If you have for the top rated laminate flooring for your home, you will want to ensure that you lay it properly. Although laying laminate flooring is a relatively straight forward job, if you are unsure if your DIY skills are up to scratch, you should seek advice from a flooring specialist. Below is an easy 7 step guide to laying laminate flooring in your home.
Step 1 – Gather your tools and equipment
When laying laminate flooring, you will need the following tools and equipment
- Set square
- Tile spacers
- Safety glasses
- Tile spacers
- Knee pads
- Tapping block
- Pulling bar
- Foam underlay
- Strong tape
Step 2 – Allow the laminate to acclimatise and clean the floor
Before you start laying the laminate flooring, it is extremely important that you allow the pieces of laminate flooring to acclimatise. To do this, you should place the pieces of laminate in the room you plan to lay them at least 48 hours before you begin work. This will allow the laminate to acclimatise to the ambient temperature and any moisture in the room.
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause laminate flooring to expand and contract. If you lay laminate flooring before it has had the chance to acclimatise to local conditions in the room, you may find that it begins to warp out of shape. You should also ensure that the floor surface has been throughly cleared of any debris and dust. If any debris or dust is left on the floor, it could create an uneven surface.
Step 3 – Measure the laminate flooring
One problem people often face is working out how much laminate flooring they will need to cover the floor space. To do this, you should measure the squared area of the floor. To calculate the squared area, you simply need to measure the width and the length of the room.
Multiplying these two measurements will give you the squared area of the room. Once you have this number you can compare it the packs of laminate flooring. Each pack of laminate flooring will list details of the individual board sizes and the overall area which can be covered by the pack. You should divide the number on the pack by the squared area to establish how many packs of laminate flooring you will require to completely cover the room’s floor area.
You should purchase an extra pack or two of laminate flooring to cover yourself in case you make any error when calculating how much material you will need or if there is a problem during the laying process. Doing this will help to stop your DIY project being held up while you go out to buy more packs of laminate boards.
Step 4 – Mark out the floor
You will not need to mark out where ever piece of laminate flooring will be placed. However, you should take the time to determine and mark out exactly where you will place the first row. The first row of laminate flooring that you lay will act as a guide for all of the subsequent pieces you put down.
Therefore, if you make an error with the first row, you could find that the laminate flooring does not fit further across the room. If this occurs, you will need to start again which can be very time consuming. You should begin laying the flooring in the lightest part of the room, as this will allow you to clearly see what you are doing.
Lay a trial section of flooring, placing spacers between the skirting boards and the laminate. The trial section will allow you to easily establish how much you need to trim from the end of one of the laminate pieces in order to get the row to fit flush with the wall. You should try to avoid a situation in which you need to cut more than 50 percent of a board, as this could compromise the strength of the floor.
Step 5 – Lay the underlay
Before you start laying the underlay, you should make sure that the spacers are in place and that the rolls are being played at a 90 degree angle to the position of the laminate boards. Doing this will prevent the seams between the sections of underlay from lining up with joints between the pieces of laminate.
As you place the underlay on the floor, you should make sure that there isn’t any space or overlapping between the different sections, as this could cause the laminate flooring to sink or raise up. You should tape down any joints in order to keep them in place. Your aim is to create a level and consistent surface.
Step 6 – Lay the laminate flooring
Once the underlay is in place, you can finally begin to lay the laminate flooring. You should carefully follow the layout which you established during the trial in step 3 when laying the laminate flooring, remembering to always place the spaces between the floor sections and the skirting board to create an expansion space.
If you are installing tongue and groove laminate flooring, you should hold each new board at a 45 degree angle to the previous section before gently lowering the board until it clicks into place. The freshly laid board should now sit flush with one another.
If the boards are not flush, you should use the beating block and pulling bar to gently encourage each section into place. When you need to cut the end board, you should use the set square to mark up a cutting line before cutting the board using the laminate cutter. Remember to wear your safety glasses to protect your eyes during the cutting process.
Step 7 – Apply finishing touches
Once you have finished laying the floor, you should leave it to settle in for around 48 hours before you add finishing touches such as trims, transition bars and scotias. Doing so will give the new laminate flooring the chance to acclimatise to the room.
If you are still looking for a top rated laminate flooring panels, you should visit a flooring specialist today.