Laminate Flooring Installation: How to Install Laminate Floors
Laminate flooring is the easy to clean and affordable alternative to hard wood floors. With its versatility to suit even the messiest of rooms, and low pricing, it’s obvious to see why it’s such a popular choice in so many homes. Not to mention laminate flooring installation is one of the most simple DIY jobs when it comes to floors.
On top of that, the laminate flooring installation cost is drastically less if you opt to do it yourself and process is not as daunting as it seems. So, with this step by step guide courtesy of Factory Direct Flooring, you can carry out a laminate installation with ease.
1. Prepare the Surface
The first step of laminate flooring installation is to ensure your floor is clean, flat and dry. So pull up any old carpet and sweep the surface clean. If your floor is not level, board it out or use and even layer of concrete, just make sure you use a spirit level to check. After this, leave your floor to acclimate for a couple of days before laying new flooring. This will help prevent any lifting or sudden expansion of your new laminate floor.
2. Measure Everything
Next, measure the length and width of the room you are planning to lay the laminate flooring. Then multiply those numbers together to calculate the room’s surface area and consequently, how much laminate you’ll need. Each of our products will calculate how many packs you’ll need based on the size of your room. However, to account for mistakes, add an extra pack just in case.
3. Add your Underlay
Laying underlay prior to a laminate installation not only makes your flooring more durable, but also adds sounds proofing and extra insulation for warmth. When installing laminate flooring, you’ll need to choose the appropriate underlay for your specific floor. See our Laminate Flooring Underlay section to view our collection of correct underlays.
Place the underlay side by side and tape together securely so no parts overlap and cause an uneven surface. Trim parts down with a craft knife or scissors when you come to the edges. Also, be sure to tape the underlay at the seams.
Next you’re onto the installation part! This is surprisingly easy thank to the click system in our laminate flooring. Simply start by laying the planks from the left hand corner of the room, clicking each plank into place by the tongue and groove structure.
It’s best to leave a slight gap of roughly 8-10mm around the walls of your room to allow for expansion and space for your floor beading. It may be best to use spacers during this part to ensure each gap is equal. This expansion gap allows laminate to expand in different climates. Otherwise, the flooring could potentially start to lift and become uneven.
5. Cut the Last Panel
When you reach the end of the first row, you’re likely to need to cut the last panel. Mark the edge with a pencil and carefully cut a straight line with a laminate cutter. Then start the second row with the cut off from the last panel. Do this for each new row to ensure an even amount of panels.
6. Add Beading
See our Laminate Floor Beading section to find the right beading to add around the edges. This is simply a strip that is designed to cover the expansion gap. After measuring the floor to decipher the length of beading you’ll require, use a saw to mitre the edges of your beading so they’ll fit neatly over the expansion gaps. Finally for your laminate flooring installation, fix in position with a hammer and nail, then cover any holes with a small amount of wood filler to create a perfect finish.
That’s it for laminate flooring installation! Enjoy your new laminate floor!