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When Do I Need to Use a Transition Molding?

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Dear Randy, This is a great question. The need for a transition piece can be confusing in rooms with unique sizes and shapes. As a rule, we recommend using transitional molding in any room that is larger than 30 feet in width without any obstructions. Without this, the stability and strength of your floors are in jeopardy. You are installing a …

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Installing Underlayment With Laminate Flooring on Stairs

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Dear Elaine, Great question! Underlayment is usually such a crucial part of laminate flooring installations, but when it comes to your staircase, you can leave your underlayment behind. When you install laminate flooring on your stairs, you must glue the planks to the thread and riser. You cannot use the click and lock installation method for this type of install. …

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The Pros and Cons of Engineered Hardwood and Laminate

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Dear Sandy, You’re making one of the toughest flooring choices homeowners have to make today – deciding between engineered hardwood and laminate flooring. Engineered hardwood is nice because it has a top layer of real hardwood flooring without the intensive maintenance and tricky care. Laminate is also ideal because it’s so durable and still offers the same aesthetic look as …

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How to Dispose of Laminate Flooring

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Dear Chuck, Congratulations on your new floors! We’ve found that there’s always a huge sense of accomplishment after finishing up a flooring project. The last step – disposing of the mess – isn’t something you have to worry about. Laminate flooring is made of 80% wood. That means that much of it can be recycled. Before you start filling your …

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The STILE House: Choosing Cost-Effective, Eco-Friendly and Durable Flooring

Just like anyone else shopping for flooring, the WVU-UTV team had a variety of needs that the flooring needed to meet for the Solar Decathlon Competition. The hard part? There were more than 10 people weighing in on the final decision! Oh, and the home is being built in WVU, torn down, shipped to California and then re-built. Talk about a unique situation! …

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10 Best Beach Inspired Floors We Love

When you step into a house on the beach, you immediately know you’re in a whole different world. The rooms are open and airy, the furniture is casual and functional, and the colors are light and whimsical. Everything from the ceiling fans to the flooring is designed to match this single theme. What Defines a “Coastal” Floor? White or whitewashed floors …

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Where Can I Find Emissions and Safety Certificates for Laminate Flooring?

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Dear Susan, The news stories are certainly frightening, but you’re right – most laminate flooring is very safe. In fact, laminate flooring is one of the safest types of flooring you can install in your home. You’re smart to want to review the emissions and safety certificates before you make a purchase. This is the best way to be 100% …

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Is Laminate Flooring Safe for My Family?

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Dear Michelle, When you see the recent headlines that have made their way into the news, it’s normal to feel worried. Formaldehyde emissions aren’t something you can see or smell, yet when they’re strong, they’re dangerous to your health. In spite of the headlines, we want to assure you that the vast majority of laminate flooring is safe! Laminate flooring …

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What is E1 in European Emissions Standards?

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Dear Staci, Much attention has fallen on where and how laminate flooring is made, and rightfully so. With Lumber Liquidators pulling several laminate floors from their stock due to uncovered safety risks, many consumers worry about how this popular flooring is made. Flooring made in China, in particular, seems to be the culprit, with manufacturing standards not being completely followed. …

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Is Laminate the Same as Engineered Wood?

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Dear Diane, There are so many ways that flooring is manufactured. Keeping up with it all is not easy. Laminate and engineered wood floors are both very popular alternatives to hardwood floor, but they are not created equal. Although they are made from similar materials, they have key differences that make one option better than the other depending on where …

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