laminate floors are more scratch resistantthan most regular hardwood finishes and easier to clean than the groutlines associated with ceramic tile installations. Laminates also requireless demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directlyto the subfloor. Most of these products are glued or snapped together overfoam padding. This feature has made laminate flooring popular in areaswhere vinyl flooring traditionally was installed. Customfloor design is also very easily done with products that offer planks andsquares that mix and match together.
Laminateflooring in wet areas
Many of the products are okayfor wet areas, but the core is made of wood fiber. Look for products thathave warranties, that cover water damage. All of them will insist on properinstallation.
Finishing touches areimportant
Look for products that can provide the neededaccessories like reducer strips, stairnose, and even air vents that eithermatch or coordinate with the flooring.
Buying Tips for Vinyl Flooring
The new generation of vinyl floors have new finishes, different construction and new types of backing. They are designed for better wear, clearer pattern definition, and easier to maintain and install. Manufacturers have gone primarily to cushioned products with wider widths to reduce the number of seams. New innovations in backing have made the today’s cushion vinyl floors more resistant to rips, tears and back staining. Most residential sheet flooring offer no-wax performance and a wide variety of colors and patterns–more than any other flooring product and generally speaking, cushion vinyl flooring is the most economical of all flooring choices.
Some products are designed to help you reduce subfloor preparation costs
Next to ceramic tile, vinyl flooring installation demands properly prepared subflooring. Most cushion vinyl products are thin and when they are installed with a full spread of adhesive over a poorly prepared subfloor, irregularities can telegraph through. New products designed for perimeter or loose lay installation will greatly reduce the effects of subfloor irregularities while lowering subfloor preparation costs. In fact, many of these products can be installed over you existing flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Products
Manufacturer’s have raised vinyl flooring to a whole new level when it comes to luxury vinyl product offerings. New technologies have led to greater realism in design and structures every bit as rugged as older inlaid products, and all of this without giving up the easy no-wax maintenance that is desired.
Special considerations when choosing sheet vinyl flooring
Beware of asphalt driveways as asphalt can react to certain conditions and transfer into the vinyl resulting in permanent staining. Be careful when moving or dragging heavy objects across the cushioned flooring as it often results in permanent damage to the surface.