Look for a brand's AC rating to judge durability. Long-lasting, high-quality laminate is rated AC3. An independent company assigns the abrasion coefficient rating based on a rigorous series of tests. To be offered to homeowners, planks and tiles must pass tests for stain, abrasion, burn, and impact resistance. Flooring is also exposed to moisture to test for swelling. Floor coverings rated AC4 are appropriate for commercial spaces and very heavily used residential spaces.
Some brands are labeled ‘waterproof.’ Be aware that these brands only repel water for the specific amount of time listed in the manufacturer’s guidelines. Typically, the flooring can be wet for about one day. After that time, it may become damaged. Standard laminate resists water, but any moisture should be wiped up immediately, if possible. Water will pool on the floor’s surface, but it can seep into seams with prolonged exposure.
Most laminate flooring connects in tongue and groove fashion. Therefore, it floats above the subfloor rather than being attached to it. Floors can be laid over cement slabs, hard surface existing flooring, and radiant heat systems. Padding is placed under the flooring to cushion it and to provide insulation and reduce noise. A moisture barrier is used, too, if needed. The method of installation increases longevity since a plank or tile can be replaced if damaged.
Huron Carpet & Floor covering serves southeast Michigan communities, including Wixom, MI, Walled Lake, MI, Novi, MI, and Milford, MI. We have an in-house designer who can assist you throughout your flooring project as well as an experienced installation team. Estimates are always free. Visit our showroom
in Wixom to browse through the latest laminate flooring styles.