Why Luxury Vinyl Tile?
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is an affordable waterproof wood-lock flooring option that has a great warmth and texture underfoot and installs with loose lay, glue-down, or click-together ease.
Today’s laminate looks so realistic, you’ll find yourself asking, “Is it laminate … or is it hardwood?”
It’s laminate, alright – the stylish result of continuing breakthroughs in modern technology and manufacturing methods. There are styles that convey the authentic look of wood or the classic appeal of ceramic tile.
Various shades and finishes allow you to choose the wood look down to the species, and now laminates are mimicking hardwood even more. Some laminates offer beveled, distressed, and highly textured options, giving your laminate floor not only the look of the hardwood, but the feel of it, too.
Laminates are inherently “green” because they use fewer resources and far less wood in their manufacture. Also, because they’re durable – some styles even offer 25-year warranties – you don’t have to replace laminate floors as often.
Consider laminate for a distinctive look that’s beautifully affordable … and affordably beautiful.
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Installation of Laminate
If you want a problem-free installation, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives:
- Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring, whether it’s you or the installer.
- Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or leave it to the installer. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
- Reminder! Your laminate should run parallel to windows, or to the longest wall. Added stability is achieved by installing laminate perpendicular to floor joists.
- Measure door clearances before you have your laminate installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub.
- Paint first! If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your laminate is installed.
To make your laminate flooring look good for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
- Current flooring – A professional installer will evaluate your floor and subfloor construction and will know whether to remove the existing flooring or install on top of it. If it’s removed, the installer knows how much preparation is needed for the subfloor.
- Moisture testing – Your installer will check for moisture in the subfloor to prevent later problems with buckling or cupping.
- Installation – Using the proper tools, the installer will cut and place the planks or tiles, maintaining a gap around the floor’s perimeter to allow for expansion.
- Room shape – A professional will know how to handle any challenges caused by room irregularities and odd or tight spaces, like cabinetry or a kitchen island.
It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation, and if you want help choosing a highly skilled professional installer. Just call 904-624-7002 to talk to a member of our friendly sales staff.
Care and Maintenance
For cleaning, follow these tips of what you SHOULD do:
- Use a damp cloth to blot spills and spots as soon as they happen. For tough spots such as oil, paint, markers, lipstick, ink, tar, or cigarette marks, use acetone/nail polish remover on a clean white cloth. Then, wipe with a damp cloth.
- Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt or grit that can scratch or the dull the floor finish.
- Occasionally wipe the floor with a damp mop or cloth.
- Periodically clean the floor with cleaning products made specifically for laminate floor care.
- For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
For cleaning, follow these tips of what you should NOT do:
- Do NOT use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.
- Do NOT wash or wet-mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.
- Do NOT use any type of buffing or polishing machine.
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