Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring evolved out of flooring products created in Scandinavia in the 1980ʼs and moved into the North American market in the 1990ʼs.

Laminate flooring is composed of a top wear layer, a pattern layer and one or two very dense, rigid layers that provide impact resistance and connection points for the flooring system. These layers consist of an engineered wood product, and are susceptible to swelling when exposed to moisture. Most new laminates include some type of moisture sealant to protect against moisture penetration. Although it is often designed to look like hardwood flooring, it is now available in finishes that resemble ceramic tile and resilient flooring patterns.

Laminate flooring is considered to be more stable than solid hardwood flooring and offers homeowners a hard surface option for locations where solid hardwood would not be recommended. While laminate flooring is generally very hard wearing, it can still chip. If chipped, laminate floors cannot be sanded and refinished as with solid hardwood flooring.

Laminate Flooring Sections are Swelled


Laminates are installed in such a way that they can accommodate expansion. Often referred to as ʻfloating floorsʼ, deflection can sometimes be felt when walking across them. This is normal.

Water should never be allowed to stand on laminate flooring because laminate flooring layers do contain manufactured wood products. Wood in any form is always subject to swelling, stretching and shrinkage when exposed to high levels of humidity or fluids. If your laminate flooring has swelled due to exposure to water, contact the supplier to arrange for a professional repair, or follow the manufacturerʼs recommendations forcleaning.

General Maintenance

Laminate floors are designed to be relatively maintenance free. You may sweep, vacuum or use a damp mop with water and a cleaning product approved by the manufacturer. Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners or scouring pads on your laminate floors. Wax, polish, sand or lacquers should not be used on laminate floors. Contact the manufacturer for stains caused by paint, adhesive, asphalt, oil, etc. Never use a steam cleaner on a laminate floor.