Installing Your Own Laminated Flooring

Installing Your Own Laminated Flooring

One of the main reasons why laminated floors are so popular is because they can be installed by the homeowner. DIY laminate floors are among the most affordable high quality flooring options available today. When installing your own laminate floors, you should keep the following important points in mind:

  • Proper Planning Is Crucial

It is very important that the planning is done carefully and accurately. This will help prevent unnecessary hold-ups and errors during the installation process. For example, always measure all the dimensions twice to make sure that you have the correct measurements. Research the different types of laminated floorboards on offer and choose the best one for you. When placing your order with the laminated flooring manufacturer, make sure that you get 10% more than you need. The extra laminated floorboards can be used as replacement boards if any should be damaged during installation or in the future.

  • Prepare your floor

Make sure that the floor in the space is properly prepared before laying out your laminated floors. Laminated floors generally require a relatively hard and level surface. For example, if you have plush carpets in the room then make sure that you rip these up as well as any padding that may be underneath. If you have a cement floor then check for any high spots and low spots and level them out accordingly.

  • Leave your laminated flooring in the room overnight

Laminated floors expand and contract a little depending on the levels of heat and humidity in a space. Make sure that you leave the flooring in the space for at least 24 hours before doing the installation. This will give the flooring time to acclimatize to the conditions.

  • Always do a “test run” first

Many DIY homeowners skip this step completely to their own detriment. By laying out all the laminate boards as you would when doing the actual installation, you would be see which boards need to be cut and by just how much. Once all the boards are placed and perfectly sized, you can begin the actual installation process.

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