Did you know that one of the most common questions on Google about flooring is ‘how do you install laminate flooring?’ As one of the easiest floorings to install, it makes sense why it hits the top ten list. But how do you install it? Luckily, Valor Home Services has been installing floors for over 25 years and knows the ins and outs of laminate flooring. If you want to understand the installation process, keep reading our guide below.
Before You Begin
As a preface, laminate flooring is one of the easier floorings to install. However, it still requires knowledge/research, equipment and materials. If you do not feel comfortable installing the flooring yourself, we recommend hiring a professional flooring company like Valor Home Services.
For proper installation, you want your subfloor to be flat, smooth and clean. You can install laminate flooring over old flooring like vinyl as long as the surface is smooth and flat and not soft and cushiony. If the old floors are damaged or uneven, you will need to remove them. Before starting the installation process, you need to remove all baseboards, trim, air return duct covers and heat resistors. Then, clean, sweep and vacuum the area.
Materials & Supplies
When installing laminate flooring, you will need:
- Laminate flooring
- Rubber mallet
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
You may need additional supplies or equipment, depending on the brand of the laminate you purchase. Always look at the manufacturer’s instructions before installation.
- Layout the underlayment based on the manufacturer’s instructions. If your laminate planks come with underlayment attached, you do not have to worry about this step.
- Inspect each plank. Remove the tongue on the planks you plan on using first that will go against the wall.
- Assemble your first row of planks. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to install.
- Cut pieces to fit along the wall and corners.
- While placing down the first row, make sure to add spaces to give room for expansion.
- Once you finish the first row, start planning for the next.
- Continue installation process on the rest of the space.
- Finish the last row.
- Apply sealant.
Once you get the hang of the installation process, it will move smoothly. However, here are a few extra tips to help you:
- Always, always, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Do not use excessive force when using a hammer or mallet.
- Always buy more flooring than needed.
- Install a moisture barrier under your underlayment if you have a concrete subfloor.
By following the information and steps above, you can install laminate flooring. However, we highly suggest hiring a skilled team of experts to get the job done. We have heard way too many horror stories where the homeowner does more damage or spends more money than needed. If you want a stress-free flooring experience, then leave it to our experts. For more information or to get a quote, contact us today.