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When will I need to use a moisture barrier when installing laminate flooring?

When will I need to use a moisture barrier when installing laminate flooring?

All laminate flooring requires an underlayment to allow the floor to float and give the locking system its strength. Sometimes the underlayment is already attached for you, but you may hear the term moisture or vapor barrier when installing laminate flooring. You may be wondering if you will need to use a moisture barrier. Depending on your subfloor and project, you ... Read More »

What is the Best Laminate Flooring for a Kitchen?

What is the Best Laminate Flooring for a Kitchen?

Dear Jennifer, Congratulations on your home remodel! Laminate flooring in your kitchen is a great choice, but there are special considerations you should consider when purchasing laminate flooring for a kitchen! The Best Laminate Flooring For A Kitchen Keep in mind, laminate flooring is not waterproof. There are special laminates that have properties that can help with kitchen accidents. When deciding ... Read More »

What is the History of Laminate Flooring?

What is the History of Laminate Flooring?

Dear Bruce, You might be surprised to learn that laminate flooring is a relatively new type of flooring. In the beginning, laminate was used primarily on countertops. This was because the material is so durable against scratches and moisture. As the material became increasingly popular, it was developed into flooring. The History of Laminate Flooring The first laminate flooring was created ... Read More »

What is Click Vinyl Plank Flooring?

What is Click Vinyl Plank Flooring?

Click vinyl plank flooring is an engineered, floating vinyl floor. This means that click vinyl plank flooring will work in many areas of your home. Mudrooms, bathrooms, and entry ways are no longer off limits when it comes to getting a beautiful wood-look in those areas of your home. Vinyl plank flooring can be installed in those so called “wet” areas ... Read More »

What’s the Difference Between Laminate and Linoleum Flooring?

What’s the Difference Between Laminate and Linoleum Flooring?

Dear Sam, As a homeowner, you have a lot of choices in flooring – so many in fact that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Both laminate and linoleum are popular types of flooring by homeowners wanting to make an affordable, yet good looking update to the home. Knowing the differences between laminate and linoleum can help you ... Read More »

Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood: What’s Right for You?

Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood: What’s Right for You?

Dear Angela, With so many types of flooring out there to choose from, it’s no wonder you’re overwhelmed! There is a lot that goes into the decision about which flooring is best for you. To help simplify the process for you, here are some of the most important factors you should consider. Design The look of your new flooring is ... Read More »

Vinyl Flooring for Rental Properties?

Vinyl Flooring for Rental Properties?

Dear Derrik, Vinyl flooring is a great option for your rental! Vinyl flooring is perfect for homes and rental units for a variety of reasons. We’re happy to help weigh the pros and cons of having vinyl flooring in your rental property! The Best Vinyl For Rentals In truth, a rental is no different than a residential installation. This means that there is no “special ... Read More »

Can I Use Vinyl Plank Flooring on Top of Radiant Heating?

Can I Use Vinyl Plank Flooring on Top of Radiant Heating?

With technology advancing as it is today, one of the best inventions as of late is radiant heating! For those who don’t know what it is, radiant heating is a special type of heating that is placed underneath the flooring. The heat radiates through the flooring, making it warm on your feet. Many people love these floors in bathrooms and ... Read More »

Can I Use Underlayment Under Vinyl Flooring For Warmth?

Can I Use Underlayment Under Vinyl Flooring For Warmth?

Dear Sylvia, BRRR! Winters in Michigan don’t sound fun! We can understand why you would be concerned with warmth and insulation in any place you can get it. There is some good news and bad news when it comes to underlayment and vinyl flooring. No Thick Underlayment Under Vinyl Flooring Unfortunately, adding insulating underlayment under vinyl flooring will cause the flooring to be ... Read More »

Do I Have To Worry About Formaldehyde In Engineered Hardwoods?

Do I Have To Worry About Formaldehyde In Engineered Hardwoods?

Dear Elisia, While you don’t have to necessarily worry about formaldehyde in your engineered hardwood, you should be aware that there is formaldehyde in your engineered hardwood. We know that formaldehyde in your flooring can sound really scary, but unless the levels are above what the California Air Resource Board determined is safe, you have nothing to worry about. You can easily tell ... Read More »