Installing Laminates Floors
Installation of laminate floors
is fairly simple and an average size room can be finished over a weekend. For larger areas, you may want to save the job for when you take some vacation time.
Laminates floors are also referred to as floating floors, the boards are not attached to the floor below. The slats are fitted together with a tongue and groove design. Slats are attached by slipping the tongue inside the groove. They are then held in place with special adhesives that are made for laminate flooring.
Laminate floors can be installed right over wood, tile or vinyl flooring. Carpeting and padding need to be removed prior to the installation of the laminate floors. Once removed, make sure the concrete or wood subfloor is level before you start the installation.
Installation tips that will make your DIY laminate project look just like it was done by a professional!
Follow these few tips and your new laminate floors will look like a million bucks.
- Laminates can be installed over almost any subfloor, provided it is flat and clean.
- Laminate floors tend to have a hollow sound when walked on, to avoid this annoying noise, lay down a quality under pad first. Not only will your floors be quieter, the underlayment helps to reduce moisture, mold and mildew.
- Order 7-10% more product than you think you need to allow for cuts and custom fits.
- Order matching or coordinating moldings and trim. This finishing touch is what sets the amateurs apart from the pros.
- Acclimate your laminate floor products prior to installation. Place unopened cartons in the room they will be installed for approximately 72-96 hours. This is very important is the are you live in is very dry or humid.
- Ask your dealer about touch up kits to repair minor scratches.
- To fully protect you new floor from scratches and wear, use rugs, walk off mats and furniture protectors.
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