Laminate Flooring FAQs

Answers to today's prevalent laminate flooring questions.


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 Q: What is the Lock & Fold® Installation System?

Armstrong Laminate with Lock & Fold technology is the industry’s fastest and easiest installation system. Products featuring Lock & Fold technology install faster meaning you can enjoy your new floor sooner with less interruption to your home.
*Full bathroom installations require edge gluing, using, Armstrong 99

 Q: How do I determine the direction in which to install my  laminate flooring?

Install parallel to incoming light from any windows or if lighting is not a concern, parallel to the longest wall in the room.

 Q: Can laminate flooring be installed on stairs?

Yes. Be sure to fully adhere the flooring to the stairs without using foam underlayment.
Detailed stair installation instructions.

 Q: What are my floor molding options?

Armstrong offers a line of coordinated trim and molding pieces for most floors we offer. Choose from:

  • Quarter round moldings: finishes the space where the laminate flooring meets the wall
  • Multi-purpose reducer: provides a smooth transition from laminate flooring to another type of flooring of a lower height. Finishes the space where Laminate flooring ends against a vertical surface and where quarter round cannot be used.
  • T-Molding: Used where the flooring continues through doorway or passageway into another room. Used in doorways or entryways, finishes the transition between two pieces of laminate flooring.
  • Baby threshold: used at sliding glass doors, along wall bases, door thresholds and carpet.
  • Flush stair nose: finishes the flooring edge at staircases, step downs, and landings.
  • Overlap step nose: used where the flooring meets a step down or landing.

 Q: Can I refinish or recoat my laminate flooring?

No. Laminate flooring cannot be refinished or sanded.

 Q: What type of rugs can I use on my laminate floor?

All rug types are suitable for laminate, just be sure the mat is colorfast and non-staining.


Installation instructions for Armstrong Laminate flooring

 Q: Does laminate flooring need to be acclimated?

No. Armstrong Laminate flooring is stable and ready to install immediately out of the box.

 Q: If the underlayment is already attached to the flooring, do I still need Armstrong 2 in 1 underlayment?

No additional underlayment is necessary. Moisture barrier sheeting is only required for installing over concrete.

 Q: Where can laminate flooring be installed?

Anywhere in the home, as long as you have a structurally sound, clean, dry, and flat subfloor. Armstrong Laminate flooring can be placed over existing floors made of:

  • wood
  • concrete
  • ceramic
  • tile
  • vinyl sheet
  • carpet (must be fully adhered and no more than 1/4" thick over suspended wood sub-floors)

Review the complete installation instructions prior to beginning your laminate installation.

 Q: Can I install laminate flooring myself?

Yes, with the proper tools, skills and planning. For the fastest and easiest installation available in laminate, choose products with Lock & Fold technology.
Visit our DIY Center for more detailed installation information.


Care & Maintenance instructions for Armstrong Laminate floors 

Purchase Armstrong Laminate Care & Maintenance Products

 Q: How should I repair my damaged laminate flooring?

You can easily fix minor nicks or scratches with the correct color-matched Laminate Floor Touch-Up Kit. Search floor care products
Contact a professional for major repairs.

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