Trafficmaster Laminate Flooring

Trafficmaster laminate flooring uses the popular click and lock method of installation. You fit the pieces together like a puzzle and they lock into place. Laminate floors don’t need to be screwed, nailed or glued. The locking pieces fit seamlessly together and look like real hardwood, if that is the style you have chosen. Laminate floors also come in slate and stone styles, although hardwood is definitely the most popular choice with most people. There’s just nothing like the traditional warmth of wood.

Wood floors are beautiful — there’s no doubt about it. However, they are a real pain to install. Once they’ve been installed, they must be maintained if you want them to look their best. This means using a floor machine on a regular basis and waxing often. Eventually, wood floors need refinished to make them look as good as new. Laminate floors, on the other hand, look first-day new years after installation. Laminate floors retain their shine thanks to space age coatings that not only add sheen but protect against damage.

Trafficmaster laminate flooringThis type of laminate floors are designed to stand up under heavy foot traffic. It consists of four layers, each of which provides durability. The inside of the flooring is crafted from fiberboard which helps absorb sound and adds stability. The outer layers are designed to keep out moisture and keep the floor from getting damaged. Unlike wood floors, keeping your laminate floors in top condition is quick and easy. A sweep and damp mop is all that’s required to keep laminate flooring looking like new. If you’ve decided that laminate floors are right for you, the next step is deciding what color and pattern you like best.

Trafficmaster laminate flooring is available in a variety of great styles. You will find selections like beautiful oak, pine and cherry. There are even some exotic woods. For a breezy look, consider a bamboo style floor which can really open up a room. If you’re not sure which color will look best, go to your local home improvement store and view some samples. Home Depot carries a wide variety of flooring choices including Trafficmaster. It also can be purchased online but when you go this route it is harder to obtain samples.

Dupont Laminate Flooring – A Variety of Styles

Dupont is a company that we still commonly associate with carpeting. Though they still make quality carpets, Dupont has branched out into the production of laminate flooring. Dupont laminate flooring is available in a variety of wood-like styles and textures. In addition, Dupont laminate floors have several unique features.

All too often, realistic looking laminate floors fail the touch test. The feel of laminate is different from the slightly rougher texture of wood. Dupont has found a way to texture their laminate flooring so that it has the look and feel of real wood. The illusion is then complete – you will have the most wood-like laminate floor available. In addition, the textured nature of Dupont floors adds interest to how the surface looks.

Like other laminate floors, Dupont floors are available in a variety of colors and styles. Dupont’s beveled planks and panels ensure that the pieces of the floor fit together seamlessly when they are installed.

Dupont floors can be installed over any pre-existing surface, as long as it is level. Often, a special under-layer is installed underneath the floor to reduce noise. For apartment dwellers, this can make a laminate floor as quiet as wall-to-wall carpeting. Finally, the Dupont floor is treated with a special floor guard that can greatly increase the durability of your laminate floor.

 

 

Laminate Flooring Review

Laminate floors were first introduced to the United States consumer market in 1982. After being used exclusively in homes throughout Europe for decades, laminate quickly became a favorite choice for commercial and residential use in the US. The popularity of laminate flooring is due to fact that it retains its value and it is generally less expensive than other traditional types of flooring such as tile, marble, stone or hardwood.
Today, there are many styles of laminate flooring available to choose from in a variety of patterns, widths and designs. Laminate flooring can be purchased online from specialty dealers, wholesale liquidators, outlet stores and home improvement stores.
laminate flooringThe creation of laminate flooring involves a distinct process, which produces two different types of laminate finishes, Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) and High Pressure Laminate (HPL). Direct Pressure Laminate and High Pressure Laminate, are both manufactured to a high quality finish for use in DIY home improvement projects and for professional new installation.
As the terminology suggest Direct Pressure Laminate and High Pressure Laminate has a lot to do with how laminate flooring is manufactured. DPL is manufactured in a process that creates multiple layers, for a minimum of five layers while HPL is comprised up three layers, which are treated separately and fused together.
Which one is best for you? Well, it depends on what type of environment that you are planning to install the laminate flooring in, if it is for a place of business or in a high traffic area in a commercial environment. Then High Pressure Laminate is best, and it’s available in AC4 grade for professional use.
For residential use, aesthetics are important. If you want laminate flooring for a home that you intend to reside in for a substantial length of time, then your best choice is the High Pressure Laminate product. If you want a product for entry ways, kitchens and living rooms that is visually appealing and easy to care for, then the Direct Pressure Laminate is best. Direct Pressure Laminates can be used for new installation or for home improvement to upgrade an existing floor with a new modern look.
The DPL method is the more versatile type of laminate flooring because it can be made to look like traditional flooring with intricate designs and textured patterns such as ceramic, tile, stone, cork and hardwood. HPL is the more durable type of laminate flooring because it consists of much harder and thicker layers, it is perfectly suited for commercial use or in areas where a great deal of wear and tear on the floor is anticipated.
For the best results for the DIY home enthusiasts, it is necessary to have a good idea what you want your laminate floor to look like, prior to purchasing the supplies. Read a laminate flooring review to understand what installation costs are involved and if you are ordering online, request samples of the laminate flooring product that you are thinking about installing, to get an impression about the weight and quality of laminate products, watch instructional videos, webinars and read instructional books to learn about what specific tools are necessary. If you are planning on doing a full installation by yourself, some of the others factors to consider before making a determination as to what type of flooring to select are: Where is the laminate flooring going to be used? And how long will the flooring be in place?
A prerequisite for DIY installation and for professional installation is to consider if laminate is the right choice of flooring for you. Start out by examining the pros and cons of laminate flooring.

Laminate Flooring Pros and Cons

Pros of laminate flooring

• Economical
• Low maintenance
• Easy assembly
• Attractive and durable
• Scratch, dent, stain and fade resistant
• Extended warranties available for up to 30 years

Cons of laminate flooring

• Susceptible to water damage
• Can crack and swell when exposed to direct sunlight and excessive UV light
• Not suitable for high moisture environments such as bathrooms and kitchens
• If improperly installed, floors can click or make a hollow sound
• Cannot be refinished or painted
• Difficult to spot repair, if damaged the entire floor must be replaced
• Laminate flooring doesn’t work well with heated floors; damage may occur that is not covered
Another important consideration when it comes to purchasing and installing laminate flooring is daily maintenance. Usually laminate flooring is built tough and it a durable product, which looks beautiful for years, when properly, cleaned and maintained.
But what happens if there’s a problem with the flooring and it does need repairing? Well, it depends if the laminate flooring was a do-it-yourself application or a professional install. The best protection for laminate flooring that is installed in high traffic areas, regardless of commercial or residential use is to purchase an extended warranty.
An extended warranty differs from a regular manufacturer warranty. The main difference is that the extended warranty usually applies to the life of the product. Under normal conditions, laminate flooring can still look like new 5-10 years after installation. But with heavy traffic conditions it’s best to extend the life of the product to 10 to 30 years by purchasing a warranty to cover damage or product replacement. Some of the top manufacturers of laminate flooring that offer warranties are:
1. Armstrong
2. DuPont
3. Empire
4. Formica
5. Mannington
6. Mohawk
7. Prego
In addition to guaranteed lifetime warranties, warranties are 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. Generally for residential properties, 15 year warranties are available.
In order for the manufacturer to honor the terms of the original warranty, you must follow the manufacturer’s instruction regarding installation, care and maintenance. There are some manufacturers that provide limited lifetime warranties for residential and light commercial use, however, installation costs are not covered.

Laminate Flooring Warranties does not cover the following

Deliberate misuse
Improper installation
Shoddy workmanship
Does not cover abnormal wear and tear
Damages from natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods
Shipping damages prior to installation, caused by abuse in transit
Planks that come apart because they were improperly glued together

Laminate Flooring Warranties does cover the following

Manufacture defects or defective planks
Structural breakdown of planks from normal use
In general laminate flooring is durable and with normal use and proper maintenance, it looks good for a maximum of 15 years. After 15 years, the floor may lose some of its luster, depending upon the texture and pattern that’s selected for installation. But, after this amount of time, usually the flooring will need to updated, upgraded or replaced.
For heavy traffic areas or commercial use, generally it is a good idea to replace laminate flooring after 5 years. Although, extended warranties cover the product for a period up to 30 years, not many people keep the same flooring for that amount of time.
All laminate flooring is manufactured according to rigid standards as established by the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). When purchasing laminate flooring for DIY projects from a flooring liquidator or from a wholesale flooring distributor, it’s a good idea to always look for the NALFA seal of approval.