Laminate tile flooring is a relatively new product available for floor covering in the home. This simple system for laying floor tiling has, in fact, taken the country by storm. The interlocking laminate tile flooring system is easy to put together over any existing sub floor. In addition, it is easy to care for and to maintain.
A Closer Look at Laminate Tile
Laminate floor tiling comes in sections of interlocking tongue and groove pieces. These pieces lock together easily and can be placed directly over a concrete slab, a wood sub floor, a vinyl floor, or any other type of floor. The laminate tile flooring does not actually attach to the floor beneath. Instead, it floats above the previously existing floor.
Depending on the laminate tile flooring, you may need to first lay down a special polyurethane padding. Many types of laminate tile flooring, however, can now be purchased that do not require this special padding to be laid down first.
The laminate tile flooring that requires padding to be laid also needs to be glued when installed. The glue only needs to be placed between the tongue and grove to keep it in place and to seal moisture out from the planks.
The padding is simply laid to prevent the glue from sticking to the sub floor. Laminate tile flooring that does not require the padding also does not need to be glued together.
Advantages of Laminate Tile Flooring
Aside from its ease of installation, laminate tile flooring has many additional benefits. First of all, laminate tile flooring is resistant to scratching and denting. It even resists fading from sunlight and being burned by cigarettes.
Laminate tile flooring can be a less expensive alternative to natural flooring options, such as hardwood flooring. Laminate tile flooring is also versatile and can be installed safely in any room in the house.
In addition, laminate tile flooring is easy to care for. It can be vacuumed and dusted and easily wiped down with a simple solution of vinegar and water.
Also, the floating characteristic of laminate tile flooring allows the floor to expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. At the same time, it provides a solid and attractive floor that will last for many years.