Installing Laminate Flooring Takes Time To Get It Right
Most folks believe that installing laminate flooring is so easy that a child could do it, but that may be over simplifying the process. While it is true that it is easy to install, depending on the size and layout of the floor on which the flooring is to be installed, it can be tricky to fit the right pieces into place. When installing laminate flooring the type of connection between the pieces will also determine just how hard the project will be.
Unlike hardwood flooring, installing laminate flooring does not require nails or glue. Most flooring laminate flooring material interlocks with the previous piece of flooring creating a solid connection that will not separate, even under the most active use. Even though laminate flooring can be installed over nearly every type of existing floor, except carpeting, proper preparation is essential to installing laminate flooring.
The floor has to be clean and completely free of dirt and dust to prevent uneven joints and if there are depressions or lumps in the existing flooring, they should be eliminated before installing laminate flooring. Any trim along the sides and any fasteners also need to be removed prior to installing laminate flooring to make the job easier and quicker. On average, on the floor is prepped, the new flooring can be installed within a day.
Insuring Proper Alignment Of Floor Board Seams
Typically, when installing laminate flooring the longest wall becomes the starting point. The first row of flooring material is put into place making sure it is straight before beginning the second row. Most people will trim the length of the board at least six-inches to make sure the seams are staggered when installing laminate flooring, providing a stronger floor.
Placing the board of the second row at a slight angle to the tongue on the first row, if using tongue and groove laminate flooring, makes it easier to roll the second board into place. When installing laminate flooring the boards usually snap together easily but in some instances a light tap with a rubber mallet will help seat the joint. When using laminate wood flooring the use of a small piece of wood as a cushion between the mallet and the flooring material will prevent damage to the joint.
Once installing laminate flooring is complete, the trim can be cut and put into place, keeping the bottom of the trim tight to the floor. When installing laminate flooring over concrete, a layer of waterproof plastic may be required to prevent the floor from absorbing moisture from the subfloor.