Laminate: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers

01. What is Laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a wood-based floating floor that mimics the visuals of real wood, tile or stone.
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02. What is an AC Rating?

An AC rating is a common term used to indicate the abrasion resistance of laminate flooring. These ratings were developed by an independent body known as the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF). The higher the AC rating, the more resistant the lamiante flooring is to surface wear.
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03. How durable are laminate floors?

Laminate flooring is long-lasting and highly durable with a wear resistant surface overlay. Laminate floors will hold up for residential applications and options are available that are even durable enough for commercial spaces.
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04. What is the difference between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring?

Both laminate flooring and hardwood flooring are made of wood but are fundamentally different. Solid hardwood is wood in its natural form, cut and finished to be installed as a floor. Laminate floors are constructed using refined wood fibers that are compressed together. Laminate flooring is engineered to have excellent wear properties where wood flooring is limited to the natural values of the wood.
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05. Can you place heavy items such as cabinets, tubs or vanities on top of laminate flooring?

It is important that laminate flooring to be able to expand and contract freely. Therefore, laminate floors should be cut to fit around heavy objects such as a bathtub, vanity, kitchen counter island, etc. Please see the installation instructions and warranty for more details.
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06. Should laminate floors be acclimated?

Yes, laminate floors may require acclimation to the temperature of the room prior to beginning installation. Please see the installation instructions for more details.
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07. Can laminate floors be installed over radiant heat systems?

Yes, laminate floors can be installed over a radiant heating system. Please see the installation instructions for more details.
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08. Is an underlayment required for laminate flooring installation?

Yes, underlayment is required for laminate flooring installation. Please see the installation instructions for more details.
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09.Why should I work from multiple boxes during my laminate flooring installation?

AC stands for Abrasion Class and is a wear rating that has been standardized by NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association). The AC rating measure the abrasion resistance of the floor which determines how well the floor will withstand day to day wear. The AC rating generally ranges from 1 to 5. AC 3 is the industry standard for everyday residential use. AC 4 and AC 5 are considered commercial for heavier traffic areas.
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