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Laminate Flooring

Flooring Type - Laminate

Some laminate floor types can withstand hot and cold climates as well as changes in humidity. These types include high pressure laminate (HPL) and laminate that has an Abrasion Class (AC) Rating of AC3, AC4 or AC5. (To learn more about AC Ratings and high pressure laminate, check out our Laminate Flooring section).

Pros

  • Moderate climates are best, however stronger laminate types (such as HPL) can endure extreme conditions without expanding or contracting
  • Can be installed below grade, on grade, or above grade (grade = ground level)
  • Superior resistance to scratching and fading compared to other types of flooring

Cons

  • Weaker laminate types may contract or expand in extreme temperatures or humidity
  • May swell or warp under pooled liquid or standing water

Laminate Flooring Climate Tips

  • Protect your subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment, such as cork or foam rubber
  • Acclimate laminate floors to the area before installing (as recommended by the manufacturer)
  • Have seams properly sealed to prevent liquid from seeping in and damaging the floor and/or subfloor
  • When installing laminate flooring, leave the recommended expansion gap at the edges of the room and around any fixtures (such as radiator or fireplace)