Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

Want to give your home an impressive new look? Laminate flooring can be used to give your home the appearance of a solid wooden or stone floor without the cost or maintenance requirements of real wood or polished stone.

In this short guide, you’ll learn how to choose the right laminate flooring for your home, prepare your home for the laminate flooring’s installation, and successfully install the laminate flooring in your home.



Step 1: Choose Laminate Flooring That Suits Your Home


Before you even think about installing laminate flooring, you’ll need to choose the right type of flooring for your home. The interior decorating experts at Tile Depot recommend choosing a flooring material that you’ll be happy with for the years to come, and not an overly stylish material that could look dated in the future.

Make sure you buy 5-10 percent more laminate flooring than you really need, so that you’ll have enough to replace broken or scratched boards due to mistakes in installation.

Step 2: Prepare Your Room


Preparing your floor for the installation of laminate flooring is easy. Start with a thorough clean up of your room, removing dust and any grit that could result in dimples in the laminate flooring.

After this, you’ll need to lay a plastic moisture barrier and foam pad to stop your laminate flooring from looking uneven or dimpled. Make sure your foam padding doesn’t overlap, as this could cause issues when your flooring is installed.

Step 3: Lay Your Floorboards


Before you start installing your floorboards, let them sit for 24-48 hours to prevent any expansion as they adjust to the room’s temperature. Once they’ve acclimatised, start by installing the first board in the corner of your room.

Place spacers on the edges of the board, and install the next board beside it, with its own spacer between it and the interior wall. From here, you can complete the first row of floorboards and move on to the next row whenever you’re ready.

You may want to stagger your floorboards to create a firmer, more durable effect and a different look. To do this, cut some of the first row of floorboards into half-sized pieces and stagger the boards as each row is installed.

Once you’ve filled most of your room with laminate flooring, you’ll probably need to cut some of your boards in order to reach the opposite wall. Use a saw and carefully cut your boards down to size, and install them along with your flooring spacers.

With the correct floorboard placement, the right amount of spacers, and a firm and steady hand, you can achieve fantastic results with laminate flooring. Once the floor is completely installed, remove the spacers and enjoy your stylish new flooring. 

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