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What Does Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring Mean?

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Dear James, Direct pressure signifies the type of pressure used when making the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is made using four main layers. The protective layer The decorative layer The inner layer The backing layer To create a plank, these four layers must be pressed together with enough pressure to turn them into one piece of flooring. There are two …

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Is Vinyl or Laminate Flooring Better?

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Dear Lexie, Both laminate and vinyl make high-quality, exceptional floors. Both look great, are durable, and will last you for years to come. Both are affordable. With quality, design, and price so similar, it’s time to dig into the details and determine which one is the best fit for your room. As you try to find that perfect next floor …

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Should I Get Floating or Glue Down Flooring?

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Dear Erica, For years, glue down or nail down flooring was the only way to install floors. For some types of flooring, such as carpet, this is still true. Without glue or nails, it’s normal to wonder how the floor will remain secured to the subfloor and free of movement under your feet. Glue Down Floors Traditionally, glue down floors …

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How do I Choose the Color of Laminate Flooring?

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Dear Rebecca, Choosing your floor coloring is a big decision. Unlike paint, once you choose your floor coloring, it’s harder to change over time. For this reason, we encourage you to start planning your room décor by choosing the floor coloring first. Here are a few questions to ask while choosing the right flooring for your home. What is the …

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What Is Pergo Laminate Flooring?

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Dear Samantha, Pergo has a fascinating spot in the laminate flooring industry. In fact, Pergo is the company that invented laminate floors! Starting back as early as 1881, a Swedish company began refining beach wood using a special process. This process quickly caught on and in 1923, Perstorp Industrial Group used the laminate materials created by the Swedish company Stensmoella …

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Is 7mm or 8mm Laminate Flooring More Durable?

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Dear Letricia, The thickness of your flooring describes how “tall” the flooring is with all four of its core layers: The base layer The wood The decorative layer The protective layer The difference between 7mm and 8mm laminate flooring is very slight but it can make a difference depending on where your flooring is used. Usually for higher traffic areas, …

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What is a Laminate Flooring AC Rating?

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Dear Megan, Before you buy something as long lasting as flooring, the manufacturers want to be sure they send you something that’ll last. To do this, they run each type of flooring through a series of vigorous tests. When they’re finished, they determine how durable each plank is and assign an AC rating based on those results. When shopping for …

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What is Wear Layer for Flooring?

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Dear Veronica, Congratulations on your new flooring project! Laminate flooring is one of the strongest, most durable types of flooring on the market. That has a lot to do with the way it is manufactured and the wear layer. Laminate floors are made up of four different sections. When they are manufactured, each of these four sections is pressed firmly …

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Is Laminate Flooring Toxic?

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Dear Lindsey, Congratulations on your bundle of joy! It makes sense that you want to install only the safest materials in your home. Flooring in general has gotten quite a bit of publicity about its level of toxicity. Parents recently found that carpet can contain toxins in the glue and padding. It is also known for being bad on allergy …

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What Is Floating Vinyl Flooring?

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Dear Hannah, Congratulations on starting your new project! To give you the best definition of the term “floating vinyl flooring,” I’ll break it up into a few different sections. Floating When a manufacturer or contractor says that a floor “floats” it means that it does not sit directly on top of the subfloor. Your subfloor is wood or concrete. Putting …

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