Laminate Flooring Installation

Laminate Flooring Installation

Laminate Flooring Installation

Laminate flooring installation isn’t particularly difficult, in most situations, but an experienced DIYer will get the job done faster than an inexperienced person. Measuring twice and cutting once is a good mantra for anyone planning to install flooring, and that holds with laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring comes in a variety of types and styles. This wide variety, when combined with the simple laminate flooring installation, has made it one of the most popular types of flooring today. From looks of stone to hardwood laminates, you can find the right laminate flooring for your particular use and needs. After you make your laminate flooring choice, what goes into laminate flooring installation?

Laminate flooring installation will depend upon the laminate flooring you choose. The best laminate to choose, when your main consideration is the ease in which it can be installed, is the floating click and lock flooring. This type of flooring can be installed on top of your existing hard surface flooring, or directly on your subfloor, as long as it is level and solid.

Installing a moisture barrier is a good first step in preparing for your floor installation. It’s especially important on a slab or floor that’s over an unheated and unfinished space. The flooring is then laid on top of this barrier and clicked and locked together. Laminate flooring installation using click and lock flooring is very simple and easy. It only takes a few cuts to fit the boards and you will have a new floor in no time.

Another installation style for some laminate flooring is nail, or staple, down. In this installation approach you nail or staple through the tongue portion of the tongue-and-groove plank. The nail needs to be long enough to get through the tongue and into the subfloor (or whatever you are installing your laminate floor to) without going all the way through the subfloor. The staple/nail length is especially important if you have in-floor heat.

Laminate flooring also comes in a glue down style. This type of laminate flooring installation is messier than the click or nail variety, but it can be done by a do-it-yourselfer. Use a low VOC adhesive, like Bostik’s Best, to keep your air quality good and the installation durable.

Some things that are important in laminate flooring installation, no matter which type of flooring that you choose are:

  • Allow the flooring that you choose to acclimate to the room for at least two to three days, two to three weeks could be better in some cases. Leave the flooring, unwrapped out of its packaging, in the room where it is going to be installed.
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  • Level the floor. Make sure that there are no dips in your subfloor or existing floor that are going to affect how the laminate flooring goes down.
  • Read the instructions that come with your flooring carefully and follow them.
  • Leave a 1/4″ gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for expansion and contraction when you use the floating floor installation style. Some gap is probably a good idea any way, but it’s vital for the click approach.

    Laminate flooring installation can be done by almost any do-it-yourselfer if you are willing to put in the time and effort to follow directions that are given by the manufacturer of the flooring you choose. In just a few hours, you can have floors that will last for a long time and that will make a huge impact upon your room and home.


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