Installation of Laminate

Installation Of
Laminate Flooring

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Before Your Installation

You want a problem-free installation and, to help ensure it, here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives.
  • Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed.
  • Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room.
  • In general, your laminate should run parallel to windows or, in narrow rooms, to the longest wall.
  • Measure door clearances before you have your laminate installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag.
  • Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your laminate is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.

During Your Installation

To make your laminate look good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow:
  • Current flooring: Laminate can be installed directly over some existing floors, but others will have to be removed first. Your professional installer will know the proper procedure, as well as how to make the floor level and smooth.
  • Moisture testing: Your installer will check for moisture in the subfloor to prevent later problems with buckling or cupping.
  • Installation: Using the appropriate tools, the installer will cut and place the planks or tiles, maintaining a gap around the floor’s perimeter to allow for expansion.
  • Room shape: A professional will know how to handle any challenges caused by room irregularities and odd or tight spaces, like cabinetry or a kitchen island.

It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. And we can also help you choose a highly skilled professional installer. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.

Laminate Flooring Resources & Articles

Valley Floor Covering, INC. Blog

By Jennifer 28 Sep, 2017

Let’s face it: doing chores around the house is nobody’s favorite thing to do. But there are few cleaning jobs as tiresome or as frustrating as scrubbing the floors. It seems that the moment the floors are spotless and in pristine condition, something immediately occurs to make them dirty again.

On top of that, we are quickly approaching everyone’s favorite time of year. as they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. That means that those messy floors will become even grimier, as snow, dirt, and other winter filth are constantly brought into your home.

We at Valley Floor Coverings are just like you: we like a clean floor, and we admit that there are certain times of the year that keeping our floor clean is harder than others. While it’s certainly a frustrating problem, luckily, it is a problem with a few quick and simple solutions.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Valley Floor Covering, INC. offers the designer styling you want in any hard surface construction you need. We bring you our signature fine quality and craftsmanship in elegant flooring of every type.

Hardwood

Wood flooring is the enduring classic of beautiful homes ... rich and inviting, it always says “welcome.” With Shaw’s multitude of engineered and solid options, there’s a lovely hardwood style for almost any room. Our hardwood features ScufResist Platinum®, the industry’s toughest guard against high foot-traffic and scuffing—something your savvy customers, with their busy lifestyles, will appreciate.

Laminate

Unusually durable, good-looking, and easy to install, laminate is a great value to homeowners. Shaw’s laminate wood styles resemble natural woods so successfully, sometimes even our designers have trouble telling them from the real thing.

Resilient Vinyl

Today’s resilient is not only incredibly stylish, it’s cushy and comfortable—a flooring winner. Resilient floors are easy-care, have incredible warranties, and perform like commercial products. And Shaw’s resilient wood looks provide fashionable, colorful appeal to today’s interiors.

Ceramic Tile

Chic and very low-maintenance, tile is the go-anywhere floor. Shaw’s tile and stone products come in lovely designs that range from the urban and sophisticated to the laid-back and casual—with trim collections that are simply stunning. Plus, Shaw’s tile in hardwood designs makes it possible for you to put the charm of wood anywhere you like, indoors or out.

By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017
L aminate is constructed in layers to create lasting, affordable, beautiful floors. Four layers of material, each of which has its own purpose, are fused together through a direct-pressure process that binds them into one extremely durable material. And this material is today’s laminate—a type of flooring that will endure much wear and tear, performing well for many years.
By Jennifer 26 Jul, 2017

Jumping into a new look for your floor can be daunting. That’s why most people play it safe. But even if you don’t want to show off your wilder side, there are ways to incorporate fun into your floors. You just need to find the look that works with your overall design style.

WHAT ARE MY PREFERENCES?

Here are a few of the possibilities to consider when deciding on the style you prefer.


Modern

If your style is modern, you likely prefer carpets with bold geometric patterns—such as circles or squares—or the clean, sleek look of light-colored hardwoods and laminates. Both are great choices to offset the chic simplicity of contemporary furniture.
Avalon Garden Rugs by Shaw
 
Retro
A retro gal combines the designs of the past with the flair of today. You might put Country French floral motifs together with modern chrome accessories. Or hang a minimalist painting over an antique sideboard filled with vintage linens. You enjoy mixing it up!
Continental Stone by Shaw
 
Natural
You like using elements and colors that help bring the outdoors in. Beautiful stone, natural textures, wood featured in unique ways and places, and the colors of earth and sky—all create a sense of comfort and warmth in a room. Very inviting and nice to come home to.
Stylish Art Carpet by Shaw
 
Fashion-Inspired
For those who favor the runway over the hallway, this is your look. Whether the newest thing is purple paisley or pink patchwork (not that we recommend either), you’re a trendsetter who loves to take the sleekest looks hitting the stores and bring them into your decor—so it’s as stylish as you are.

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