Wood Laminate Flooring Accessories

Roberta Wilson By Roberta Wilson, 20th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you’ve decided to install wood laminate flooring in the home, it’s a great decision that you won’t regret, as laminate offers an array of benefits that other floors simply don’t have. It’s comfortable, easy to care for and rivals the look of hardwood.

Wood Laminate Flooring Accessories

If you’ve decided to install wood laminate flooring in the home, it’s a great decision that you won’t regret, as laminate offers an array of benefits that other floors simply don’t have. It’s comfortable, easy to care for and rivals the look of hardwood. Laminate is durable, resistant to moisture and scratches and is cost effective. With no need to call in the professionals, you can carry out the installation on your own, leaving more money to splurge on the floor itself.

What many homeowners don’t realize is that there’s more to laminate that what meets the eye. For a successful installation that has all the bells and whistles, you’ll need to be familiar with the various accessories that are beneficial to any wood laminate flooring project. While not all of these accessories are always necessary, they will take your DIY project to the next level and offer the professional finish that others will envy.

NALFA recommends that you check with the manufacturer’s accessories to see what they offer, as these products will best match and complement your laminate. While shopping around for the best prices and deals is often helpful, in this case it’s best to stick with one brand so that you can ensure the proper fit and style. Many of us have already learned the hard way that Honey Oak or Cherry Spice will look very different across brands.

The first essential accessory is underlayment. The type of underlayment that you choose will be based on the subfloor that you have, as well the features you’re looking for. For example, if sound and shock absorption are important to you, you’ll need a thicker underlayment that will serve these purposes. If you require added protection from moisture, you’ll need an underlayment that has a moisture barrier. The different types of underlayment according to The Laminate Flooring Guide includes the following: Damp Proof Membrane, Foam Underlay, Combi Foam Underlay, Board Underlay and Sound and DPM Underlay.

Other essential accessories include trim and molding. These pieces are available in plenty of sizes and shapes to complement what’s already in your home. Trim and moldings are used around the perimeter of the room to cover the gaps between the flooring and the wall, as well as used to cover up gaps around edges. You don’t always have to replace the trim; although you’ll probably want to if you take off the old trim. It’s always best to match the trim to the color of the laminate for a uniform and professional appearance.

Transition pieces may also be necessary and are used when the laminate meets with flooring from another room. In order to create a seamless look, you can use T-molding trim, a carpet transition or a hard surface transition. These pieces are also available in numerous colors and materials in order to match the flooring at hand. If you’re installing wood laminate flooring on stairs, stair nose molding will come in handy for concealing the two edges of the laminate that meet together.

Since installing hardwood laminate flooring isn’t exactly foolproof, you may want to have a repair kit and sealant on hand. For severe damages, your only choice may be to replace the damaged board, but for smaller scratches and dents, a repair kit can come in handy. Repair kits generally include a spatula, repair paste and pigment. The pigment will vary from light to dark so that it can accommodate all stain colors. Sealants are acrylic-based solutions that protect the floors and come in different colors to match the laminate.

Don’t forget other accessories that will help protect your wood laminate flooring such as floor protectors that go underneath chairs and furniture, floor mats to be placed over high traffic areas and rubber castor caps that are perfect for wheeled furnishings. By taking the time to evaluate all of the necessary laminate flooring accessories, you can have a more complete, professional project on your hands, as well as a realistic budget in mind.

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Flooring, Installing Wood Floor Laminate, Wood Laminate Flooring Accessories

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