With the newly developed "click-and-fold" method, however, the flooring is not attached to the subfloor, but depends on the weight of the floorboards to hold it in place. Consequently, click-and-fold laminate floors can be laid in any direction.
One is that flooring looks better if it runs in the same direction as the main light source, for example from a main window. The other is to run in the same direction as the room where you put the flooring.
As a general rule, laminate flooring should be laid in the same direction as the longest wall in the room. If the room happens to be square, the floor boards should run in the direction of the room's light source.
When installing laminate flooring, you have the option of choosing the direction of your laminate flooring. In general, you should run it longways. It will look better and you have less cuts and joints. If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel or visit our website at www.YourFlooringGuy.com.
Laminate flooring does one thing really well above all else: it imitates wood flooring. Developed decades ago as an inexpensive alternative to real wood, today’s laminate flooring manufacturers have upped their game with better quality and dozens of types of wood species.
Not only do most of these installations look funny to the eye of anyone familiar with real wood flooring but the orientation is unappealing. Add to the nature of the product and the laying a stripe of laminate 20′ or more feet long is almost impossible by the lone DYI’er.
Laminate Floor: The Appearance of Real Wood Laminate flooring can look good from a distance but does not hold up well to close examination. An image of wood is fused to a fiberboard core.
There’s real confusion between engineered wood flooring and laminate flooring. It’s really common for people to mistakenly assume that they are one and the same thing.
PROS Hardwood is the real deal; it is gorgeous and, depending on the type of wood, can add considerable value to your home. Laminate: PROS Since laminate is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear.
Let me add that I am NOT a fan of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of quality levels, from extremely poor to fairly good, but share a common trait. They are always a "picture" of wood on some pressed paper or synthetic backing.