Laminate flooring used to be the poor man's hardwood flooring solution. That is, it was until snap-together laminate flooring was created. Now, you can not only save money on installing a wood floor that looks just like hardwood but, also, save a lot of money on installation costs by doing it yourself. Here are some more advantages that snap-together laminate flooring has over traditional laminate.
No Fasteners, Glues, or Epoxies Needed
Traditional laminate is typically installed over a bared floor substructure. It slides together, piece by piece, and is adhered in place with very small brads (nails), glue or flooring epoxy, depending on the installation contractor's preference. However, snap-together laminate flooring uses bigger pieces or tiles that are made to look like several smaller boards assembled together. These boards or "tiles" have a dove-tailed edge all the way around that fits together with other "tiles" in a package of snap-together laminate. Instead of trying to piece the floor together like a puzzle or brick wall, the snap-together version just glides into place and locks each piece together will a little pressure.
No Bared Sub-Floor Needed
In most instances where you might have traditional laminate flooring installed, the flooring you currently have has to be ripped up and removed to reveal the sub-floor beneath. That is a costly and time-consuming job, regardless of whether you do it or your flooring contractor does it. If you use snap-together laminate instead, you do not need to rip up the current flooring, regardless of what type it is. (Some people will rip up carpeting if the carpeting is especially filthy or smelly, but you could install snap-together laminate over the top of carpet as well.) When strips of snap-together meet opposing walls and are tightly compressed, the effect is added strength from most other wood or tile floors underneath, while carpeting almost creates a floating, sound-proof floor.
No Cutting or Trimming Needed Either
Edge strips that are already equipped with the dove-tailed joints are frequently sold separately from the snap-together tiles. The edge strips have one side that does not have a dovetail joint so that you can place them along the edges of the walls as the beginning braces for the rest of the floor. The edge strips are sold in a multitude of pre-cut sizes so that you do not have to stop and cut your own. A flooring expert (such as one from Lockwoods Carpets) can help you figure out what size of edging strips and tiles you need so that you do not have to cut or trim anything to complete your floor.