How To Install Laminate Flooring?

January 27, 2014

Laminate flooring is a great cost effective choice if you want to add value to your home and change the look of your rooms.

Installing laminate flooring is quite straightforward process but even experienced fitter should refer to original manufacturer’s installation instructions before the job is started.

Before you start installation process

But before any project is started here is the list of the things you will need:

– electric saw (table),

– measure tape,

– a pencil,

– safety glasses

– dust mask

– knee pads

– flooring installation kit: spacers and pull bar,

and of course laminate floor boards.


Subfloor preparation

One of the key ingredients to successful installation is the preparation of the subfloor and the product.

First thing which need to be done is removal of your old flooring (either wood or carpet). In some cases you can put laminate flooring over the existing floor but you have to have in mind the height of the resulting floor and how it will impact transition in to other areas of your home.

Tip: Do any painting or work in the room before starting the floor.

You also need to be sure that the subfloor is level. If it isn’t it can cause unnecessary stress and damage to your new flooring. You can do this using standard or laser level.

If you working with the concrete subfloor it is important to prevent against moisture. The perfect solution is to use moisture barrier.


Laying underlay

The first step is to lay moisture barrier – make sure that it overlaps and is held together using the tape. Depending on your floor choice you may need to install underpad or sound barrier.

Because floor can expand depending on humidity levels in the room it is important to let the floor acclimate  for minimum 72 hours prior installation. This will allow your flooring to reach the room’s temperature. The last thing you want is for the flooring to significantly expand or contract after it has been installed.

Once the floor is acclimated, boxes need to open and planks inspected. 

Tip: It is always a good idea to add  10% more than your required square metrage for damaged boards, waste and future repairs.


Installing the floor

Once preparation is complete you can start laying the floor. Make sure that your expansion gaps spacers are in place  along the first board. Lay the first board groove side facing the room.

It always important to know where the floor will meet other transitional points such as doors and stairs. When you come to the last row you may have to place the board to be cut directly on top of the previous row of boards installed. On top of that place another plank, which must be moved against the wall. Draw a line on the middle plank. This will be the cutting line. 

Once all boards are installed you can get the sense of how your floor look and feels. All you have to do now is to add moulding pieces,  stair nosing, reducers.

For advice about the best wood flooring for your home feel free to contact the ESB sales team. Contact us now to request your no hassle no obligation free samples or come down to our North London showroom for a closer look. 

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