When installing laminate flooring, it is important to remember to protect your floor from your furniture. Many homeowners have pianos, and a common concern is if laminate flooring can support the weight of a piano without any damage. In general, laminate flooring can support a piano, 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. Laminate flooring is a floating floor, and it is critical to ensure that your piano will not pin down the laminate and prevent it from floating. When your laminate is pinned, this will prevent your floor from contracting and expanding with temperature changes, and can lead to buckling and damage to the locking 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 the flooring, 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 beneath the legs. With a piano, we recommend using protective coasters designed specifically from pianos. There are many protector options on the market, and we recommend purchasing a product designed specifically for your type of flooring, and your type of piano. The protectors beneath the legs of your piano will help to disburse the weight to prevent any denting, scratching or even damage to the subfloor below. It will also keep the piano in place, which is ideal for the laminate flooring joints. Lastly, we recommend hiring a professional to move the piano into and out of the room to avoid damage.
The biggest concern with a heavy object is pinning your laminate to the subfloor. 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 flooring option for your piano.
If you have any questions about your specific piano application, give one of our flooring specialists a call.