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For laminate wood, Engineered wood and Vinyl flooring

Q: My room is 400 square feet, but we’re being told to order 450 square feet of flooring. Is this really necessary?

Yes. As a general rule, you should plan to order 10% more flooring than is needed for the installation.  Much of the material will be cut to fit the exact space, and once the boards are cut, they likely cannot be used elsewhere in the room because the end tongue or groove will have been removed. Once that happens, that board can no longer adjoin with another board, so there is some waste involved.  

You may need to order slightly more or less depending on the room. For example, if you need to work around stairs, a bay window, a fireplace, and a closet, you may need to have more than 10%, but if the room is square with no interruptions, less than 10% may work. Your contractor is your best resource for helping you estimate the material that will be needed to complete the job. 

                       Q: Can you lay laminate on an uneven floor? Is WPC flooring waterproof?

There are compounds that are available to make the subfloor even before you install the flooring. These "self-leveling" compounds level uneven surfaces when poured and scattered onto the sub-floor. When they dry, the surface will be perfectly flat and ready for the installation of any floating on glue down flooring.  

                       Q: Is WPC flooring waterproof?What is engineered hardwood flooring?

 While the word “wood” is in the name, the majority of WPC products do not contain wood. WPC is a considered a composite material, typically waterproof, rigid and stable. WPC products are commonly referred to as enhanced vinyl plank, luxury vinylflooring or waterproof vinyl.

                       Q: What is engineered hardwood flooring?

Engineered hardwood flooring is a product made up of a core of hardwood, plywood or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core and is available in almost any hardwood species. The product thus has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer. The “engineered” product has been designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture or heat pose problems for solid hardwood floor

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