Easy Laminate Installation Saves You Money

Easy Laminate Installation Saves You Money

Easy Laminate Installation Saves You Money Save Up TO 30% OFF You’re ready to transform a room or hallway in your home with laminate flooring, and you’re hoping to save money by installing Designer Floor Planks yourself. Swiss Krono USA offers a wealth of advice and instruction to feed your DIY-desire. Laminate flooring has a reputation for being easy to install, regardless of the level of experience you have. Check out these guidelines to assess what skills you need to properly install laminate flooring and determine how easy your particular project is. Our Designer Floor Planks feature a tongue-and-groove finish, so you can snap them together quickly with no sanding or curing time required. They’re light and easy to handle while installing … and no splinters! Not sure which finish, color and style is best for your flooring upgrade? Order a free sample and see for yourself. We have the resources to make your laminate flooring installation even faster and easier The Swiss Krono USA website offers a number of articles and videos to take you step-by-step through the laminate flooring installation process. The Installation section can advise you on: How to measure your floor to determine your floor planks order What types of surfaces you can and can’t install laminate flooring over Tools you’ll need to install your laminate floor How to install laminate flooring on stairs And a robust section with answers to our most frequently asked questions Each order of Designer Floor Planks arrives (via free shipping!) with detailed installation instructions as well as telephone access to customer support. Even if you decide to use professional... Read More
Laminate Flooring Sale

Laminate Flooring Sale

Laminate Flooring Sale Makes It Easy to Update Your Home for Less Save Up TO 30% OFF There’s no mistaking the breath of fresh air that comes with a new floor in your home. Either you just can’t stand your worn-out, scratched-up hardwoods anymore, or the spills and stains on your aging carpet have become unbearable. Often a major event like a renovation project or buying or selling your home calls for a new floor. If you’re ready for an easy, low-cost, long-lasting laminate flooring upgrade, consider Designer Floor Planks from Swiss Krono USA. Here are just a few reasons why laminate flooring could be your best choice Offers warm, inviting feel of wood vs. carpeting. Face it, nothing looks and feels like wood floors. And since Swiss Krono USA laminate flooring products are made from real wood, you can update any room to a clean, stylish look quickly, easily, and affordably. More durable and less expensive vs. hardwoods. Laminate flooring lasts longer, installs easier, is more eco-friendly and, with its embossed grain finishes, impossible to tell apart from hardwoods. And laminate flooring prices are significantly lower per square foot. More resistant to wear and tear vs. luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Because laminate flooring is made from layers surrounding a core of high-density fiberboard, its rigidity and strength stand up better to everyday accidents, scratches and dropped objects. Get low-cost laminate flooring plus free samples, delivery and returns!   With the debut of the Swiss Krono USA Designer Planks Factory Outlet website, you can now get all the benefits of laminate flooring and save up to 30 percent by... Read More
Buying Laminate Flooring Online And Its Benefits

Buying Laminate Flooring Online And Its Benefits

How to Save Money on Laminate Flooring When You Buy Online Save Up TO 30% OFF You’ve decided it’s time to update a room or hallway in your home, and laminate wood flooring is an intriguing option. People often instinctively stick with the familiar — old hardwoods are replaced with fragile, new ones, or dingy carpet is replaced with soon-to-be dingy carpet — but you’re ready for an easy, low-cost, long-lasting upgrade. You can now save up to 30% on that upgrade with Designer Floor Planks by purchasing them online directly from the Swiss Krono USA’s Laminate Flooring Factory Outlet. You’ll get FREE samples, FREE delivery, and FREE returns — plus, installation is a snap. Our laminate wood flooring combines the beauty of hardwoods with a level of durability unmatched by most other flooring materials. The combination of elegant look and lasting finish makes laminate floors perfect for high-traffic areas like kitchens and hallways as well as high-style areas like dining and living rooms. Discover the Benefits of Laminate Wood Flooring Swiss Krono USA laminate flooring products are made from real wood in Barnwell, South Carolina, by some of the world’s best craftsmen. Several options offer a lifetime warranty, while the others come with 35-year warranties. All of our laminate floors resist damage from scratches, stains and sunlight. Our Designer Floor Planks feature a tongue-and-groove finish, so you can install them quickly with no sanding or curing time required. They’re light and easy to handle while installing … and no splinters! Not sure which Designer Floor Plank finish, color and style is best for your room upgrade? Order a... Read More
What Is Laminate Flooring and How Is It Made?

What Is Laminate Flooring and How Is It Made?

It’s an amazing manufacturing process by which four layers are fused together in a single press operation at high heat at over 300˚F using direct-pressure laminate (DPL) construction. DPL is the most typical fusing method used to manufacture residential laminate flooring. Let’s review each of the four layers starting with the bottom layer [labeled “D”]. Layer D: Backer paper At the base of every Swiss Krono laminate flooring plank is a bottom balancing layer that keeps the board straight. The backer seals the back of the laminate board so its dimensional stability isn’t compromised in any way, for example by moisture. Some Swiss Krono laminate planks have foam padding added, eliminating the need for an underlayment; underlayment or padding enhances the acoustical quality of the floors when you walk on it. Layer C: HDF core or board The core layer of Swiss Krono laminate flooring is high-density fiberboard (HDF). There is also medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which Swiss Krono does not use in the production of its laminate flooring planks. Both HDF and MDF are made from softwood fibers that are broken down, combined with a wax and resin binder, and formed into panels using heat and pressure. However, HDF offers superior stability and strength compared with MDF for the production of laminate flooring; it makes a better floor. During the manufacturing process, the HDF core will be milled to absolute, micron-precise tolerances. The edges of each plank will be cut to specific profiles to make them easily and consistently fit together for a snug, reliable installation according to one of four locking systems. The extreme micron-milling precision required for these locking systems... Read More
Wood Laminate or Luxury Vinyl Tile: Which Is Right for You?

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

Is Laminate Flooring The Right Choice? Save Up TO 30% OFF Laminate Flooring 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 Swiss Krono USA Designer Floor Planks and LVT are highly popular with homeowners. LVT is part of what is known as “resilient flooring” that also includes sheet-vinyl and rubber flooring. Let’s compare LVT and laminate flooring so you can decide which material 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, stone and other flooring types. Both are easier to maintain than wood or tile. 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 USA’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 from different materials. Laminate flooring is made of layers. The primary layer (the core) is made of high-density fiberboard... Read More
How to Decide Between Hardwood and Laminate Flooring

How to Decide Between Hardwood and Laminate Flooring

There comes a time in the flooring decision-making process when 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 wood laminate. Now, though, the debate is bit more complicated — mostly because laminate flooring options have become extremely attractive in a lot of ways. First of all, consider how much of your home’s flooring you’re 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. Matching an existing hardwood floor, however, is much easier said than done. But if other floors in your home aren’t 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 5 to 10 years or so depending on the amount of traffic or, in some cases, the destructive tendencies of 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 more... Read More
Our Laminate Flooring Is Healthier for Your Home and the Planet

Our Laminate Flooring 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 USA uses fresh pine harvested through ecologically sound forest thinning operations, which 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 also a much healthier floor to live with for years to come. Our Designer Floor Planks require 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. Laminate flooring focused on indoor air quality You’re not the only one concerned about indoor air quality. We are, too. In fact, we use absolutely no harmful substances — halogen,... Read More
Healthy Homes Start at the Floor

Healthy Homes Start at the Floor

For years now, we’ve been taking the recycling bin to the curb, buying organic food, and making a conscious effort to be less wasteful. But while many brands and consumers have been focused on doing what’s good for the planet, many of us have neglected to do what’s good for our own environments — the spaces inside our homes that we inhabit each and every day, for decades on end. Since its beginning, Swiss Krono USA has gone above and beyond to do what’s better for the planet. The fresh wood fibers used in the core of our planks is harvested through ecologically sound forest thinning operations. This minimizes our impact on the environment and gives you the look of exotic hardwoods without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. Efficiencies in our manufacturing process enable us to use almost every part of the tree, as well, creating less waste for the landfills. But unlike many other brands of laminate flooring, Swiss Krono also does what’s better for the indoors, helping the people who live on our floors to lead healthier lives. We avoid using any harmful substances, like halogen, chloride, PVC, PCB, or dioxin in the construction of our product. Plus, the decorative paper layer that gives our planks the look of real wood is printed using water-based, low volatile organic compound (VOC) inks. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs contribute to increased levels of indoor air pollution, which can cause everything from eye, nose, and throat irritation to central nervous system damage and even cancer. Laminate flooring that’s right for the Earth and our... Read More
The World’s Best Workers Make the Best Floors

The World’s Best Workers Make the Best Floors

Our modern, state-of-the-art plant in Barnwell, S.C., is an ideal location for accessing wood from sustainable-forest suppliers and for shipping our flooring efficiently. All Swiss Krono USA management, marketing, design, sales and customer service staff are based here. This is important for a two reasons: First, we’re employing American workers to perform well-paying, highly skilled jobs. American workers craft some of the best products in the world. And because we make floors for families to live on — some floors with as much as a lifetime warranty— we believe we need the best workers in the world to make the best floors in the world, like Swiss Krono’s new lines of Designer Floor Planks laminate flooring. Cheap laminate floors produced in third-world countries simply don’t meet the quality standards Americans have come to expect … and might not meet our safety standards. Second, we think it’s important to support the American economy. After all, a healthy economy means more consumer-spending power. When consumers have jobs and can keep their families housed and fed, they have extra money to spend on redecorating their homes and buying laminate flooring. We urge all consumers to verify where the products they are buying were made, then to buy American. It means quality and safety, and for some it means a job!... Read More
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.   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

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