The ‘Can-I-Install-Laminate-Flooring-Over-This?’ Guide

The ‘Can-I-Install-Laminate-Flooring-Over-This?’ Guide

We’ve listed alphabetically all of the flooring types available so that you can easily determine whether you can install laminate over that specific flooring type. Remember that laminate flooring, like American Concepts, is a floating floor; it will expand and contract as temperature and other conditions change. This means that the choice of subfloor, i.e., what you install laminate over, needs to provide the right support and meets the specifications listed above. Bamboo: Not recommended. Brick: No. Even with a brick floor in excellent condition, there is the potential for too much surface deviance that could stress the laminate-flooring locking system. And if the floor is below grade, moisture migration will be too difficult to control. Carpeting, tufted: No. Carpet, its padding, and all its staples must be completely removed — down to the subfloor — before you install laminate flooring. Carpeting, commercial or needle-bond: No. Some types and styles of commercial or “indoor/outdoor” carpeting may look harmless, but it and any adhesive used to glue it down must be removed before installing a laminate floor. Carpet tiles: No. Everything has to go. Only the subfloor may remain when you install laminate. Ceramic tiles: Yes. Again, provided the surface of the floor is flat and level (per our laminate subfloor specifications) and the condition of the floor is good. The tiles themselves must be smooth. You must use padding. Check for cracked or loose tiles and grout — these could be signs of a poor floor condition caused by settling that could cause problems for your laminate floor. Concrete slab (above grade): Yes. An above-grade concrete floor will most likely... Read More

Laminate or Luxury Vinyl Tile: Which Is Right for You?

Have you wondered how laminate flooring and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) compare as flooring solutions and which is right for your home? After all, in the world of hard-surface flooring (as opposed to the soft, carpeted kind), laminate flooring, such as American Concepts laminate flooring manufactured by Swiss Krono, and LVT are highly popular with homeowners. (By the way, LVT is part of what is known as “resilient flooring” that also includes sheet-vinyl and rubber flooring.) Let’s explore and compare LVT and laminate flooring so you can decide which is right for you. How laminate flooring and LVT are similar. Both have cost and durability advantages over such other solid-surface flooring choices as hardwood, ceramic or stone. Both laminate flooring and LVT have become master imitators of natural surfaces like wood or stone – or other flooring types for that matter. Both are easier to maintain than wood or tile. For example, hardwood or engineered-wood floors may need refinishing, and some tile types may need resealing or regrouting. Both can be installed either professionally or by a reasonably skilled do-it-yourselfer who has the right tools and instructions. Both can allow for repair by replacement of a damaged plank or tile. Both have wear layers. Swiss Krono’s laminate flooring has an extremely hard aluminum-oxide wear layer that resists scratches and UV protection to prevent fading from prolonged exposure to sunlight. LVT may have a clear-vinyl and urethane coating to protect it. How Laminate Flooring and LVT are different. They’re made out of different materials. Laminate flooring is made of layers. The primary layer (the core) is made of high-density fiberboard... Read More

Is Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Better Than Laminate Wood Flooring?

Many people are putting Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) planks on their floor to simulate the look of real hardwood floors. Over the last several years, homeowner wanting more durability in their hard flooring surfaces turned to laminate wood floors for realism, affordability and style. Both have their strengths, and one has a secret. LVT is made of plastic with an image of wood on the surface. The primary components of vinyl floorcoverings include polyvinyl chloride (or vinyl) resins, plasticizers (high molecular-weight solvents), pigments and trace stabilizers, and a carrier sheet or backing. According to, polyvinyl chloride is made from ethylene, which comes from crude oil. That’s the secret LVT is keeping from you: it is plastic made from crude oil. Being plastic, LVT works well when wood is not really an option, like where there are frequent water spills or where mopping is required daily, like in a medical clinic. If you have frequent spills on your floor or need serious mopping on a regular basis, LVT is better than laminate flooring. Laminate wood floors are made from real wood timber, mostly pine, and has a protective layer over an image of a plank on the top. Being made of wood gives laminate flooring a more realistic hardwood feel, look and sound compared to LVT. Plus laminate wood flooring is made of, well, wood and not crude oil, which is the main ingredient in LVT. Laminate floors are great for those who care about the health of our planet since wood is a sustainably managed resource and crude oil is not renewable. And while laminate is not great... Read More

How to Decide Between Hardwood and Laminate

There comes a time in the flooring decision-making process where you realize that it comes down to hardwood vs. laminate. You’ve come to your senses regarding that shag carpet. You’ve done tile before and, like most everyone else, wished you’d picked a different color, size, kind, grout, etc. We’ve all been there. And now you’re here, where most people eventually arrive, at the hardwood vs. laminate debate. In the past, it used to be no contest: Got lots of money? Spring for the hardwoods. Not so much money? Get the laminate. Now, though, the debate is bit more complicated—mostly because certain laminate flooring options have gotten extremely attractive in a lot of ways. First of all, consider how much of your home’s flooring you are replacing. Are you tying the floor into another space that already has laminate vs. hardwood? If you’re tying into an existing floor, you might stick with the same flooring in order for it to match. However, matching an existing hardwood floor is much easier said than done. But if other floors in your home are not an issue, here are the basic arguments when considering hardwood vs. laminate flooring. Durability. People often make a big fuss about how long hardwoods last. The funny part is that they have to be refinished every five to ten years or so depending on the amount of traffic, or in my case, the destructive tendencies of two young children. A high quality laminate is resistant to wear, fading and staining. So it will look as good as it did the day you installed it after 20 years or... Read More

How to Decide on Your Laminate Floor’s Thickness

If you’re trying to figure out how to choose laminate floors for your home and wondering how thickness fits in, look no further! How is laminate flooring thickness measured? For laminate flooring, plank thickness is measured in millimeters (mm). A millimeter is quite small, roughly 0.039 inches. Products, like American Concepts, will state plank thickness on their packages or in their advertising by measuring the entire plank thickness – from the bottom surface that rests on the subfloor to the top of the plank. So if a plank has an attached pad (meaning the underlayment is actually attached to each individual plank) you may see a plank thickness of 14 mm. That means it’s a 12 mm thick plank with a 2 mm thick pad attached, equaling 14 mm. Therefore, plank thickness does not refer strictly to the core of the plank (i.e., C in the illustration above), but the combination of all the layers that make up the plank. Is laminate flooring thickness a guarantee of durability? Not necessarily. At KronotexUSA, we see durability provided by the aluminum-oxide wear layer that is on top (i.e., A in the illustration above). The wear layer makes the laminate floor able to stand up to foot traffic and minor abrasions, thus improving its durability. Impact resistance, or the ability of a laminate floor to withstand the impact of a falling object, is related to plank thickness. In general, the thicker the plank, the more resistant the floor becomes to fracture from a dropped object. Brands like our American Concepts floors meet and exceed a light commercial rating on “Large-Ball Impact Resistance” and “Small-Ball (Dart)... Read More

Our Laminate Is Healthier for Your Home and the Planet

If protecting the environment — globally as well as inside your home — is important to you, then you should know how laminate flooring sustainability could enhance both.Swiss Krono uses fresh pine harvested through ecologically sound forest thinning operations. This creates less impact on the environment and means that you get the look of exotic hardwoods without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. The manufacturing process is so efficient and results in such little waste that we end up using almost every part of the tree in the construction of our planks.Laminate flooring sustainability advantages don’t end at the manufacturing plant. It carries right over into your home, beginning with the installation of your new floor. Our tongue-and-groove locking system installs easily without the need for glue or nails. This simple installation process means fewer power tools are needed, which results in less energy use. After installation is complete, scraps can be disposed of with the rest of your household garbage.Ours is a much healthier floor to live with for years to come, as well. Swiss Krono floors require very little maintenance. Regular dusting and occasional damp mopping with a 3:1 water and vinegar solution will keep your floor looking like new with no need for harsh cleansers. Unlike hardwoods, our laminate floors will never need to be refinished—a process which introduces toxic levels of dust and noxious chemicals to your home.You’re not the only one concerned about indoor air quality. We are, too. In fact, we use absolutely no harmful substances, like halogen, chloride, PVC, PCB, or dioxin, in the construction of our product. In addition,... Read More

Why Laminate Floors Stand Up Better to Pets

Many homeowners have seen their beloved dogs pretty much shredded their hardwood floors. They might have heard that laminate floors stand up better to pets. But is this true? Yes, laminate floors definitely stand up better to pets because they are designed to be both durable and beautiful—something that simply cannot be said of hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are essentially wood planks with a clear coat of lacquer applied to the surface. This lacquer is easily worn and scratched away as pets or people move across the floor. What’s more, some hardwoods are actually soft woods, which can be easily gouged or dented. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is actually constructed so that the layer of decorative paper (the layer that gives the plank its wood grain appearance) and the resilient top layer are fused together for an abrasion-resistant surface. Plus, the high-density core of laminate planks helps it resist dents and gouges. To learn more about taking care of your laminate floor if you do have pets, check out this... Read More
American Concepts Ad About Laminate vs. Luxury Vinyl Tile

American Concepts Ad About Laminate vs. Luxury Vinyl Tile

American Concepts laminate wood flooring recently ran an ad about the differences between luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and laminate wood flooring. For more information about the differences between laminate wood floors and luxury vinyl tile floors, check out this article: We’d love to hear your thoughts. Send us your point of view via social media: or... Read More

How to Avoid Holiday Wear and Tear on Your American Concepts Laminate Wood Floor

Although preparing for guests – either for a party or supper — may not be nearly as difficult as it was preparing for a ball at Downton Abbey, an ounce of prevention will be worth a pound of cure when it comes to caring for your laminate wood floor. While not as susceptible to scratches because it is scratch resistant, a laminate wood floor – like those by American Concepts – will be affected if dragging heavy objects. These tips will help ensure that moving furniture to open entertaining space will keep your laminate wood floor looking its best: Sweep and clean your floor to rid it of as much dust and debris as possible. Whenever possible, lift and place furniture where you want it. For items that cannot easily be carried, an inexpensive solution is to place socks over the legs of furniture and drag it to its new location. For larger items, a clean towel or microfiber cloth or pad under each leg – lifting just enough to slide it into place – can facilitate gliding the piece across the laminate-wood floor. Always make sure any cloth you use is free of debris and that there is no debris on your laminate wood floor between where you are and where you want to place the... Read More

Natural or Artificial Wood? American Concepts Is the Best of Both

All things considered, the perfect Christmas tree would combine the natural beauty of a fresh-cut pine with the durability and cost-effective price of a well-made artificial tree. American Concepts grants the flooring version of that wish with its laminate wood floors: The natural beauty of a wood floor with the convenience and cost-effectiveness that laminate has to offer. That’s because American Concepts takes advantage of the best of both natural and artificial worlds. It has a four-layer manufacturing process that includes a wood-fiber core derived from ecologically sustainable pine trees topped by a wear layer that seals and protects the surface on the outside. Using the strength of real pine and an extremely hard aluminum-oxide wear layer that resists scratches, chips and dents, American Concepts laminate flooring can take a beating from everyday life – and those special holiday occasions that bring even more traffic and accidents – that can take the life out of lesser... Read More