Our customers have a wide range of talents, including many pianists! Due to the weight of pianos, we often get asked “Can laminate support the weight of a piano”? It certainly can, but there’s a few things to keep in mind:
1. Durability and Stability
A thicker flooring with a higher AC rating will be your best bet when choosing a laminate for a piano room. The thicker the floor, the more sturdy the laminate flooring. The higher the AC rating, the more durable it will be. AC4, AC5, and AC6 rating flooring is tested to be commercial grade, which can withstand high foot traffic and constant pressure on the surface.
2. Locking System
With heavy objects, the direct pressure can affect the strength of the locking system. The piano’s vibrations can also pose a risk for gaping between the locking system. Alloc brand laminate flooring has a patented aluminum locking system is an ideal option for this type of application. It’s patented technology uses an aluminum system for a stronger joint than the traditional laminate tongue and groove system.
3. Special Installation Option
If the piano is over 500 pounds, you may want plan out a special installation for your grand piano. Installing a laminate “island” for just the piano can help protect a whole room’s installation, especially if it is a larger room. An “island” refers to a section of laminate that is installed with moldings around the edges and flows into the rest of the room, therefore creating an island for the piano that is reinforced on all sides.
With any piece of furniture over a laminate, we always recommend to place felt pads underneath the legs. With a piano, we recommend using the rubber coasters specifically for pianos. The rubber discs will help to disburse the weight of the legs and/or wheels to prevent any denting, scratching or even damage to the subfloor below. It will also keep the piano in place, which is safer for the laminate flooring joints. Lastly, we recommend hiring a professional to move the piano into and out of the room to avoid damages.
The biggest concern with a heavy object is the limiting of the flooring to expand. With direct pressure on the joints and planks, this can cause buckling if expansion and contraction is blocked. Pianos under 500 pounds should be fine over a properly installed laminate floor. With a floating floor, it is important to stagger joints and properly place transition moldings. If the room is larger than 30′ in any direction, the flooring will need a transition piece to maintain flooring stability. With these things in mind, go ahead and enjoy a newly renovated piano room to play in! Laminate is a great option for under a grand piano.
If you have any questions about your specific piano application, give one of our flooring specialists a call.