Laminated flooring is becoming a popular option these days. It provides your home with stunning looks. And the best thing about this flooring style is that it is very affordable. So, now you can have the quality, style and durability altogether and that too at prices that will not break the bank.
Planning to have laminate floors at home? Well, it is a great idea. But if you are trying hands on the laminate flooring installation for first time, it can be a daunting task for you. However, if you spend little time in understanding the process for how to install laminate flooring, you will end up with beautiful floors. You will need some tool kit at your dispense and proper instructions to give it a final touch.
So, just before you start ensure the following with yourself:
- Tape measure
- Pull bar
- Foam underlayment
- Tapping block
- Laminate flooring
- Hand saw/coping saw
- Planning: Firstly, make sure to plan your installation properly. For example, measure the laying area carefully and according buy the right number of laminate square. A little time you spend in planning and preparing can save you from those installation hassles easily. Once you are done with planning, start with tearing out the old flooring.
- Work with the new flooring: Remember, the floors have tendency to shrink and expand with temperature and humidity changes. For this, prepare them for the conditions of your space once week prior to installation. Remove the plastic packaging and keep it in an open surface. On the other hand, you can start removing the base moldings and lifting up the old flooring. Keep in mind that you clean the debris and then inspect the surface for repair.
- Underlayment is needed: While some laminate flooring comes with foam underlayment, you can also buy them later. For those who purchase it separately can install one strip at a time and once you are done with it, you need to trim the door jambs. Use a hand saw to do this. It offers your floor a clean and professional look.
- Installation: Begin the process with the longest one. Do it carefully, as the first plank is the most important one and forms the base for further installation. Remember, you need to keep place for natural expansion and contraction. So, place half-inch gap and gently tap for a snug fit. For a long lasting and perfect installation, make sure to stagger the end joints of the adjacent boards.
- Wind up carefully: Just like your first plank, the last one needs equal, in fact greater attention. In case it is necessary to trim the board, ensure that it’s flush.
Laminate floorings are being loved by the homeowners who want a look of wood for their floors without investing much. And, now there is one more reason- it’s easy to install. So, if you’re moderately handy and have those basic tools, you can get the job done on a weekend!