A quick guide to laminate flooring installation

January 23, 2009
laminate flooring installation
If you are planning to get laminate flooring then it will not be difficult any more. Moreover you have come across the right article which will certainly guide you about all that you need to know about laminate flooring installation. Laminate flooring installation isn’t particularly difficult, in most situations, but we cannot deny the fact that an experienced DIY person will get the job done faster than an inexperienced person. Measuring twice and cutting once is the right technique for anyone planning to install flooring, and that holds with laminate flooring as well.

 

Some idea about laminate flooring

 

Laminate flooring comes in a variety of types and styles. This wide variety, when combined with the simple laminate flooring installation, has made it one of the most popular types of flooring today. From looks of stone to hardwood laminates, you can find the right laminate flooring for your particular use and needs. You simply need to know your need and style. Yes it is that simple and you can get it done yourself.

 

A brief idea about laminate flooring installation

 

After you make your laminate flooring choice, what goes into laminate flooring installation? Laminate flooring installation will depend upon the laminate flooring you choose. The best laminate to choose, when your main consideration is the ease in which it can be installed, is the floating click and lock flooring. This type of flooring can be installed on top of your existing hard surface flooring, or directly on your subfloor, as long as it is level and solid.

 

Some quick tips

 

Installing a moisture barrier is a good first step in preparing for your floor installation. It’s especially important on a slab or floor that’s over an unheated and unfinished space. The flooring is then laid on top of this barrier and clicked and locked together. Laminate flooring installation using click and lock flooring is very simple and easy. It only takes a few cuts to fit the boards and you will have a new floor in no time.

 

Alternative style

 

Among various laminate flooring styles another installation style for some laminate flooring is nail, or staple, down. In this installation approach you nail or staple through the tongue portion of the tongue-and-groove plank. The nail needs to be long enough to get through the tongue and into the subfloor (or whatever you are installing your laminate floor to) without going all the way through the subfloor. The staple/nail length is especially important if you have in-floor heat.

 

Know about glue down style

 

Laminate flooring also comes in a glue down style. This type of laminate flooring installation is messier than the click or nail variety, but it can be done by a do-it-yourselfer. Use a low VOC adhesive, like Bostik’s Best, to keep your air quality good and the installation durable.

 

Important guidelines

 

Few facts that is really important in laminate flooring installation, no matter which type of flooring that you choose. The following are the most important factors for laminating floor installation. Allow the flooring that you choose to acclimate to the room for at least two to three days, two to three weeks could be better in some cases. Leave the flooring, unwrapped out of its packaging, in the room where it is going to be installed. The next is, level the floor. Make sure that there are no dips in your subfloor or existing floor that are going to affect how the laminate flooring goes down. You need to read the instructions that come with your flooring carefully and follow them properly. One important fact is that you need to leave a one fourth inch gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for expansion and contraction when you use the floating floor installation style. Some gap is probably a good idea any way, but it is vital for the click approach.

 

Conclusion

 

Laminate flooring installation can be done by almost any enthusiastic person if you are willing to put in the time and effort to follow directions that are given by the manufacturer of the flooring you choose. In fact if you do it yourself for your house or involve your family members it will surely become a good experience and will also give a good result. The best part is it will save your heard earned money. Simply following some quick and easy steps you can change the look of your house and make it more attractive. It just takes a few hours and you can easily have floors that will last for a very long time and at the same time that will make a huge impact upon your room and home.

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