Tristate Interiors Offers Versatile and Affordable Laminate Flooring in Nearly Limitless Styles and Colors to Complement Any Decor
Laminate is a popular and versatile flooring material used today - for both residential and commercial applications. The available choices of laminate are almost limitless in styles and colors. Every type of wood grain or stone layout can be designed, laminated onto a backing material, and then cut into planks or strips that fit every room. Then they can be quickly installed by a trained crew. Thanks to recently developed techniques, homeowners can even have the wood scraped or antique look for your home that was once only available for hardwood floors.
In fact, an advantage of laminate styles being fabricated to look exactly like traditional hardwood flooring, is that they are much stronger and more resilient than the real thing. It is also more affordable than hardwood flooring in terms of material and installation costs. When professionally installed, there is no noticeable difference to the casual observer. There are three methods for installing laminate flooring. These are: glued, pre-glued and glueless, or click laminate. Each one can easily and quickly be installed, but each offers its own specific advantages.
Glued flooring requires that all joints be glued at the installation site and then are quickly installed. This is easily accomplished by professional installers.
Pre-glued flooring is coated with adhesive at the factory. It merely requires each piece to be moistened at the joints, permitted to sit for a few moments, and then be installed. This process results in less mess than the glued flooring installation.
Glueless or click flooring is the lowest priced flooring in terms of required materials and installation cost. It is cut so that each piece connects, or ‘clicks’ into place with the strips that surround it to provide a solid, resilient surface. Click flooring accounts for about two-thirds of all laminate flooring sold today.
No matter which installation method you select, make certain that it includes an under pad. This pad can be laid in place and cut to fit each room, or it may be attached to each flooring strip at the manufacturer’s factory. The under pad provides sound muffling and additional cushioning, just as a carpet pad does.
If the room you plan to install your new laminate flooring in is exposed to considerable moisture, such as a laundry room or mud room, then you should be certain to put down an underlayment before the laminate is installed. This thin plastic layer will provide a vapor barrier that will keep moisture from getting under your new laminate flooring, so that it will remain in good condition for many years to come.
TriState Interiors supplies and professionally installs laminate and other flooring materials for homeowners in the Bronx, Westchester County, Manhattan, Riverdale and other nearby Greater New York City areas. If you would like more information and to personally view actual samples of these materials, phone us, e-mail us, or drop by our showroom in the Bronx, NY, to discuss your interest in laminate flooring with one of our remodeling professionals.