Laminate flooring provides beautiful surfaces that boast a phenomenal mixture of design and style options with superior durability, simple maintenance and a straightforward installation process. 651 Carpets proudly carries Mohawk brand flooring, as Mohawk has been consistently recognized as a leader and pioneer within the industry. Mohawk floors are created using continually advancing technologies that create an incredibly authentic-looking and long-lasting solution. Throughout our 20 years of selling Mohawk laminate, there have been no warranty call-backs, in fact, one of our very first Minneapolis – St. Paul customers stopped in after 18 years to tell us that her Mohawk floor still looks brand new.
Laminate is engineered to devotedly reproduce the look of wood, stone and other natural element floors. Mohawk offers exceptional flooring options for your home or business. You have likely seen or noted the beauty of this option without realizing that it wasn’t the “real thing.”
Laminate Flooring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Why should I consider laminate flooring?
It has so many advantages that it is difficult to try to summarize them. We tried to highlight some of the top benefits of having 651 Carpets install flooring for your home or business:
It is visually stunning. Mohawk flawlessly duplicates the patterns found in hardwood, stone, slate and ceramic, creating floors that are so beautiful that they are sure to capture the attention of your guests and customers. Mohawk’s line “Barrington” provides an exceptionally high-gloss finish that glistens with a welcoming warmth.
It is cost-effective. It provides an affordable solution to replicate with precise detail the look, feel and texture of higher price-point floors like hardwood, stone and natural minerals. Mohawk also utilizes a glue-less locking system that eliminates the expense of adhesives from your budget.
It is easy to clean. It is incredibly easy to keep shining and clean. No more time worrying about waxing and buffing products for the various floors in your home. The dirt, grime and dust that gets caught in the grooves and grout of traditional flooring and requires extensive scrubbing and cleaning efforts? Say goodbye to that. Mohawk’s patented technology guarantees that cleaning your floors is as simple as wiping up a spill or whisking away the dirt with a broom. It really is that easy.
It is durable. Mohawk’s ScratchGuard Advanced Finished Protection infuses aluminum crystals into the top layer of their flooring, which provides an incredible barrier to abrasions and blemishes that occur as the result of an active household. Unlike hardwood flooring, which can easily be scratched or dented, laminate flooring is nearly impervious to these types of flaws. Even the highest-traffic areas of the busiest home or office are certain to remain shining and scratch free thanks to the patented protective design of Mohawk’s flooring.
There are endless design options. It provides countless design and style options to suit the needs of the most eclectic individual. In addition to endless color and pattern selections, Mohawk also offers planks that vary in width and length to impeccably render the vision that is desired by home and business owners.
It is eco-friendly. As an industry leader, Mohawk demonstrates forward-thinking in all realms of their business, including how their product can benefit the environment. Mohawk’s laminate is created from 74 percent pre-consumer recycled materials, diverting 680 million pounds of waste from landfills throughout the United States. One billion pounds of wood is recycled annually by Mohawk in the creation of their solutions. Additionally, unlike real hardwood, laminate flooring doesn’t contain any defects like knots or dents, which eliminates waste that would otherwise need to be thrown away.
Moisture Resistant: Mohawk’s laminate flooring is the perfect solution for high-moisture rooms like bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Their patented technology seals out water, protecting the subfloors of your Minneapolis – St. Paul home or business with ease.
Health Benefits: Mohawk’s laminate flooring provides a healthy alternative to flooring like carpeting or hardwood that absorbs dust and moisture. People with allergies will certainly appreciate the highly sanitary solution afforded by laminate due to its’ unique airtight locking system and protective barriers that prevent allergens, pollen, moisture and dust from settling into the floors of their homes or businesses.
Simple Installation: Featuring UniClic technology, Mohawk laminate floors provide the industry’s ultimate glue-less locking system. This click-lock design requires a simple swipe of a damp cloth to activate it, creating a sturdy and stable connection for the tongue and groove shaped pieces. Mohawk’s laminates are always guaranteed with a lifetime locking system warranty.
Mohawk laminates provide simple maintenance and upkeep, incredible value, rugged durability, stunning replications and simple installation that perfectly mesh functionality and beauty. Their eco-friendly products assure that the oak, hickory, maple and rosewood laminate floors are as sustainable as they are stylish.
What styles of laminate flooring does 651 Carpets offer?
No matter the style or design that you are looking for in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Mohawk can provide a laminate solution that is budget-friendly and durable.
Can laminate flooring be installed anywhere in the house?
Of course it can. Laminate flooring is the next big thing when it comes to home flooring in Minneapolis – St. Paul. It can be installed anywhere in the house. However, you must ensure that the subfloor is clean, flat, dry and sound. It is also possible to install laminate flooring on top of existing concrete, wood, vinyl or ceramic tile. You should not install laminate over another floating surface, wet surfaces or carpets.
How is laminate flooring made?
To ensure that it has better durability properties, it comes with four layers:
• Wear layer. This is the top layer. It acts as a protection cover against scratches, stains, scuffs and fading.
• Design layer. Just as the name suggests, this layer carries the photographic design/image of the floor. It can be of wood, stone or more.
• Inner core. It comes with a plastic resin which ensures that the floor is flat and stable at all times.
• Backing. This is the bottom layer and prevents the floor from warping by creating a moisture barrier.
Is there a difference between a laminate floor and a real wood floor?
The major difference between the two is that a laminate floor is not made from wood. Rather, it is a photograph of stone or wood pattern which is adhered to a high-density fiber-board core. Its top layer is usually made of a protective finish material. High-quality laminate floors are not dented or scratched easily. When worn out, it must be replaced. Due to their resistance to stains, laminate floors are installed in high-trafficked areas such as kitchens.
On the other hand, wood flooring is made from real wood. They are durable but not as good as laminate floors. The main advantage these floors have over laminate floors is that they can be refinished or sanded when worn out.
What are moisture or vapor barriers?
Vapor or moisture barriers are films made from synthetic materials such as polyethylene. These barriers act as insulators which prevent moisture from the subsurface floor from damaging the laminate floor. You must install them on mineral subfloors such as asphalt, concrete and stone.
Can laminate flooring be installed on the stairs?
Yes they can. However, you should use a strong adhesive when gluing it to the steps. In addition, you should allow the glue to dry completely before walking on the steps. If you desire to add transitions or moldings, they should be nailed to the steps.
Are laminate floorings DIY friendly?
High-quality laminate flooring is very easy to install and can be done by anyone. In fact, you can carry out the installation during the weekend. If the house is too big, you might consider asking for a hand from a friend.
Are laminate floors good for pets?
As mentioned, they are not only durable; they are designed to withstand scuffs and scratches. This implies that they are ideal for homes with pets. However, you should keep your pet’s nails trimmed and wipe up spills instantly. In your pet does create damage, you can replace the tile and not the whole flooring.
Which precautions should I take before installing a laminate flooring?
• Ensure that your laminate flooring panels have no defects.
• Give your laminate flooring some time to get accustomed to the room where installation will take place. A period of at least 48 hours is recommended.
• Ensure that the subfloor is dry and flat.
• The room temperature should be at least 15 Degrees Celsius and the floor temperature is at least 59 F during and after installation (72 hours).
• Go through the manufacturer’s installation instructions before starting the project.
Can I repair a damaged laminate floor?
Repairing damaged flooring depends on the level of damage. If there are a few scratches or nicks, you can cover them up using a color-matched kit. On the other hand, you can always replace the damaged plank and not the entire floor. If you desire major repairs, always contact a flooring professional.
What tools do I need to install the floor?
Installation tools will vary from floor to floor. However, the most common tools are; a tape measure, a utility knife, tapping block, hammer, circular saw, spacers, pull bars and spirit level.
What type of cleaner should I use on laminate?
The best floor cleaner should not contain any oil or waxes. This is because wax and oil based cleaners cannot penetrate the bonded surface. In addition, they tend to lie on top of the floor in form of a greasy film. This film results in footmarks as one walks across the floor and smears when cleaning.
Can I walk on the floor immediately after installation?
If your floor is glue-less, you can do almost anything on it, including moving furniture. However, if you have used glue to adhere panels to the subfloor, you should refer to manufacturer’s instructions on how long you have to wait.
Is it easy to maintain laminate floors?
Due to their stain resistance properties, they are very easy to maintain. Just like any other floor, you should wipe spills and prevent accumulation of excess of water on the floor. Generally, you should sweep or vacuum clean the floor regularly. You might also use a cleaner if need arises.
How long does a laminate floor last?
This will depend on the manufacturer. However, most manufacturer warranties vary from 10 to 25 years. With great care, they can go for a very long time without the need for replacement.
What if I don’t get the first row straight during installation?
If your first row isn’t straight, the entire flooring will be flawed. No matter how close you are to perfection, you shouldn’t continue with the installation. Remember, small flaws on your first row will continue to magnify as you continue. Here, you should contact our Minneapolis – St. Paul professionals.
Are underlayments important during laminate installation?
Underlayments are highly recommended as they minimize sound transmission on the flooring. At times, laminate flooring can be louder than other floor types.