We at Jack’s Tile and Carpet have in-house installers that have been working for solely for us for 20+ years. We guarantee that your laminate installation will be above any expectation that you may have. Our installers are bonded and insured, drive company-issued vehicles, and wear company uniforms. At Jack’s, we employ both the sales and installation staff to ensure a flawless and worry-free process from start to finish.
Listed below are answers to some of the questions you may have regarding your installation:
- There is an additional charge to remove your existing floor covering, haul it away, and moving larger pieces of furniture.
- There is a chance that your existing flooring will not need to be removed and the installers will be able to use a “floating installation.” This means the laminate planks are not mechanically fastened or glued to any part of the subfloor, instead the planks float freely over the top of the subfloor. There is a thin pad that is placed between the laminate flooring and the subfloor. The padding protects against moisture, reduces noise transmission, and softens the floor underfoot. Please note that all floors are not manufactured to be floated and that your subfloor needs to be structurally sound and flat in order to float the floor. Finally, a floor cannot be floated if there are considerable height differences between the adjoining room’s floors.
- Gaps between rooms, from floor to floor, and at thresholds will need some type of transition piece to give the room a professionally finished appearance. If the new laminate floor is higher than an adjoining floor, there will have to be some sort of reducer strip. A reducer strip features a beveled or rounded surface that will descend from the thicker flooring to the thinner material. Most laminate manufacturers offer matching transition pieces to their flooring.
- In many cases, moldings such as shoe mold and ¼ round will need to be replaced when installing a new floor. Shoe mold and ¼ round is an additional cost that you should account for when budgeting for a new laminate floor.
- Before the installers arrive you will need to:
- Remove all breakable items, like vases, lamps, collectibles, and heirlooms.
- Detach and store wiring from TVs, VCR/DVD Players, stereos, and computers.
- Clear desktops, tabletops, bookshelves, tops of dressers and closet floors.
- Remove all sheets, blankets and bedspreads from beds if applicable.
- Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
Once the installers leave, a couple of thoughts on maintenance of your laminate flooring:
While laminate flooring is the most maintenance free of any flooring type, it is not indestructible, and it does require some general care. The only routine care needed to keep a laminate floor looking like new is a simple once-over with a dust mop, vacuum cleaner, or a dampened cloth.
Surface and structural damage can occur under certain conditions but you can reduce the likelihood of these events by taking a few simple precautionary steps. Most importantly, always follow the flooring manufacturer’s cleaning procedures and recommendations.
Here are some standard preventative maintenance tips:
- Place mats in front of sinks, stoves, and at all room entrances from the outside.
- Place area rugs in high traffic areas.
- Place felt protector pads under furniture feet.
- Make sure chair casters are in good working order and kept clean.
- When moving furniture, lift it rather than pushing or pulling it.
- Maintain suitable temperature and humidity levels within the room.
Note: Many manufacturers recommend an average temperature of 72°F and an average humidity level of 55% to maximize the flooring’s stability.