Best Laminate Floor Installation Tips Some things the Pergo, Armstrong, and Bruce instructions

Best Laminate Floor Installation Tips Some things the Pergo, Armstrong, and Bruce instructions

Best Laminate Floor Installation Tips:

Some Things the Pergo, Armstrong, and Bruce Instructions Leave Out

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Here are some tips for installing laminate flooring that the manufacturers don&#146t mention: how to select the best laminate underlayment and use quarter round.

One of the wonderful things about laminate flooring is that unlike traditional hardwood floors, it&#146s simple to install. Traditional hardwood floor installation requires dealing with slightly warped lumber, nailing, gluing, sanding, and floor finishing.

Laminate floors go down quick and are prefinished. And, laminate floor maintenance is simple. However, like any other DIY project, there are a few things the manufacturer&#146s instructions simply don&#146t tell you. This article will arm the reader with various laminate floor installation tips.

Use the Best Laminate Flooring Underlayment

Flooring distributors will generally present the buyer with at least two grades of laminate underlayment; standard and premium underlayment.

What&#146s the difference? Just thickness. Both grades are made of a felt-like material with a moisture barrier.

Go ahead and spend the extra cash to get the premium grade underlayment.

The purpose of laminate flooring underlayment is two-fold. First it provides a bit of &#147give&#148 between the foot or furniture and the subfloor. This not only protects the laminate but makes up for the inevitable low and high spots on the subfloor.

The other duty of underlayment is sound control. This seems illogical since it&#146s underneath the slick surface of the laminate planks, but it does work because it&#146s between the subfloor and the planks. Be sure to use wide clear plastic tape to connect runs of underlayment.

Doorways and Laminate Floor Installation

When it comes to floating laminate floor installation, most of the &#147fun&#148 occurs at the doorways. First, pull the hinge pins and remove the doors. They&#146re probably hollow core doors, and so weigh almost nothing. If left hung, they&#146ll just get in the way.

Next, carefully remove the door trim and set it aside to reinstall later.

Undercut the door jambs. For a professional looking finish, the laminate planks have to slide under the door trim. Draw a horizontal pencil line the thickness of the laminate and the underlayment and use a coping saw to undercut it.

Installing straight runs of laminate in the middle of the room is straightforward enough, but things get tricky at the doorways. There will be times when it&#146s absolutely impossible to both snap the laminate flooring planks together and simultaneously get the laminate under the door jamb.

When this happens, use a sharp utility knife to shave off the locking part of the laminate edges while leaving the flat part of the connector intact. This will allow sliding the two planks together to mate.

Be sure to add a small bead of wood glue to ensure that the planks will remained mated. Titebond woodworking glue is the best choice. Don&#146t use Gorilla Grip glue ; it&#146ll foam out of the joint as it dries.

Baseboard and Quarter Round

Laminate flooring is a &#147floating&#148 flooring system. It won’t move around a lot, but it&#146s only connected to itself. At no time will it be attached to the subfloor or wall.

This is why there should be a 1/4 inch gap (or whatever your manufacturer recommends) around the entire perimeter of the floor. This gap also allows the installer to use the laminate flooring pull bar to snug things up.

After cutting and installing baseboard. there might still be a bit of a gap visible at the floor edge.

The solution? Nail quarter round to the bottom of the baseboard (not the laminate). Not only does it cover the gap but it gives the baseboard an elegant three dimensional look.

Laminate Floor Brands

Wondering which brand to use? The best laminate floor manufacturers are Armstrong, Bruce, Pergo, Dupont, and Alloc. Shop around; something’s always on sale!


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