Although still fairly new to the commercial market, heavy duty laminate flooring is beginning to stake its claim as the heavy-duty, high-wear floor of choice for the future. Manufacturers have recently realized the benefit in upgrading the durability of their laminate for residential homes, making this kind of flooring not only excellent for industrial use but for daily home use as well.
Three Reasons to Choose Heavy-Duty Laminate
1) Resiliency: Whether you’re looking for residential or commercial laminate flooring, both products do a really good job of resisting daily wear and tear: stains, fading, scratches, cigarette burns, and even small abrasions aren’t usually an issue. Heavy-duty laminate resists these typical problems, which ensures that you won’t have to be fixing it up or replacing the flooring in the near future.
2) Variety: Depending on what you’re using the laminate floor for, you probably want a different look for each area. This flooring is available in everything from faux marble to different stone looks, to a full selection of wood grains and shading. For commercial businesses or large homes looking to place laminate in a bigger area, most suppliers will be perfectly willing to design custom colors and patterns for a reasonable cost.
3) Budget-Friendly: Putting in a brand new wood floor, or replacing the floor with stone or high-quality ceramic tiles can be extremely costly. For that matter, the maintenance is much more demanding, and discoloration can be an issue, especially for wood floors. Not only does heavy-duty laminate flooring look just as good, but it’s easier to take care of.
What’s the Benefit For You?
It’s Fast! Laminate flooring is quick to install. For commercial establishments, this is key – the faster a floor is replaced, the better. Most businesses can’t afford to be shut down while flooring is installed, so the quicker it can go in, the better it is for business. For residential homes, it can often be stressful to live in a place where the floors are being ripped up and replaced for a week or more. Laminate flooring is a quick solution to this problem.
For that matter, installation doesn’t have to be done by a professional, which can save even more money. It’s a simple, straightforward process to install a floating laminate floor, since most laminate pieces have connectors or interlocking pieces that allow them to stick together instantly.
Installing Heavy-Duty Laminate Flooring
First, choose either glue, pre-glued, or no glue installation. Remove all furniture from the room where installation will take place. Then remove the existing flooring – but it’s worthwhile to note that laminate can be installed overtop all other flooring except carpet. You might need to lay down a piece of foam in between the base and the flooring, though check with the manufacturer first to see if this is necessary.
As you lay down the floor, leave small gaps between the floor and the walls, so that the floor can expand and contract as needed. The baseboards will hide this, so don’t worry about aesthetics.
If you’ve decided to install without glue, simply click the flooring pieces together and repeat as needed until the floor is covered. If you’re using glue, the pieces will need to be glued together instead of snapped into place, but the layout is still the same.
Special fillers may be required to get the spacing just right, but the pieces will stick together very well in the end. For pre-glued laminate, activate the pre-glued pieces with a damp sponge, and place down the floor.
Allow all flooring to sit for at least 24 hours, and you’re done.