Laminate flooring is a great choice for all the running around, eating and playing that happens in our basement. Toys have been dropped, popcorn has been spilled and Nerf Gun bullets have been blasted on our laminate floors. Our basement floors have to withstand an enormous amount of action!
Laminate flooring is manufactured but looks like wood.
I love looking at all the different colours, but thickness and whether it is click-lock are very important considerations.
There is a huge selection of laminate flooring to choose from in Ottawa. Buying cheaper laminate is not always better. North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) is a label you should look at when buying laminate flooring. Products with this designation basically mean that they go through super stringent tests and meet or exceed formaldehyde emissions testing. These are the safest laminates to buy. The label CARB2 on a laminate box means that the product is manufactured anywhere (China) and has passed inspection for compliance with formaldehyde use.
Barwood Flooring in Ottawa sells NALFA designated laminates. We have bought from Barwood Flooring in the past and were pleased with their product.
- Make sure the floor is clean and dust free
- If you are replacing an existing floor remove the shoe moulding
- Lay a vapour barrier down
- Put under padding down if your laminate does not have it on the backside
According to Scott “line it up and get it straight.”
See you Monday!