Laminate flooring is one of the flooring options that Ray offers his clients. If you have a concrete floor and want a hardwood flooring look, laminate flooring is a good solution.
Laminate Flooring Installation Process
Step One: Acclimate the Product
Laminate floors need to be acclimated before the installation process can begin.
Step 2: Install Moisture Barrier
The moisture barrier keeps water from the concrete from soaking through to the actual laminate flooring. Ray uses 3mm-6mm moisture barrier for all of his jobs, depending on the flooring product manufacturer’s recommendations. The moisture barrier goes directly onto the concrete subfloor.
Step 3: Install Laminate Flooring Padding
Next, the padding goes on top of the moisture barrier, if it is not attached to the laminate flooring itself. This padding makes it into a “floating” floor.
Step 4: Install the Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring goes on top of the padding
Advantages of a floating laminate flooring
As with all things related to flooring, there are advantages and disadvantages of installing laminate flooring.
- Some of the advantages of laminate flooring include the following:
- If you live in an area with high differences in humidity, installing a floating floor will make your flooring last longer.
- Laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood. Ray currently installs laminate flooring for $2.00/sq ft.
- There is no sanding or staining for laminate flooring, which again helps keep the price down.
Ray recommends that you not install laminate flooring in area that get wet frequentily, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Disadvantages of Laminate Flooring
- Some of the disadvatages of laminate flooring include the following:
- The “feel” of the floor is generally not as nice as hardwood
- Most people prefer the look of hardwood flooring over laminate flooring
- The life of a laminate floor is shorter than hardwood
- Changing the look of a hardwood floor can be done with sanding and staining. This is not the case with laminate flooring.