White laminate flooring is a great choice for commercial and residential spaces. It is particularly well-suited to rooms where cleanliness is expected, such as in kitchens and in bathrooms. Commercial laminate flooring is made to handle more foot traffic and other stress than is residential-grade flooring, and the warranty terms are usually specific to the product. Even though you may be able to save a bit using flooring designed for a residence, you may end up paying more in the long run due to the amount of wear and tear taken by a commercial floor.
Types of White Laminate Flooring
White flooring is available from almost all major laminate floor manufacturers, such as Armstrong, and can be purchased in several different variations, not all of them truly white. For instance, just as is the case with black laminate flooring, many white laminate floors are actually designed to look like very light-colored wood flooring, but aren’t truly white. For most commercial spaces, the floors are usually designed to look more like stone or tiles rather than hardwood. But there are options that range from a slate look to white oak. They make very attractive choices for these spaces, and a great alternative to commercial carpet. Laminate floors with a bleached white wood look can be very attractive in the right commercial spaces, imparting a light and elegant feel to any room.
Both residential and commercial laminate flooring is available with the Uniclic system. Uniclic laminate flooring is a bit easier to install than even standard laminate floors, which are simple in their own right. Uniclic simply “clicks” together via a tongue and groove type system and does not require glue. It takes no more than a light push to fasten the pieces together. This is particularly handy with commercial laminate flooring, where the spaces being covered may be much larger than they are in residential settings. It makes it much easier to get your white laminate flooring installed in a short amount of time in a commercial setting, especially compared to actual stone or tile.
Care and Installation
Laminate is very easy to keep clean, even easier than tile. There is no need to use harsh chemicals on this type of flooring. Most laminate flooring can be cleaned up with a soft cloth and a gentle cleaner. It resists staining very well and commercial laminate flooring can stand up to a lot of abuse. It has excellent resistance to scuffing, denting and the other common forms of damage that quickly wear out other types of commercial flooring. In residential settings, the durability of a laminate plank over carpet is also of great benefit.
Installing laminate floors requires a flat, dry subfloor. Some types of flooring comes with the underlay installed and, while this will protect it from moisture, the subfloor should always be allowed to dry prior to installation. Remember to install a laminate flooring underlay if it is not included. It also requires an almost perfectly flat subfloor. You’ll need to even out any irregularities in the floor before installation, as neither residential nor commercial laminate of any thickness (not even 12mm) can follow the contours of an uneven subfloor. In most other regards, white laminate floors are very easy to install and even easier to maintain. Remember to buy a flooring rated for moisture if it’s going in a wet environment.