Laminate Flooring FAQsSearching for the right laminate flooring can be a bit overwhelming, especially when there are other variables to consider such as floor traffic from wheelchairs, scooters, and other mobility devices. These variables can put extra weight and stress on the layers and joints of the laminate flooring. Below are some frequently asked questions about this type of situation.
1. Can laminate flooring support traffic from wheelchairs?There are many different types of laminate floors that are used for a variety of different reasons. The types of laminate floors that are suitable to use for wheelchair traffic have a high AC rating, strong overall construction (especially the joints), and good warranties. These factors help support the extra weight and keep the floors looking new.
2. Is there a warranty that comes with laminate flooring?Every brand and product line comes with its own warranty. Warranties differ depending on what the floor is designed to do and where the floor is going to be installed. For example, commercial warranties are much shorter than residential warranties because there is far more traffic on commercial flooring. Before you purchase any laminate flooring, make sure you get information on the length of the warranty, what it covers, and any other important stipulations that come with it.
3. Is laminate flooring easy to install?Most laminate floors are much easier to install compared to traditional hardwood floors, ceramic floors, and vinyl floors. Leading brands such as Alloc and Quick Step have technology that makes installing the floors easy and quick.
4. What kind of laminate flooring is best for my business?There is a variety of laminate flooring that is great for commercial use. Some products Bestlaminate recommends include Alloc Commercial, Alloc Commercial Stone, Alloc Original, Quick Step Classic, and Quick Step Eligna. For more information on these floors, visit the Recommended Products page
5. What do I need to know when installing laminate flooring?The first tip seems obvious; follow the instructions! Another point to remember is that if the laminate floors are not installed correctly, it may void any warranty. This means any damage or defects that occur within the warranty timeframe may not get reimbursement. If you follow the instructions and contact an expert with any questions, your floors should turn out just as expected. Bestlaminate always has experts on hand, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them!
6. Are there a variety of designs?Designs vary from brand to brand, but most product lines have plenty of different colors, textures, and finishes to match most any décor.
7. What are some problems wheelchairs or mobility scooters can cause on flooring?These types of mobility devices put more stress on floors than normal foot traffic. Problems that can occur include wear on the finish, staining, fading, alteration of flooring sections, and a more rapid decrease in overall appearance. Laminate floors help protect against this by having a more durable construction compared to other types of floors. Some flooring, like the Alloc HPL products, even have a moisture resistant overlay and wax impregnated edges to protect against water damage.
8. What are characteristics I should look for when shopping for laminate flooring that will get a high amount of traffic from wheelchairs?Some important aspects to take into consideration include a high AC rating, a good warranty that will cover most any problems that may occur, strong joint construction, and a sturdy underlayment. Although these are all of the characteristics that need to be taken into consideration, they are some of the most important.
9. What is the cleaning process for laminate floors?Laminate flooring is generally very easy to clean; a quick dust or wipe-down usually does the trick. For more information on cleaning a specific floor, contact an expert at Bestlaminate.
10. What is an AC rating and what AC rating should be used with traffic from mobility devices?An AC rating is an industry standard that helps consumers choose the right type of laminate floor for their home or business. The AC rating gauges the durability and resistance a laminate product has. Homes or businesses that get a decent amount of mobility device traffic should usually be equipped with laminate floors that have a rating of AC5 or higher.
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