Laminate Flooring FAQs

What are the differences between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring?

Laminate flooring is synthetic flooring produced by combining multi-layer of resin and fiberboard as it’s core material. The photographic layer is what gives laminate floor the appearance of close resemblance to wood flooring.

Unlike laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring is manufactured from real wood. It normally has several plywood layers.

In terms of price, engineered wood flooring is more expensive than laminate flooring due to higher material costs. Engineered wood flooring also provides better resale value on property.

Where can I install laminate flooring?

As laminate flooring is extremely versatile and durable, it can be installed literally any room in the house.

It is commonly installed in living room, bedroom, hallway, stairs, dining room, kitchen and commercial areas like retail shops, restaurant and gym.

Laminate flooring with special features and installation procedures can also be installed at high moisture areas like bathrooms. But do remember to avoid standing water on the floor for a long period of time.

Laminate flooring can also be installed over existing floor or sub-floor like concrete and wood surfaces.

What is floating floor?

Floating floor is never a type of floor. Instead, it refers to the method of floor installation. The word floating means floor boards are not fastened to the sub-floor with glue or nail.

It is also sometimes called glue-less or click-lock floor. Laminate flooring is floating floor as floor boards are joined together using interlocking system.

How to clean laminate flooring?

Cleaning laminate flooring is easy. Use only soft brush or broom while sweeping the floor. If you wish to vacuum the floor, make sure to remove attachment like beater bar. Any hard and stiff tools may potentially scratch your floor.

You may damp mop the floor and dry the surface with cloth. Do not use excessive water while mopping the floor. Avoid using strong cleaning agent like soap-based detergent while mopping your floor.

Never use scouring pads or steel wool while cleaning. Wax, polish and steam cleaning are not suitable to be use on laminate flooring as this could lead to severe damaging.

What does AC rating of laminate flooring means?

AC rating is measurement of hardness standardized by Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (ELPF). It measures rate of resistance towards abrasions, impact, stains and cigarette burns.

Laminate flooring with highest AC rating is able to sustain high traffic commercial application whilst laminate flooring with lowest AC rating is only for light usage.

AC 5 – Very durable. Best for heavy commercial usage and areas with high foot traffic including crowded areas and department stores.

AC 4 – Durable and perform well under slightly busy commercial areas like retail shops, restaurants and offices.

AC 3 – Suitable for general residential and light commercial application such as cafe and individual office room.

AC 2 – Suitable for common areas of residential application. Not recommended for commercial usage.

AC 1 – Recommend only for areas with low foot traffic like guest rooms or bed rooms.

Vinyl Flooring

What are the differences between vinyl flooring and laminate flooring?

Both vinyl flooring and laminate flooring are synthetic floor products. Laminate flooring uses fiberboard as it’s core material whist vinyl flooring does not contain any wood derivative material in it.

Due to this matter, laminate flooring without waterproof feature is susceptible to water damage as the fiberboard core tends to swell when contacted with water. Vinyl flooring however is made of 100% PVC and does not has any problems caused by wood derivatives.

Vinyl flooring is waterproof, more flexible and resilient than laminate flooring. It can be installed in several methods like glue-down, loose lay and click-lock. Laminate flooring normally installed by using floating system.

Where can I install vinyl flooring?

Being resilient and versatile, vinyl flooring is suitable for various setting and application.

As vinyl flooring is waterproof, it became a popular choice for bathroom and kitchen flooring. Depends on the installation method, some glue-down vinyl flooring are less favorable to wet areas as moisture may weaken the adhesive bond of glue.

Vinyl flooring is also suitable to be installed at living room, dining room, bedroom, retail shops, restaurants, cafes, offices and fitness centers.

It can be installed over existing flooring like concrete and hardwood floor but not on carpet or chip board floor.

Will color of vinyl flooring faded?

Depends on the area where vinyl flooring is installed. Color of vinyl flooring normally does not change or fade off easily. Unless it is prolong exposed to sunlight, the color will be slightly faded.

Avoid direct UV contact by closing the curtains, drapes or blinds to protect your vinyl flooring.

Will vinyl planks from the same box look alike?

Most manufacturers do not produce identical vinyl planks in the same box to avoid looking fake where every plank looks exactly the same.

Vinyl flooring with arrangement of various plank patterns is the key to make flooring looks natural.

Can I mop or walk on vinyl flooring immediately after installation?

For better curing of adhesive, it is not recommended to mop or walk on vinyl flooring right after installation. Instead, allow at least 24 hours for adhesive to set completely.

To prevent damages caused by moisture on any uncured adhesive, wait for 3 to 5 days after installation before thoroughly mop the floor.

Outdoor Flooring

What is WPC decking?

WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite. It is a environmental friendly outdoor decking manufactured using recycled plastic, sawdust and wood fibers as raw material.

It is rather common to be called WPC decking or composite decking.

What are the differences between WPC decking and wood decking?

Even though WPC decking is artificial product, it is a greener option compared to wood decking as it uses recycled materials.

WPC decking is robust, waterproof, anti-termite and weather resistant without fading off easily. WPC decking do not crack or splinter like wood decking which make it last longer.

Unlike wood decking, WPC decking is easier to clean and maintain without having to sand, varnish and tint.

How to clean and maintain WPC decking?

Cleaning can be done by sweeping and mopping regularly. If pressure washer is used, make sure not to direct nozzle too close to the surface. Pressure used should set below 1500 psi to prevent deck boards being damaged by high pressure.

Unclog leaves, debris and dust between the gap of deck boards by using spatula or plastic gardening tools that will not scratch or damage the surface. Avoid using metal tools like metal rake and shovel.

Place awning or screen to further protect your decking from direct UV lights.

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