It is much easier to install Laminate flooring, and you can easily master the art of installing laminates. It’s more like solving a puzzle. You just have to match the pieces together those are complementary to each other. However, at first, you should buy high quality laminate flooring products, and before you lay your hands on installing process, you need to follow some important steps those are needed to instate perfectly avoiding any common laminate flooring mistakes. The steps are summarized below:
- 1 1) Tools and Materials
- 2 2) Prepare your Subfloor
- 3 3) Paint Your Room Beforehand
- 4 4) Set the Underlayment in Place
- 5 5) Set the Moisture Barrier
- 6 6) Trim the First Row
- 7 7) Put the first row
- 8 8) Lay the Subsequent Rows
- 9 9)Snap the Planks Together
- 10 10)Install the Baseboard
- 11 Laminates For Bathroom Or Kitchen
1) Tools and Materials
In order to start your lamination process you must have some equipment ready
- Laminate floor
- Instruction Manual
- Floor installation kit
- Jig saw and circular saw to cut the boards
- Miter saw and table saw
- Duct tape
- Measuring tape
- Weight to put on the flooring in place while working with it
- Tapping block
- Hammer to snap the planks
- Wood glue and silicon sealant to detail everything
- Finish nails, a nail set, a hammer and a filler for the transition bars
You can use safety glass, knee pad and dust mask for your own safety and convenience.
2) Prepare your Subfloor
Before putting laminates, you need to make sure that your floor is clean. Any traces of glues, dirt, oil, wax, residues, or debris in the surface can cause potential damage to your laminate floor. Remove baseboards, trims if present to leave a smooth and levelled subfloor. You can simply use a metal scraper like shown in the video below.
3) Paint Your Room Beforehand
It is usually seen while laminating your floor you paint your room as well. It’s wise to paint your room whilst it is in the ghetto form. If you wait till the last then you might mess it up. Even if you do it after installation, there are high chances of blobs of paint spreading out in your new floors. Well, you wouldn’t want your floor to lessen its beauty, right? Just to be on the safe side, it’s better to do it beforehand.
4) Set the Underlayment in Place
It is always recommended to use underlayment. Underlayment is a thin foam that absorbs sounds, provides a thermal barrier. It also helps you to minimize any gaps between and bridges them. If your laminate planks do not have an attached underlay then you might use a separate underlayment as it will reduce the sound once you walk through it and makes it more comfortable for you.
- You can simply start by unrolling the layers of the underlay. But remember to put it in the same
direction as the floor.
- Use a tape to set the underlay properly.
- Mark the edges that needs to be cut using pencil.
- Trim the unequal edges using a knife.
These types of minor imperfections can cause your floors not to be perfectly fitted. The video below will give a simple demonstration of laying the underlayment.
5) Set the Moisture Barrier
If your subfloor is of concrete then you will need a moisture barrier. The moisture barrier will prevent the moisture from your concrete floor piercing to the new laminate floor. If you do not do so, your laminate floors might be subject to dents. Again clean the floor with vacuum to get rid of grit or dirt. Lay the moisture barrier over the underlay with a duct tape.
6) Trim the First Row
Here comes the trickiest part. You need to carefully take the measurements of your room with the measuring tape. And trim the planks accordingly. You can use a circular saw or miter saw to cut the edges. Make sure to trim the groove side properly as it can be seen while entering the room once you lay the first row.
7) Put the first row
Now that you got the cut planks, you can start placing the first row.
- This is usually done by keeping 1/4th inch space between the flooring and the starting wall.
- Start putting up the planks with tongue side facing the wall.
- Angle the next plank such a way that the tongue and groove fits and binds perfectly. If you have a plank that needs to cut at the end of the row, then use that leftover to start the next row. The seams therefore, will be ready for a cleaner and more symmetric look.
- Use a tapping block to tap the planks gently into the place to make it tight.
8) Lay the Subsequent Rows
- Similarly install several rows with the tongue and groove fitting complementarily to one another.
- Make sure that the gap between flooring and the wall stays 1/4th inch. And even if it exceeds, try to keep it within 5/8th inch.
- You can use weight to make sure the planks aren’t moving and stays in place.
Here’s an advice of minimizing repetition of patterns in the floor: Use flooring from different cartoons while installing.
9)Snap the Planks Together
Tap the planks together with a hammer and tapping tool. Do this with every other plank you put so that it adheres to one another. In order to get a perfect finish, the tongue and grooves of the planks needs to be snapped properly to make it tight.
10)Install the Baseboard
The final stage is installing the baseboard to the wall and not to the floors. REMEMBER NOT TO THE FLOORS! The laminate floors need time to expand and contract and if the mouldings are attached, it won’t be able to do so as glue or nails would be there. So cut the baseboards accordingly to the size with a jigsaw and nail it to the wall.
That’s it! Now you are all good to go! Here’s your laminate floor. See how easily you can install laminate floors all by yourself without the need of any professional.
Laminates For Bathroom Or Kitchen
Now it isn’t a bad idea to install laminates in your bathroom or kitchen if have glue the planks. Still there is a catch. Water in contact with glue, might loosen it in the first place and the floors might get sticky. Thus, it is advisable to wait for few days so that the glue gets adhered properly. After that you can use any laminate floors if you are well aware of the precautions that needs to be taken. Just make sure to seal the edges properly.
You can cover laminates with baseboards or quarter rounds and water will not be able to reach the core and damage it. Additionally, you will greatly be helped with the use of rugs, floor mats or carpets in your bathroom or kitchen. It will sort of act as a layer of protection. However, it is required to wash these on a daily basis. The absorbed water and molds within these can penetrate to the laminate floors below them gradually.
Moreover, you can use exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen. This will act as ventilator that will clean the atmosphere of the place by providing fresh air. Thus neutralizing the atmosphere by pushing the moist air. Also the water on the floors will evaporate faster if you use fans. You can use a dehumidifier as well. It is basically an appliance that reduces the content of humidity in air. So the humidity will be eliminated. Apart from these, constant maintenance is strongly required.