Whether you have an active family or are trying find flooring that it easy to maintain, laminate can fit many flooring needs. For those wondering what a true laminate floor is, let us help! It’s really a combination of special resins paper layers, fiber core and a print film that are all fused together into a solid mass. Due to the structural make up, laminate flooring will not stain or fade from sunlight. It is also extremely impact resistant and offers a glueless locking system for a no mess installation. With a wide assortment of colors and patterns, laminate is a versatile option for any flooring project.
Sam’s Flooring carries the finest in laminate options, which can be floated over virtually any surface other than carpet. Laminate can be placed over existing ceramic tile, existing VAT (Vinyl Asbestos Tile), or anything you might have down that you aren’t currently satisfied with. Whether you prefer the rich looking ceramic tile appearance or the beauty of hardwood, Sam’s Flooring has the laminate that is right for you!
Laminate flooring has become a popular choice for many homeowners due to its ability to closely emulate today’s most popular hard surfaces, especially hardwood planks and ceramic or stone tiles. Besides the great textures and designs, laminate flooring offers improved durability, easier maintenance and affordability compared to other types of hard surface floors. These floors are extremely resistant to wear, stains and sunlight fading. The beautifully rich textured finishes make these floors a great alternative for most areas in the home.
Having arrived from Europe over a decade ago, laminate flooring was inspired by countertop materials, only it’s at least 20 times stronger. With a direct pressure laminate surface it is virtually impossible for spills and scuffs to leave a mark. The clear surface layer protects the pattern underneath and is highly resistant to cigarette burns and scratches from pets. Maintenance is quick and easy using a damp cloth or vacuum and most household cleaning chemicals will not harm a laminate floor. The surface is hygienic and is excellent for people suffering from allergies.
Specially engineered with layered construction, laminate flooring can be installed almost anywhere in the home, including over dry concrete slabs, wooden subfloors and many types of existing floor coverings. The low clearance space height means laminates are particularly suited for renovation and restoring old houses where floor thicknesses can be a problem.
Mohawk Laminate Flooring offers a wide selection of rich colors and designs in several different grades, including laminates with pre-attached underlayments to help deaden sound and keep the floor warmer and “embossed-in-register” designs in which the surface texture exactly matches the image texture for highly realistic look and feel of real hardwood, tile and stones styles.
Trims & Moldings
InstaForm moldings featuring Incizo technology
Finish your new Mohawk Laminate Floor with a complete line of moldings featuring quarter round, stair nosing and InstaForm moldings featuring Incizo technology. This revolutionary 4-in-1 profile makes it easy for customers to finish their Mohawk Laminate Floor. Use the special knife included in each package to quickly cut away what is not needed to turn your InstaForm piece into a square nose carpet reducer, hard surface reducer, or t-molding. Fewer moldings to inventory and on-site selection makes InstaForm moldings the preferred choice for flooring professionals.
Reducer Strip is used to create a smooth transition between two floors of different heights, as well as protect the planks exposed edge from damage caused by foot traffic.
T-Molding is used to bridge two areas of flooring that are the exact same height. The T-Molding overlaps the exposed edges of the floor and is secured only to the sub floor, never to the flooring itself. Generally this trim is used as the transition piece between rooms, or as the expansion piece for areas that exceed 30 feet in length.
Universal Edge is also called a Square Nosing and is used where the laminate flooring butts up to carpeting, or various vertical surfaces where the edge will be exposed, such as along a fireplace.
Mohawk Mono-Trak™ is used with some of the wood trim moldings to alleviate the need to nail the moldings directly to the subfloor. Mohawk’s Mono-Trak™ system makes installing the trim easy and will help ensure the proper expansion gaps are always maintained between the end of the floor planks and the trim pieces. Used with InstaForm profiles only.
These additional moldings are also available.
Overlapping Stair Nosing is similar to a flush stair nosing except the nosing overlaps the exposed edge of the floor. The overlapping stair nosing is secured to the sub floor and not to the laminate floor so the floor is free to move. Never butt the nosing tightly to the laminate flooring.
Quarter Round gives the floor a finished look and protects the edges of the laminate flooring. Never secure the quarter round to the laminate flooring. Instead, the quarter round should always be attached to the vertical wall.
Bullnose An alternative to quarter round are Bullnose moldings, which finish a tile floor by the wall much like a ceramic or stone floor would. Also available in select wood finishes, a bull nose is a much more grand way frame the floor, much like a base board would. Bullnose moldings should be attached to the wall, not the floor, to provide adequate expansion.
Mohawk Laminate InstaClic Glueless Installation Systems
Mohawk Laminate Floors combine beautiful styling, textures and colors with the 100% Unilin® InstaClic laminate technology, the premier glueless locking system.
The patented INSTACLIC glueless locking system means fast and easy installation. No glue is necessary. Boards slip easily into place – at an angle – or slide together with a snap. And with INSTACLIC construction on all four sides of a panel, there is always secure locking action, even when space gets tight.
GenuEdge–Superior Realism for Laminate
Mohawk’s new GenuEdge Technology features the most realistic hardwood looks ever seen in laminate flooring. This superior visual effect is achieved through an innovative process that allows the paper to roll over the edges of the laminate plank, just like with real hardwood. This innovative process combined with gorgeous paper designs and Mohawk’s quality, direct pressure laminate technique makes these laminates the closest thing to real hardwood you will find!
Technology Attributes Include:
- True Hardwood Edge: Our revolutionary new design allows the design and color to roll over the edge, just like hardwood
- Superior Realism: Advanced surface technology creates the best registered embossed designs ever seen in laminate flooring
- Easy Maintenance: Dust and dirt don’t get trapped in the edges, like in wide bevel laminate floors
Care and Maintenance
The Do’s and Don’ts of Laminate Care
Mohawk laminates are specially designed to be easy-care, low maintenance floors. Following these general guidelines will help maintain their strength and prolong their beautiful appearance Here’s some helpful Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind when treating your Mohawk Laminate Flooring:
- Do dust-mop and vacuum your floor frequently, especially in high-traffic areas; only use a vacuum with a soft bristle brush.
- Do keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
- Do use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight, and rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help your floor age evenly.
- Do remove shoes with spiked or damaged heels before walking on floor.
- Do avoid exposure to water as much as possible during inclement weather.
- Do not wet-mop or clean your floor with water or other liquid; for slightly damp maintenance, lightly spray laminate cleaner on a duster and wipe dry immediately.
- Do not use any type of cleaning machine such as spray mops, steam cleaners/mops, power cleaners or buffing machines.
- Do not use wax, polish, oils, soaps, detergents, shine enhancers, varnish, silicon or ammonia to clean floor.
- Do not use harsh cleaning aids such as steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal or scouring powders.
- Do not use 2-in-1 cleaners with polish that may contain acrylics or urethane polish to restore gloss.
A Clean Routine
Vacuum or sweep with a soft-bristle broom regularly, especially before using floor cleaners, to prevent gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the floor’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. Wipe up spills and spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth. Carefully remove stubborn stains such as paint, oil, markers, lipstick and tar with an acetone-based fingernail polish remover. Use ice to harden tough substances such as candle wax or chewing gum and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Floor Mats Protect Your Floors
High-quality floor mats at entrances and exits are key to reducing laminate wear. They collect and trap all the corrosive substances that can be tracked in from outdoors, including dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or even driveway sealer. Also use mats in areas of constant pressure, such as in front of vanities, kitchen sinks and stoves.
Protective Pads On Furniture — A Good Idea
Attach felt or similar protective pads to all furniture legs, particularly heavy pieces. When you’re moving furniture, appliances or other heavy objects, use a dolly; never slide or roll anything across the floor. If furniture has hard plastic or metal casters/wheels, use protective mats underneath or replace them with soft rubber casters.