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Laminate floors mimic wood, tile and stone. A laminate floor is comprised of several thin layers of different materials. The visual is actually a computer-generated picture. Most laminates have a plastic backing, a wood based core, and a heavy finish consisting of multiple layers of melamine (a hard plastic coating) with aluminum oxide added for better wear and scratch resistance.

What are the advantages/disadvantages to doing laminate rather than real hardwood?

An advantage of a laminate is that it is very easy to maintain. Laminates are very scratch and indentation resistant and are perfect for busy, active households, especially homes with pets. One of the disadvantages of laminate floors is that some of the floors do not look or sound exactly like a real hardwood or tile floor, although some laminates (especially the higher end products) can fool an expert!

Can I wax /refinish a laminate floor?

No. There is no reason to ever wax a laminate floor. Once you wax a floor, the maintenance required increases considerably. You also cannot refinish a laminate floor. However, you can repair the laminate floor as well as replace planks or sections as needed.

What does a floating floor mean?

A floating floor is one that is not attached directly to the subfloor. Panels are attached to each other and are installed over a pad. The floor is held in place by gravity, shoemold, and transitions. All laminates are floating floor systems.

Will a laminate hold up well to children and pets?

Yes. All of the brands we carry have great stain and wear warranties.

Do laminate floors scratch or dent easily?

No. The many layers of melamine on the surface and the thick, dense core prevent the floor from scratching and denting easily.

Can I install a laminate in my bathroom?

Yes. Most styles are warranted for full use bathrooms. However, some styles with beveled edges and some entry-level styles do not have moisture warranties and are not recommended for full use bathrooms.

How do you maintain a laminate floor? What type of vacuum cleaner should I use?

Maintenance on a laminate floor is simple--just sweep, dust mop, or damp mop with the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar or hard head on laminate floors. The vacuum head should be brush or felt; a wand attachment is preferable.

What rooms are people putting laminate floors in?

Laminate floors are most often being used in the kitchen and eating areas. More people are doing entire homes due to the stylish looks and easy maintenance.
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How much does a typical kitchen cost?

A typical kitchen (300 square feet) can run anywhere from $1,700.00 to $3,000.00.

What is floor prep?

Floor prep is anything that needs to be done to your existing subfloor to prepare for your installation. This includes and is not limited to leveling and making sure the subfloor is structurally sound.

How level does my floor need to be?

It is very important in a laminate installation for the subfloor to be level. All manufacturers have requirements as to subfloor leveling that we must adhere to in order for your floor to be warranted. Leveling will be assessed during your In-Home Estimate.

Which should I do first, paint or the new floor?

Do your floors first. A reputable painter will not have any problems protecting and not damaging your brand new floors. By doing the painting last, you don’t have to worry about touch-up painting, painting your primed shoemold, etc.

What is the difference between Pergo and other brands?

Pergo is one of the best known of the many brands of laminate floors. Pergo has become a generic name for laminate flooring, like “Kleenex” tissues and “Xerox” copies. Pergo does not make all laminates. Enhance Floors carries many quality laminates made by companies such as Armstrong, Mohawk and Quick Step.

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