Laminate Floors: A Quality Alternative
We offer laminate flooring options that provide a quality alternative to natural hardwoods. These modern laminates feature a wear surface that resist scratching, denting, and burns better than many existing products. We also offer extended product warranties to back up these claims of superior performance. Ask your Costen Floors consultant for more information about the advantages of laminates.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF A LAMINATE FLOOR?
- Laminates offer a popular trade-off for people wanting wood or ceramic.
- A wide range of wood grain patterns are available, offering the look of hardwood.
- Other laminate styling options resemble natural stone like you would find in ceramic tile.
- Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than most regular hardwood finishes and easier to clean than the grout lines associated with ceramic tile installations.
- Laminates require less demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directly to the subfloor. Most of these products are glued or snapped together over foam padding.
- Custom floor design is also very easily done with products that offer planks and squares that mix and match together
IS LAMINATE FLOORING A GOOD OPTION IN AREAS THAT COULD BECOME WET?
- Many of the products are okay for wet areas, but remember that the core of your laminate is made of wood fiber.
- Look for products that have warranties that cover water damage.
- All manufacturers will insist on proper installation to qualify for coverage.
WHAT TYPES OF FINISHING TOUCHES ARE AVAILABLE?
- Reducer strips, stairnose, and even air vents are available that either match or coordinate with laminate flooring. Ask your Costen Floors consultant for details.
TIPS FOR LAMINATE SURFACES
- Use a dust mop, soft bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with suction only (no beater bar or with the beater bar disengaged) to remove dust, dirt and loose particulate on a regular basis. For slightly damp cleaning, spray a laminate cleaner onto a cotton, terrycloth, or microfiber mop. Avoid wet-mop cleaning with water or liquid cleaners.
- Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly. During inclement weather, avoid exposing your flooring to water as much as possible.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE
- Carefully remove stubborn stains (like paint, oil, tar, or markers) with acetone-based fingernail polish remover.
- Wipe up spills and spots immediately with laminate cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth.
- Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
- Invest in high-quality floor mats and protective pads under heavy furniture for an extra layer of protection on your laminate floors. Place floor mats at entrances and exits—they collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Placing mats in high-traffic areas—in front of vanities, kitchen sinks, and stoves—is an effective way to reduce wear.
WHAT TO AVOID
- Wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, or varnish shouldn’t be used on laminate.
- Applying cleaner directly to the surface of the laminate can cause staining—lightly spray it on a cleaning cloth or damp mop instead.
- Avoid cleaning machines like spray mops, steam cleaners or mops, or power cleaners.
- Always avoid mopping with water and dry up any water spills immediately.