Instead it is held down or secured around the edges of the room - the base molding/shoe molding and transitions. This is often used if it is going over an existing floor or on top of cement - more about this later. Now, because the floor is floated and not secured to the floor there tends to be a bit more movement in the floor - you especially see and hear this in laminate floors and its more noticeable if it was poorly installed.
You cannot refinish or sand it so if it becomes scratched, chipped, or starts to peak in the corners you have to replace it. Although laminate flooring is hard it still makes noise when someone walks on it. The one disadvantage it has over wood flooring is that it has a shorter life span and could lower the resale value of your home. Even if you are experiencing problems with your laminate flooring, some things can be done to overcome these problems. When installing laminate flooring make sure that you do not use it in the basement, laundry areas, or bathroom.
Even though laminate flooring has many advantages, there are some problems with this type of flooring that simply cannot be ignored and some that can. Some people do not like it because it is not real wood even though it can look like wood. If the flooring is installed in areas where it is constantly exposed to water it can lead to the distortion of the floor. It has a tendency to warp due to pressure and heat.
Engineered hardwood flooring is also resistant to temperature change. One of the problems you may experience with tiles or even solid wood flooring is that it expands and contracts with the temperature changes. With tiles this can lead to cracking, but with wood it can result in warping, which means unstable floors which will need replacing sooner rather than later.
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