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
Proper Time and Tools Ensure Installation Success

Proper Time and Tools Ensure Installation Success

Before you begin your Swiss Krono laminate flooring installation project, make sure you’ve got the necessary time and tools to do the job right.Time is an important tool when installing a laminate floor.One of the big advantages of choosing laminate as a floor covering is that it’s relatively easy to install. Compared to many floor-covering options such as ceramic tile, hardwood and even carpet, nothing could be truer.However, many do-it-yourselfers make the mistake of under-estimating the time that they should allow to complete even a small flooring project. We recommend that you set aside three days to avoid any frustration because you’re trying to hurry the process:Day 1: Removal — Move the furniture out of the way and then remove the old floor. Correct any problems or unevenness in the subfloor.Day 2: Installation — Install the laminate flooring.Day 3: Trim and Moldings — Install the trim and moldings, move the furniture back and enjoy.Don’t forget to take the time to acclimate your laminate-flooring planks a minimum of 48 hours before you begin the installation. A Couple of “timely” additions are worth noting… If this is your first laminate-flooring installation, take time to gather the right tools and read the installation instructions of your newly purchased flooring thoroughly. If this is your one-hundredth installation, you should still allow time to read the instructions thoroughly and check the condition of your tools. Remember, instructions can get updated and tend to vary from style to style.Let’s say you’re planning a below-grade installation over a concrete floor. You’ll need to verify the moisture-vapor flow in the concrete by testing and then applying a low VOC... Read More
How to Measure for Laminate Flooring in 3 Steps

How to Measure for Laminate Flooring in 3 Steps

Determining how much laminate flooring you need to buy is relatively simple, but it pays to measure properly. Follow these basic steps and then take advantage of the Flooring Calculator to make sure you order the right amount. Step 1: Figure out the square footage of each room in which you want to install laminate-wood floors. To do so, use a tape measure to determine the room’s length and width. Then multiply the length by the width to get your square footage. For instance, if the room is 12 feet wide and 12 feet long, you will need enough flooring for 144 square feet (12×12=144). Step 2: Add 10% to the square footage to accommodate cuts and waste. (If you’re choosing a tile pattern, add 20%). This is important because the cuts in the flooring need to be staggered. And you’ll want pieces left over just in case you need to mend or replace a board. So that’s 144 feet plus 10%, or 14 feet, for 158 square feet. Step 3: Check with a retailer to get your order just right. Your measurements will certainly give you a good ballpark estimate when you multiply your square-foot needs by the retailer’s price per square foot, though little things can make a difference in the actual calculation. For instance, for installation in rooms larger than 40 feet long or 25 feet wide, a transition piece will be required. A professional will help make sure you have all the accessories you’ll need, from transition strips to underlayment to floor molding.Want to learn more about installing laminate flooring? Visit the Swiss Krono USA FAQ... Read More
Why Expansion Gaps Matter When Installing Floors

Why Expansion Gaps Matter When Installing Floors

When it comes to properly installing Swiss Krono laminate flooring, or any brand of laminate flooring for that matter, maintaining proper expansion gaps around the periphery of the floor is critical to its success.   Why are expansion gaps necessary? The core of Swiss Krono laminate flooring is made from high-density fiberboard (HDF). While HDF is extremely strong and durable, like any wood it’s also porous — which means that environmental factors like subtle changes in heat and humidity will cause the planks to expand and contract. Because laminate flooring is a floating floor and should never be nailed or glued down to the subfloor, it must have the ability to expand and contract, unencumbered by such vertical obstructions as walls, doorways or cabinets that can become “pinch points” for the flooring. Without expansion gaps, you risk performance issues like buckling and squeaking of your laminate floor.   Advice about expansion gaps from Flooring-Professionals.com An informative article about the importance of floating floors, Why Floating Floors Fail, on the Flooring-Professionals.com website features an excellent diagram (reproduced above) explaining an idea of what an expansion gap is. The article is written by Tim McAdoo, a certified installer, who shares his do’s and don’ts when it comes to installing floating floors.   Using spacers to create a uniform expansion gap Spacers play an important role in the installation process and should be part of your installation toolkit. Check out the “How to Install a Laminate Floor” guide from Lowe’s Home Improvement and note the placement of spacers around the periphery of the floor next to the wall. These spacers maintain a... Read More
Acclimating: Why It’s Essential to Wait 48 Hours

Acclimating: Why It’s Essential to Wait 48 Hours

Never install your new laminate floor as soon as the cartons arrive at your home. Any new laminate floor product, including Swiss Krono, needs to sit in your house for at least 48 hours in the room it will be installed in order to acclimate or to become accustomed to a new climate or conditions. For example, if you live in the desert Southwest where it’s very dry and decided to take a vacation exploring the rain forest in Brazil, where’s it’s intensely humid, it might take you a few days to get used to — or get acclimated to — your new environment. Your new laminate flooring is no different. Its home environment (i.e. South Carolina, where Swiss Krono flooring is made) is likely to be quite different from where it will be installed (your home) in terms of humidity levels and temperature. And there are extremes the flooring can be exposed to during shipping and storage in a store or warehouse. Therefore, laminate flooring needs a little time to get acclimated in your home before being installed. Why does laminate flooring need to be acclimated? All laminate flooring has a fiberboard core. In the case of Swiss Krono USA, it’s a high-density fiberboard (HDF) core. All wood, including HDF, is porous on a microscopic level, even though it might look quite solid. These tiny openings allow air inside the core, carrying with it whatever humidity there may be. The more humid the air, the more likelihood that planks will swell; the less humid the air, the more likelihood the planks will shrink. While this swelling or shrinking may... Read More