Published at Saturday, 02 February 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
Laminate flooring is incredibly durable, with high stain and fade resistance. These hard surface floors are easy to clean and maintain, as the wear and moisture-resistant surface makes spills and other messes no bother to clean up. Wide planks, bold colors and textures, and exotic species are all hot trends at the moment. And, for the environmentally-conscious consumer, laminate wood flooring is always an environmentally-friendly product for your home.
Not all species and cuts of wood will adapt well to a radiant retrofit. Most vulnerable are soft woods like pine and hickory, especially if they are flat-sawn. If you are installing new flooring over radiant, opt for strip flooring rather than plank, and allow plenty of time for the wood to acclimate to the setting. Installing wood flooring with a high percentage of residual moisture over radiant heat can lead to early failure. For best results, look for a radiant product that puts out heat at a low, gentle setting, such as a low-voltage membrane.
Use a professional floor filler, such as Dependable, to fill and smooth out joints in the plywood before installing the new floor. If there is not at least ½" of clearance between the existing floor and the bottom of your cabinets, you may be a candidate for a floating floor. Once the subfloor is smooth, level, and dry, you are ready to plan the layout. If you envision a more ambitious floor—using tile in historically correct 9" x 9" squares or with an inlay design, for instance—you may want to opt for sheet goods to minimize waste.
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