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

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

The 'Can I Install Laminate Flooring Over This?' Guide Shop Laminate Flooring   We’re listing alphabetically all of the flooring types available so that you can easily determinewhether you can install laminate over that specific flooring type. Remember that laminate flooring, like Swiss Krono USA’s Laminate Wood Flooring, 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.   Bamboo: Not recommended.thick    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, 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... Read More
Safety and Laminate Flooring Near a Fireplace

Safety and Laminate Flooring Near a Fireplace

As we all know, a warm, cozy crackling fire in your fireplace can have a tendency to spark, pop and toss a few hot embers out for the heck of it. That’s why you should always have a fireplace screen in place to protect your home. You should also leave at least two feet between your fireplace and the laminate floor — that’s usually the size of a hearth. But just in case a glowing ember slips through or over the screen, know that if it lands on your Swiss Krono USA laminate floor, it won’t be a problem. That’s because limited exposure to a flame won’t harm a plank. When you’re ready to buy laminate wood flooring, visit our American Concepts flooring line. We have 10 different floors that are moisture resistant; their lifetime warranty protects for spills that can sit for up to 24-hours. Plus we have 13 other flooring options ranging from 12mm thick with a lifetime warranty to 7mm thick and a 15-year... Read More
FAQ Installation

FAQ Installation

AcclimationBasement Beginning Installation Chipping Chipped Boards Concrete Walls Conditions Cork Underlayment Cutting Planks Different Locking System End Joints Expansion Gaps Exterior Doorway Fireplace/Woodstove Floating Floor Hallways Installation Instructions Kitchen Last Piece Leveling a Subfloor Mobile Homes Moisture Test Moldings Moving a Floor Narrowest Piece New Construction Pull Bar Sound Quality Square Footage Staining Flooring Stairs T-Molding Tongue vs. Groove Underfloor Heating Underlayment Weight Wires and Cables _   Acclimation: Why is it important to allow planks to acclimate? Swiss Krono USA flooring, like all laminate flooring, is made from a high-density fiberboard core that will shrink or swell depending on its temperature and surrounding humidity. Because these conditions vary greatly from the inside of a store or warehouse to your home, planks need time to acclimate so that they will fit properly, preventing gaps or buckling. This should be done by laying each box flat, side-by-side, for at least 48 hours in the center of the room in which they will be installed. Basement: Can Swiss Krono laminate flooring be used in any basement? Laminate flooring and basements are made for each other, provided the environment has the right conditions. Here are the conditions in which Swiss Krono laminate flooring can be installed: The space is below grade with at least one concrete wall; The concrete-slab floor must have been poured with a poly sheet underneath it. This helps protect against changes in hydrostatic pressure and controls the curing process; The concrete-slab floor must be more than 90 days old (so that it’s adequately cured); It can have a “walk-out” onto a patio area or walkway; and It cannot... Read More
Installing Laminate Flooring on Stairs

Installing Laminate Flooring on Stairs

Installing Laminate Floors on Stairs If you have stairs in your home, you may be wondering how to match them with your beautiful laminate floors. We’re here to answer your questions about installing laminate flooring, such as Swiss Krono USA’s American Concepts, on stairs. What are the challenges to installing laminate flooring on a staircase?The depth of most stair treads (the part you actually put your foot on) is 11 inches. Because the width of most laminate-flooring planks is a little over 7 inches, you’ll have to piece two planks together to cover the entire tread surface. To make the process easier, we recommend gluing two planks together the night before (while engaging the locking system, of course), doing enough to cover all the treads of the staircase. That way you’re making one cut per tread — not attempting to match up two separately cut plank pieces precisely. Is there any other way to avoid piecing laminate planks together on a stair tread?Yes, some retailers may offer one-piece laminate stair-tread surfaces that combine the stair nose (or “bull nose,” the rounded, leading edge of the tread) with entire tread surface. This makes it simple and less risky to mess up installation. What about safety considerations regarding laminate-flooring installation on stairs?Stair accidents can be dangerous. For example, if the stair nose is improperly installed and someone puts weight on it and it gives way … well, you get the picture. Local building codes supersede anything we tell our customers, so always follow them. Also, don’t attempt to install laminate flooring on stairs unless you’re at the upper end of the... Read More
FAQ Installation

Why Leveling Matters Before Installing Laminate Floor Planks

Laminate floors are “floating” floors and thus aren’t fastened to the subfloor. That actually makes the condition of the subfloor more critical to the success of your installation. Left unleveled, a subfloor that isn’t smooth and flat could cause your laminate flooring planks to squeak or separate. When you check how level your subfloor is, you’re looking for a peak or valley more than 1/8th of an inch within 40 inches of grade. These subtle differences can sometimes be hard to spot just by looking. How to determine whether the subfloor is level, and what to do if it isn’t Take any laminate plank and lay it on its end, dragging it across the subfloor. As you find a low spot, mark it with a green marker; find a high spot, mark it with a red marker. Once you’ve determined the low and the high spots, you’ll want to even out those differences. We recommend using a Portland-based leveler or leveling compound to fill in and grind down the peaks. Allow the leveler to dry overnight before beginning installation. As with any product, always read the complete leveling compound instructions first. The goal while thinking about leveling the subfloor is to have a clean, smooth and level surface upon which to install American Concepts laminate flooring. Remember, laminate flooring with attached underlayment padding can accept a deviance of 1/8th of an inch over 40 inches. Any low spots of 3/16th of an inch or greater must be filled in with leveling compound. When you’re ready to buy laminate wood flooring, visit our American Concepts flooring line. We have 10 different floors... Read More
Be Sure Your Floor and Subfloor Meet Specifications

Be Sure Your Floor and Subfloor Meet Specifications

Regardless of whether a type of floor can be covered over, Swiss Krono USA always recommends that if you can remove the old floor, do it. It lessens the risk for problems down the road. Find more information in our helpful “Can I Install Laminate Flooring Over This?” Guide. We require a clean, dry, flat, level subfloor so our American Concepts laminate flooring products perform best. All subfloors (and floors you can cover over) must meet these specifications: Clean, smooth, dry and debris-free Must be level within a surface deviance of no more than 1/8 inch over 40 inches. Any low spots must be filled in with a leveling compound. The area must be covered with an underlayment padding unless planks already have pad attached. This is not optional. Must use a 6-mil vapor barrier below the underlayment padding if installing on a concrete subfloor. Always follow local ordinances and building codes before replacing or covering over any flooring. Check with your trash pickup service before disposing of old flooring for the correct way in your area. Be responsible! Always follow installation instructions and wear proper safety gear (eye protection and dust mask). When you’re ready to buy laminate wood flooring, visit our American Concepts flooring line. We have 10 different floors that are moisture resistant; their lifetime warranty protects for spills that can sit for up to 24-hours. Plus we have 13 other flooring options ranging from 12mm thick with a lifetime warranty to 7mm thick and a 15-year... Read More