Use a reputable and professional company for your installations.
The finish of the flooring and trims are extremely important. Poor workmanship may end up costing you more in the long run. If it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t. If a company has a good name then it is usually followed by good after sales service which will ensure you get what you paid for and possibly a little more.
Try to ensure the flooring you are installing is preferably imported from Europe. Flooring manufacturers that state: “manufactured/made with German technology” or have German sounding brand names but don’t guarantee the flooring is manufactured in Germany; are usually manufactured in China. We have found the standards that most flooring passes in China are way below par with those from Europe. The grading and rating may be the same as the European products but are usually of an inferior quality. Fusion Floors do however stock an entry level laminate floor imported from China but we insist it should only be used in bedrooms as it doesn’t react well to water damage. We assume not all Chinese brands of flooring produce an inferior quality product but we haven’t come across a trusted brand as yet. As with most products you buy, you get what you pay for.
For Fusion Floors service is one of the most important aspects. If you have received poor service during the quotation process then why should that service change during the installation process? Poor service usually results in poor workmanship. You are letting us into your home and business so why not chose a company that will provide a pleasant and trouble free service which will not disrupt your day to day life.
Try not to be too set on a particular colour merely because it is on special. Your flooring will be in your home or office for many years so why not spend a little extra to get what you would prefer in the long term.
The class or grading refers to the quality and durability of the flooring.
* Grade / Class 31 (AC 3): intended for home areas with intensive foot traffic or commercial areas with light foot traffic.
* Grade / Class 32 (AC 4): used in commercial areas with medium to heavy foot traffic.
* Grade / Class 33 (AC 5): suitable for commercial areas with extremely heavy foot traffic.
The thickness of the flooring does not necessarily relate directly to the quality or durability of the product. The thickness of the flooring gives you an indication of the strength of the joints and pressure it can withstand. 8mm, 10mm and 12mm flooring is used in large areas as the stress on the joints is greater than in smaller areas.
V- Groove Flooring:
V-Groove refers to the visual gap that makes the floor planks appear individual and separate much like real wood floors.
Kronopol is member of the Swiss Krono Group and along with Kaindl, are two of the top manufacturers of flooring in Europe. Kronopol and Kaindl products are known to be easier to install, more durable and are less likely to be affected by water damage as the joints are more precise.
DIY Installation of Laminate Flooring:
Laminate flooring is packaged as number of tongue and groove planks which can be clicked into one another. Installed laminate floors typically “float” over the sub-floor on top of the underlay. A small (10mm) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls which allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed. The planks joints should be staggered so that all the short ends do not line up.
Cutting Laminate and Hardwood Flooring:
Laminate and Hardwood Flooring can be cut using a Circular Saw with a fine tooth blade or a Jig Saw. To obtain a neater finish skirting should be cut using a Mitre Saw. Flooring and skirting should be cut with the good side up or facing you to avoid large chips around the edges.
Laminate flooring can be placed over nearly any subfloor including tiles. The panels can mask some irregularities such as embossing in vinyl flooring. Major dips, dents, lumps, parquet flooring and thick carpets should be removed before installation.
Protection & Cleaning of Laminate Flooring:
Dirt is the main cause of fine scratches that make the floor look dull and used.
* Add cushion protectors or felt pads under chairs and table legs to prevent possible scratching.
* Place floor mats at all outside doorway entrances to keep away dirt.
* Dust and loose dirt can be removed using a vacuum or soft broom.
* Tougher dirt and grit can be removed using Krono Kleen with a slightly damp mop or cloth following the grain of the plank.
* While mopping avoid any standing liquids/fluids on the floor. Do not saturate the floor and wipe up spills immediately.
* Do not use floor polish or wax products as it leaves a film on the floor which attracts more dirt, leaves streaks and footprints.
* Avoid soap-based cleaners, scouring powder, citrus oil products and steel wool as they will damage the finish of the floor.
Benefits of Laminate Flooring:
* Easy to clean.
* Quick and easy to install.
* Can be walked on straight after installation.
* Temperature is moderated and regular (Warm in winter and cold in summer)
* Non-porous surface therefore does not allow the breeding of dust mites, micro-organisms or bacteria.
* Environmentally friendly (made from recycled wood)
* Extremely durable against stains, spills, impact, cigarette burns and dirt.
* Improves the look and feel of your home or office within hours.
* Adds value to your property.
Why is Engineered Hardwood Flooring better than solid wood flooring?
* True Touch: Feel and touch of an authentic real wood floor. Distinctively different to any other wood floor, designed to bring more of the
* natural grain, texture and fibre of real wood to your floor.
* Affordable: Easy to install, with no sanding or sealing required. New technologies are used to produce planks that are wider and
* longer than conventional solid wood floor boards.
* More Eco-Friendly: Save more trees with an engineered floor. Using an engineered veneer layer dramatically increases the yield per
* tree. Using a trunk peeling mechanism as opposed to conventional sawing can produce more flooring from a single trunk.
* Character Building: engineered flooring matures with age because of the new oil gel surface. Inflections and abrasions through
* normal use tend to give the floor more character over time. Have a floor that looks better in 5 years than when you first bought it.
* Oiled (Gel) Floor: Do-It-Yourself oil finished floors provide the most natural look of any wood floor finish. Oil finish actually penetrates,
* and becomes a part of the surface of a wood floor. It is not nearly as sensitive to scratches and wear and tear as a urethane or
* varnished finish. The new oil gel is easy to apply and takes only 4 hours to dry.
* No sanding (Spot treating): If the Oil (Gel) finish is applied properly, your floor will last for years to come, with no sanding required and
* can be spot treated where needed instead of having to be fully sanded and refinished.
* Easy Installation: Installed as a “floating” or “glue down” floor and are prefinished to make installation quick and easy. Engineered
* floors are more stable and tend to expand and contract less – with this in mind the installation process is simpler, quicker, less dusty
* and saves you money.
Kronopol Ltd warrants to its original purchaser that the surface layer on the product will not wear through for the period of its warranty from the date of purchase when used in accordance with the conditions specified by the manufacturer. If the product wears completely through during this warranty period, Kronopol Ltd will replace or refund the value of the material at its discretion. The warranty does not cover defects caused by improper installation, negligence, physical abuse and misuse, impact or cutting and water damage.
* AC 3: 10 years Domestic 3 years Commercial
* AC 4: 15 years Domestic 5 years Commercial
* AC 5: 25 years Domestic 8 years Commercial
Conditions of Kaindl Guarantee
Our guarantee Is valid -[or all the above Kaindl Laminate floor coverings which have been laid In rooms where they are exposed to normal wear for their recommended End Use Category, according to EN 665, but not In the event of unusual chemical or mechanical stress.
The guarantee applies from the date of purchase onwards.
For light commercial applications, the above structural and performance warranties are available for all of the above KAINDL ONE laminate flooring Products for 5 years from the date of purchase. The guarantee is not transferable; Its terms apply to the first buyer only.
For normal residential use in respect of the following:
Resistance to staining
* 30 Years: Kaindl ONE 8.0mm
* 25 Years: Kaindl ONE 8.0mm HDF Aquastop 6
* 20 Years: Kaindl ONE 8.0m’m HDF Standard
* 15 Years: Kaindl ONE 7.0mm
Laminate Flooring in the kitchen or bathroom:
Laminate Flooring is suitable for kitchens but not recommended for bathrooms. The moisture levels in bathrooms are extremely high and may cause damage to the flooring. Extra care and precaution should be taken when installing flooring in the kitchen. Leaking appliances such as fridges and dishwashers over time may cause damage to the flooring.
Damage to Laminate Flooring
1. Peaking or lifting
Peaking or lifting refers to a situation in which the laminate floor boards push up against each other and result in high points at the joints. There are a number of reasons why this can happen. The most common cause of peaking is a lack of expansion space between the laminate floor and the walls around the perimeter of the installation. This situation is easily remedied. Simply follow the peaking boards perpendicular to the wall, remove the necessary skirting or quadrant and cut the laminate board that meets the wall, thus giving the floor more space to expand.
2. Buckling or warping
Buckling or warping is almost always as a result of moisture and/ or water damage. Laminate flooring is affected by water in a number of ways. High moisture content in the air or excessive water on the surface of the floor can lead to buckling or warping. For this reason it is important never to wet mop a laminate floor. The most common cause of warping or buckling is water or dampness rising from the subfloor.
* Transition / T. Expansion: Used to join floors of the same height such as in doorways.
* Reducer: Used to join floors of a different height.
* End Cap: Used to stop the laminate floor against a vertical edge such as a sliding door or some types of built-in cupboards.
* Stair Nose: Used to finish the edges of stairs or landings.
* Quarter round / Quadrant: Used to cover expansion gaps between floors and cupboards or up against existing skirting.
* Skirting: Placed along the walls to cover expansion gaps left when installing flooring.
* Underlay (Foam and plastic / Rubber lay): Used to insulate, soundproof, and as a moisture barrier.
* Sealant (Clear and colour): Used to glue down trims and neaten up exposed expansion gaps.
* Installation kit: Pull Bar is used to close gaps in hard to reach places, Knocking Block is used as a shock absorber when hammering
* in floor panels, and Spacers are used to ensure minimum size expansion gaps are maintained.
Bamboo flooring is considered a more cost-efficient alternative to hardwood flooring using non-sustainable rainforest hardwoods in its construction. Although similar in appearance to hardwood, bamboo flooring has a few more desirable features including a resistance to insects and moisture that makes it a good choice for use in damp or tropical climates.
Strand woven bamboo floors are created by stripped Moso bamboo stalks averaging 5 years in age which are then boiled in a solution of boric acid and water to remove the sugar content as an anti-termite preventative. Once the bamboo strips have been properly dried, they are woven together with a Finnish plasticiser called Dynea. The next step in the process to create strand woven bamboo is crushing this woven material in a 2,000 ton heat press operating at 130°C. The resulting strand woven bamboo board is then milled using high precision German laser equipment designed to create bamboo boards that are each the same measurement.
Vinyl wood plank flooring is a kind of polymer that gives the look and appearance of wood planks. This is possible because of good use of technology. Vinyl compound is organic derivatives of ethylene and have the property to polymerize. Vinyl wood planks are made from vinyl polymer. It looks like a thick plastic or PVC or PVF. Vinyl wood planks are thick with high tensile strength and resemble a regular wood plank.