Is laminate flooring good in a home with pets?

Laminate flooring construction ensures a very durable surface able to withstand scratches from even the most active pets. But sometimes scratches happen. When they do, use a laminate floor repair kit available at your flooring retailer.

How do I replace one plank of my flooring due to damage?

Glueless laminate boards are designed to come apart and reassembled without losing joint integrity. If you need to replace a damaged plank, take apart the flooring one row at a time. Stack the loose boards in the order of removal so they’re easier to reinstall. Replace the damaged board with a piece from the edge of the original installation. Use a new board to complete the edge. That way, you won’t notice any color difference. It’s a good idea to keep extra boards on hand in case of damage.

Does board thickness matter?

Laminate flooring planks typically range from 7 millimeters (0.27 in.) to 12 millimeters (0.43 in.) in thicknesses. While thickness doesn’t necessarily determine dent resistance, a thicker plank will help prevent bends in the floor that can occur if the subfloor is not completely level. Thicker boards also help reduce noise.

Can I install laminate flooring over radiant heat?

Laminate flooring works well with a radiant heating system because it’s relatively thin, dense and conducts heat well. The quality of the product can affect its compatibility with radiant systems — be sure to check with the manufacturer for guidance.

Can laminate flooring be installed on steps?

Yes, laminate flooring can be installed on steps but the planks should be glued down instead of floating.