Laminate flooring provides a really beautiful and exquisite finish for your floors. Unfortunately, it is also probably one of the most delicate flooring alternatives in the industry. If you’ve decided to go with laminate flooring, you’ll need to pay close attention to what you do especially if you are a DIYer. At this point, you probably already know that laminate flooring does not appreciate coming into contact with water on a regular basis. The challenge would thus be in getting to maintain the laminate boards where there is humidity.
The bad news
How well do you know your geographical region in terms of humidity levels? This is a question that you must be able to answer well before you commit to laminate flooring. Humidity causes your laminate boards to expand or shrink. When the level of humidity rises, the boards will expand and when it drops, the boards will shrink. This means that regardless of what is going on, there will be some alterations to your boards. The expansion could be tolerable if you’ve installed the right type of laminate boards and if you followed the instructions correctly. However, the shrinking can only expose gaps as the boards pull away from each other. This will cause your floors look rather bad.
The good news
• You can prepare your laminate boards
Acclimatization is a process by which you can get your boards to adjust to the humidity of your area before you actually install them. This often requires leaving the boards for up to 48 hours or even more so that they get accustomed to your humidity levels. With the exposure that they get during this acclimatization period, they will be able to expand or contract accordingly. This means that by the time you install them, they will be in their correct size.
Here, it pays to note that if your humidity goes above 60% or below 30%, your laminate boards will respond with the respective reaction. This means that you will have to schedule the acclimatization for a time when the humidity is either above 60% or below 30% so as to get the some response on the laminate boards.
• Do it like a pro DIYer
Installing laminate flooring is actually very simple, but that’s only if you know what you are doing. After preparing the boards through acclimatization, they will be in the right size and thus ready for installation. The humidity levels are however not consistent at all times. This means that they are likely to change and some point, thus altering the size of your laminate boards. This is why you need to make some special considerations with your installation. First, I hope you will be using laminate boards that employ the tongue in groove click to lock system.
This will have the boards fitting perfectly into each other for continuity and seamlessness. But if they start expanding, they will start pushing each other and eventually creating kinks on your floor. Also, they will start pushing against the walls. A pro DIYer would prevent this by allowing some space between the boards and the walls. This will give your floor the room to expand and contract without causing any significant kinks. Try leaving at least a quarter of an inch and your floors will stay perfect through the fluctuations in humidity.
Customizing your home usually entails making some informed choices that could strike others as risks. With all the information on how to go about it, however, you can be sure to install any kind of flooring that will work well for you. You can start by checking out our laminate flooring showroom in Mississauga for more inspiration on designs and color schemes that you may like.