If you've made the decision to go laminate for your flooring renovations, know you’ve made a smart, economical choice. Waterproof flooring is less likely than even engineered hardwood flooring to need replacement due to spillage or humidity-related expansion. In addition, with waterproof wood-like flooring such as laminate, you can have the aesthetic of hardwood flooring without the long-term financial commitment and maintenance.
On top of all that, laminate flooring is simple to install—you won’t even need to hire a professional. You’ll save time and money ordering online and installing laminate yourself. E Hardwoods & Flooring, an online flooring store, gives you a rundown of laminate installation below.
As soon as your shipment of laminate arrives, make sure to do a thorough cleaning of the room in which you plan to install it. Remove all furniture, rip up the old flooring, and vacuum until the area is spotless. This ensures that no moisture gets trapped beneath your laminate that will cause damage to it further down the line. Though laminate is less vulnerable to moisture than, say, prefinished hardwood flooring, its partial wood construction means it still can take a hit under the right conditions.
It is also helpful to lay down a sheet of plastic prior to installation as a moisture barrier.
Laminate is generally installed as a “floating floor,” which means it snaps together and connects to itself but not to the subfloor below. Your laminate installation will consist of using power tools to cut planks into the correct size and pushing them together with a hammer or piece of scrap wood to construct a sheet of flooring.
While installing laminate flooring, use small bits of wood to keep the perimeter of the floor you construct a quarter inch away from the wall. This allows room for expansion due to moisture or rising humidity levels. Fill this space with wood putty and/or install a baseboard over it for a seamless finish.
Make sure to stagger the lengths of the planks you connect to create a natural look.
As stated above, the installation process for laminate is accessible to the DIYer with basic power tools; so you’re encouraged to buy your materials online and save yourself the hassle. Consider E Hardwoods & Flooring for all your laminate flooring needs. Our wide selection means you're bound to find something you like. Take a look at our selection of laminate flooring today and contact us with any questions you might have.