Laminate Flooring Types

Laminate Flooring Types

Laminate flooring has become a popular choice for many homeowners due to its ability to closely emulate today’s most popular hard surfaces, especially hardwood planks and ceramic or stone tiles. Besides the great textures and designs, laminate flooring offers improved durability, easier maintenance and affordability compared to other types of hard surface floors. These floors are extremely resistant to wear, stains and sunlight fading. The beautifully rich textured finishes make these floors a great alternative for most areas in the home.

Having arrived from Europe over a decade ago, laminate flooring was inspired by countertop materials, only it’s at least 20 times stronger. With a direct pressure laminate surface it is virtually impossible for spills and scuffs to leave a mark. The clear surface layer protects the pattern underneath and is highly resistant to cigarette burns and scratches from pets. Maintenance is quick and easy using a damp cloth or vacuum and most household cleaning chemicals will not harm a laminate floor. The surface is hygienic and is excellent for people suffering from allergies.

Laminmate layers
Specially engineered with layered construction, laminate flooring can be installed almost anywhere in the home, including over dry concrete slabs, wooden subfloors and many types of existing floor coverings. The low clearance space height means laminates are particularly suited for renovation and restoring old houses where floor thicknesses can be a problem.

Mohawk Laminate Flooring in Palm Beach, Stuart, and Boca Raton, Florida, offers a wide selection of rich colors and designs in several different grades, including laminates with pre-attached underlayment’s to help deaden sound and keep the floor warmer and “embossed-in-register” designs in which the surface texture exactly matches the image texture for highly realistic look and feel of real hardwood, tile and stones styles.

Trims & MoldingsInstaform

 

InstaForm moldings featuring Incizo technology

Finish your new Mohawk Laminate Floor with a complete line of moldings featuring quarter round, stair nosing and InstaForm moldings featuring Incizo technology. This revolutionary 4-in-1 profile makes it easy for customers to finish their Mohawk Laminate Floor. Use the special knife included in each package to quickly cut away what is not needed to turn your InstaForm piece into a square nose carpet reducer, hard surface reducer, or t-molding. Fewer moldings to inventory and on-site selection make InstaForm moldings the preferred choice for flooring professionals.

Reducer Strip: Used to create a smooth transition between two floors of different heights, as well as protect the planks exposed edge from damage caused by foot traffic.

T-Molding: Used to bridge two areas of flooring that are the exact same height. The T-Molding overlaps the exposed edges of the floor and is secured only to the sub floor, never to the flooring itself. Generally this trim is used as the transition piece between rooms, or as the expansion piece for areas that exceed 30 feet in length.

Universal Edge: Also called a Square Nosing and is used where the laminate flooring butts up to carpeting, or various vertical surfaces where the edge will be exposed, such as along a fireplace.

Mohawk Mono-Trak™: Used with some of the wood trim moldings to alleviate the need to nail the moldings directly to the subfloor. Mohawk’s Mono-Trak™ system makes installing the trim easy and will help ensure the proper expansion gaps are always maintained between the end of the floor planks and the trim pieces. Used with InstaForm profiles only.

These additional moldings are also available:

Overlapping Stair Nosing: Similar to a flush stair nosing except the nosing overlaps the exposed edge of the floor. The overlapping stair nosing is secured to the sub floor and not to the laminate floor so the floor is free to move. Never butt the nosing tightly to the laminate flooring.

Quarter Round: Gives the floor a finished look and protects the edges of the laminate flooring. Never secure the quarter round to the laminate flooring. Instead, the quarter round should always be attached to the vertical wall.

Bullnose: An alternative to quarter round are Bullnose moldings, which finish a tile floor by the wall much like a ceramic or stone floor would. Also available in select wood finishes, a bull nose is a much more grand way frame the floor, much like a base board would. Bullnose moldings should be attached to the wall, not the floor, to provide adequate expansion.