Anthony Palandro has been in the
floor covering industry since 1972. He works as an installer, inspector,
consultant and expert witness. He is currently the instructor for the NALFA Installer
Certification School. Since 1998, Anthony has been working as an
installation instructor for Bayard Sales, a local Philadelphia flooring distributor, as well as
for Pergo and Kahrs Wood Floors.
flooring is designed to “float,” which means it can be installed without the
use of nails or glue, over virtually any type of subfloor. The laminate planks are assembled using a
strong mechanical locking system to create a beautiful finished floor.
an installer, you are often faced with installations that can be more
challenging than others. The following
kitchen installation has several factors that can be solved with proper
installation techniques, which can be learned and practiced in an installation
Laminate flooring is built for today’s active lifestyle and
is a great solution for high-traffic areas.
It is designed with a tough and durable wear layer, which makes it
stronger than other flooring options.
However, accidents happen, and while it is durable, a plank might need
to be repaired. The most common repair
for damaged laminate flooring is plank replacement, and floating laminate
floors offer the advantage of the ability to replace planks-even a plank in the
middle of the floor can be removed and a new plank put in its place.
As laminate flooring continues to
gain in popularity, the need for proper installations grows in importance. For
peace of mind, a laminate floor certified to NALFA standards is a good place to
start. These brands can easily be
referenced at www.nalfa.com.
experience teaching professional installers and also my years of installing, I
have found there are several common mistakes that might occur during
installations. Fortunately, these
mistakes are easy to avoid.