Installing Laminate Floors The Complete Laminate Installation Guide Factory Hardwood Floors

Installing Laminate Floors The Complete Laminate Installation Guide Factory Hardwood Floors

Installing Laminate Floors: The Complete Laminate Installation Guide

1. Unlike engineered hardwood floors, laminate floors always require foam underlayment during installation. The underlayment should run in the same direction as the floors and should be side by side, but with no overlap. Use tape to fit the seams together. Diagram 1.

2. Remove the tongue on the sides of the panels that will be facing the wall. This guarantees that the surface of the laminate is well under the finished trim when installed. You can use a utility knife to score through the tongue several times until it easily comes off.

3. Begin installing the laminate flooring in a corner by placing the first panel with its trimmed side facing the wall in place. Make sure to use spacers along each wall to maintain an expansion space of 8-12mm (5/16- 3/8) between the wall and the laminate flooring. Diagram 2.

Keep in mind that while this is a laminate floor, most of this product is wood and will need room to expand and contract. With that in mind, you should never attach the floor to any surface.

4. To install the second laminate flooring plank, insert the end tongue of the panel into the end groove of the first panel at a 45 angle. Bring the panel flat to the floor and line up edges carefully. Diagram 3.

5. Continue to add the laminate planks until you have completed an entire row. To add the last panel, rotate the plank 180, with the pattern side facing upward, line it up beside the row, mark the plank and then saw off excess. Attach as described above. Diagram 4.

6. If using a handsaw, cut with the decorative surface facing up. if you are using a jig or circular saw cut with the decorative side down. This avoids chipping. Diagram 5.

7. Start the next row with the excess piece from the previous row to stagger the pattern. Each piece should be a minimum of 20cm (8) long and joint offsets should be at minimum of 40cm (16). Diagram 6.

8. Push the side tongue of the panel into the side groove of the very first panel at about 45. When lowering, the plank will click into place. Diagram 7.

9. The second panel of the new row first should be attached on the short side as described above. Push this plank as close as possible to the first row. To attach its long side; tilt the two panels in the new row at 45 and insert the tongue into the groove of the previous row. Again, lower it down to the floor. Continue in this manner until you reach the last row. Diagram 8/9.

Tip: It is sometimes is quicker to assemble panels into a new row and then attach this row to the previous row .

10. For the last row, lay a panel your laminate flooring on top of the previous row with the tongue to the wall. Take another panel and lay it upside down on the one to be measured and use it as your ruler (dont forget spacers). Cut the panel to fit and attach into its final position. Diagram 10.

11. Wall are not the only things that require expansion room. Door frames and heating vents also need a perimeter of space to compensate for expansion. The best way to do this is to cut the panel to the correct length, place the cut panel next to its actual position and use a ruler for measurement as you mark the areas that need to be cut out. Trim the marked points allowing the necessary expansion distance on each side. Diagram 11.

12. You can trim your laminate flooring to fit under door frames turn, a panel upside down and use a handsaw to cut away the necessary height. Diagram 12.

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