Laminate Flooring Looks Great on a Wall

Laminate Flooring Looks Great on a Wall

One of the most popular decorating ideas of the last year has been using flooring planks to decorate a wall. You’ve probably seen these ideas on Pinterest or many home decorating TV shows. And whether it is a rustic, distressed barn wood look or a more formal dark wood like mahogany, laminate flooring is an affordable, easy way to go. You can add creativity and style to any room by placing laminate flooring on an accent wall. In fact, some decorators are even designing walls that mix more than one laminate floor design into a single wall. For example, this photo shows a single wall that is actually made from more than one of our laminate flooring collections. If you want to spice up a room yourself with laminate mounted on your wall, read below about how to install laminate on your wall. Or you can click here to open and print our installation instructions. Wall Mounting Installation Instructions Limited Warranty for laminate planks on walls: When using this product on walls, we warrant to the original purchaser that the planks will not stain, wear or fade when you follow our installation, cleaning and care instructions. IMPORTANT: You must first acclimatize your planks for 48 hours. For example, if you buy your planks on a Sunday, you’ll want to install on Tuesday. Start the acclimation process by laying each box horizontally (flat on their backs) in center of room where they will be installed. For wall applications, laminate flooring must be at least 8mm thick in order to prevent damage to the locking system caused by brad nailer. General... 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, click here to visit our online Factory Outlet. You can buy overstocked laminate wood floors directly from the manufacturer and have it shipped to your home. You’ll save up to 30% on laminate floor planks, plus you’ll get free samples, free delivery, and free returns. And some come with a lifetime warranty, the best laminate flooring warranty you can... 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
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
How to Deal With Sunlight When Installing a Floor

How to Deal With Sunlight When Installing a Floor

While sunlight can focus marvelous attention on the beautiful, new laminate floor that you’re about to install, it also may have implications for your floor. Thankfully, we’re not talking about fading. However, there are other implications to be aware of before installing laminate flooring. We all like big beautiful windows. The problem is, they can generate as much heat as they let in light. And the heat generated from sunlight, especially in rooms facing south or west, can create hot spots at certain times of the day. The temperature swing can be as much as 10% in an hour in some cases. Laminate flooring can be affected by heat, causing it to swell when the temperature rises and shrink when it drops. The change is almost imperceptible — we’re talking tiny fractions of an inch. However, multiply that over several planks and, well, it could create a noticeable buckling problem, particularly at what are called “pinch points” or doorways. (Note: A doorway is considered a pinch point particularly if you cannot pass through the door carrying a standard size laminate plank across your shoulders.) Here are tips for dealing with effects of bright sunlight when you install laminate flooring: ● Maintain the maximum expansion gap of 3/8 of an inch around the perimeter of the room. This is the maximum that can covered by a quarter-round molding. ● Have a sufficient expansion gap with your transition molding at your pinch points. ● Your laminate flooring will look its best when it is oriented to be parallel to the longest wall in the... Read More
Tongue or Groove? Which to Install First

Tongue or Groove? Which to Install First

Which side is the tongue, which the groove, and which goes first during installation?The tongue is the side that you will want to place against the wall as you start your laminate-flooring installation. If you mix the two up and start with the groove side, you will have difficulty completing the installation because you will essentially be installing the flooring backwards.In the line drawing above of an Express Clic System plank profile, note the orientation for the tongue and the groove. As this illustration indicates, the tongue for any Swiss Krono click system (Express Clic and Drop-and-Lock, Clic2Clic and Tap-and-Lock, 5G and Angle-to-Angle) protrudes outward, while the groove part forms a cavity for the tongue of the next plank to fit into. Both are cut to micron precision so that they create a snug, interlocking installation.You will want to start in the left side of the wall you pick with the tongue on the long side of a plank facing the wall. The tongue against the wall should be removed. You can use a sharp utility knife for the 7-mm or 8-mm product, but 10-mm or 12-mm product will require a saw.It is important to work from left to right to avoid damaging the tongues on the short side of the boards.Before getting started with your installation project, and after you have acclimated your laminate flooring planks, it’s a good idea to get all of your planks oriented in the same direction with the tongue side of each plank parallel to the wall you will be installing... Read More
Installing Laminate Flooring on Stairs

Installing Laminate Flooring on Stairs

Installing Laminate Floors on Stairs Save Up TO 30% OFF 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 Designer Floor Planks, 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... Read More
How to Apply Glue to a Laminate Flooring Plank

How to Apply Glue to a Laminate Flooring Plank

Even though laminate flooring is a glueless, floating-floor installation system, glue is used as a barrier to prevent moisture from seeping into a joint and penetrating the core where two laminate flooring planks come together. By the way, this does not mean that you don’t have to blot up spills immediately. Even with glued planks, you need to mop up fluids as soon as possible.Where to apply glue? You might consider gluing planks in a mudroom where you come in with snow on your boots, or an area five feet immediately around a water source like in a bath, dishwasher or sink.What kind of glue do you use for laminate-flooring planks?Always use a PVA Type II Glue. Some wood glue has too much moisture in it. Choose one in a bottle that allows you to regulate the amount that comes out because you’ll need very little glue to get the job done.Where do you apply the glue to a laminate flooring plank?Apply the glue on top of the tongue – not in the groove. This limits the amount of glue you need. By being closer to the surface, it also acts as a barrier to topical moisture.”See the diagram to correctly locate the tongue on the plank and where to apply the bead of glue – on top of the tongue.What if you make a mess gluing laminate flooring?Some glue will ooze up and that’s perfectly natural. You can you can just wipe up or let it harden and then scrape it off with a plastic putty knife. (If wiping it up, make sure you get all of it... Read More
How to Install Laminate Flooring Under a Door Jamb

How to Install Laminate Flooring Under a Door Jamb

The challenge with a door jamb — or other similar vertical obstruction where you have limited clearance — is figuring out how to work around the lack of clearance. When you install a laminate plank underneath a door jamb or door casing that you’ve already trimmed, you will be working with the last plank. Now you have two challenges: • The vertical obstruction of the door casing will prevent you from being able to angle the plank sufficiently to engage the locking system. • Because you’ll need to shave the upper lip of the groove off to make it fit, how do you make sure the last piece stays in place? The solution when installing laminate flooring under a door jamb is to safely compromise the locking system on the last laminate flooring plank to complete the installation without sacrificing the installation integrity of the floor and applying glue.To successfully install laminate flooring under a door jamb, follow the six steps outlined in this diagram. We detail each below. Shave the lip off the groove of the laminate flooring plank You can use a standard utility knife to shave the upper lip of the groove off the next-to-the-last plank. It takes a little bit of work and you could end up dragging your knuckles across the subfloor. You can also use a mini-trim planer. With this, you can remove the upper lip of the groove more easily than with a utility knife. When you’ve shaved this upper lip off the groove, you’ve created two tongues on the next-to-the-last plank. Now you’re ready to apply a bead of glue. Apply... Read More