How To Install Laminate Flooring

(Last Updated On: April 28, 2017)
Homeowner Installing laminate floor
Professional Installing laminate floor

Before you go for installing any flooring whether it is laminate flooring, make sure that you are ready for the installation process. You are ready to say your old flooring goodbye and welcome your new flooring. For installing laminate flooring in your home, first of all you need to be ready with all the materials and tools which are to be used for the installation process. Laminate flooring is considered as economical and also durable choice of flooring. The installation of such flooring is also quite easy. Laminate flooring is also very versatile and it can be suited in almost any rooms except in laundry room and in the bathroom. Laminate flooring is not very much good with that of high moisture situation and high humidity. Also laminate flooring can buckle and warp very easily in moist atmosphere and that is why it is not much preferred in bathroom and laundry rooms. Laminate flooring can be a good choice for kitchen but only if you are careful and ready to clean up the spills on the spot when they happens. There are also certain specifications about cleaning laminate flooring as you cannot do wet mopping and you just have to use damp mopping for getting your laminate floor cleaned. The working of laminate floor is just in foyers and they cannot encounter snow and rain in regular. If after all this specifications and drawbacks, you are ready to install laminate flooring in your home then you can go on and accumulate all the supplies and then check out the process and then work towards its implementation.

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Materials used for laminate floor installation

  • Materials for laminate floor installation
    Tools for laminate floor installation

    String line

  • Small pry bar
  • Hand trim saw
  • Floating laminate
  • Underlayment tape
  • Underlayment
  • Hammer
  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Rubber mallet
  • Baseboard
  • Shoe molding

Steps for installing laminate flooring

  • Remove the carpet

If you are installing laminate flooring, you have to remove the old carpet flooring from your home or from the room where you are installing laminate flooring. Cut the carpets between the rooms if you are not installing in the entire house. Take a sharp utility knife and cut down the carpet across the doorway. If you are having carpet on padding then it must be holding down the perimeter tack strips. Pull the carpet very gently at the doorway away from the wall. Once you are able to remove the carpet from the tack strips, removing the rest will be much easier.

  • Get rid of the carpet padding and tack strips

Roll up the carpet in the short direction and take it out from the room. Carpet is such a material which can be recycled if you are residing in an area with collection facilities. Just like you taken off the carpet, also take off the padding in the similar manner. The padding might have certain spots which are glued directly with the substrate make use of metal putty knife for scrapping up these spots. Make use of hammer and small pry bar for getting rid of the tack strips. Make use of pry bar directly on the attachment nails for removing wooden subfloors. If there are concrete slabs then you will have to get rid of the wooden parts of the tack strips for getting rid of the hard nails without chipping off the concrete.

  • Level and clean

You cannot install laminate flooring if the existing floor is not cleaned and leveled properly. There is no attachment of the floating floor with that of the subfloor and hence it is very important to check that the subfloor is adequately leveled. Take off the remnant glue or paint by using a metal putty knife. Sweep the floor and clean out the room and check for any loose tack strip nails.

  • Check the floors level

You have to make use of minimum 6 level for checking out any variations in the subfloor. Check out the specification of the manufacturer for finding the maximum amount of variation allowed. You can make use of string line for odd shaped rooms or shorter level of rooms. If you are having a poor subfloor and you are installing a floating floor over it then it can result in product failures and noise. The primary issue with floating floor is that they can feel spongy at certain spots which are to be caused by underlying variations. If you are not having enough subfloor then you can make it leveled properly by sanding the high spots and making use of a level compound.

  • Measure the room

Taking measurement of the room
Measuring the room

Before you go for installing laminate flooring in any room, you need to take accurate measurement of the room. Check out the width of the room. The plank should generally be installed parallel to the basic view of the room which will make the room to look larger and hence check the perpendicular angle of the room. Take measurement of the finished face of a single plank. Divide the width of the room with the width of the plank. This will not only give you the exact number of rows needed but also the cut width of the last row. You need to keep the last row having width of 3 if it is shorter than that you might have to cut the first row for making the last one wider.

  • Install the laminate floor plank

Install the door frames with accurate measurement. After that, install the underlayment. This step is very essential as if the underlayment is not appropriate then the flooring would not stay properly and will chip off very soon. Start to install the first piece of the laminate floor. This will give an adequate idea as to how long will the last piece be. Trim the first piece and assure that the last piece of the laminate is long. Floating floors are likely to contract and expand and hence make use of spare piece of flooring in the vertical manner against the wall for creating a gap.




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