Laminate flooring services differ from other laminate flooring companies in that laminate flooring services install and repair the laminate flooring products of trademark companies. Many laminate flooring companies offer training to laminate flooring contractors specific to their product. Finding a contractor who's certified in laminate flooring services for your specific floor can help guarantee you get what you're looking for. You can choose to install your laminate flooring yourself, but this can be a hassle for many homeowners and will frequently lead to an inferior installation.
Laminate Floor Installation
Laminate flooring is a floating floor meaning it's not bonded to the subfloor beneath it. This is important to allow for the natural expanding and contracting of the laminate material; it needs to breathe. Individual planks are assembled together in some kind of tongue-and-groove application. Each manufacturer may have a different interlocking system (several companies have patented theirs). Boundaries and edging can require an extra touch to achieve a superior installation. If you install your laminate flooring on your own and you do it incorrectly, you may end up nullifying the warranty on your laminate flooring. Laminate flooring services will make sure your installation is of superior quality, as hassle-free as possible, and going to give you a durable floor for many years to come.
Laminate Flooring Problems and Repair
Peaking This occurs in laminate flooring when the planks get pushed together creating raised joints. If the planks were incorrectly glued to the subfloor, this is common, although inadequate space between the flooring edge and the wall can also cause this problem. Glue is a serious problem, but laminate flooring can be easily re-edged to create more space from walls.
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Water/Moisture Damage Excessive moisture or exposure to water can sometimes cause buckling. You'll need to remove the source of the problem and replace any badly damaged planks. Moisture can also lead to mold or mildew. This can lead to hiring a mold remediation contractor to get rid of the mold.
Gapping Laminate planks can sometimes pull away from each other if the room temperature drops too low. Remember to keep rooms at a reasonable temperature in the winter even if you're not using that room. Cold temperatures can also lead to other problems, such as damaged pipes.
Choosing Laminate Flooring
Talking to a general laminate flooring services contractor can be a valuable resource to help you choose your laminate flooring. They've likely seen nearly every product available and will be able to give some idea of the advantages and disadvantages of each laminate flooring manufacturer's product. Tell this contractor what you want and they can order it for you and then install it, killing two birds with one laminate stone.