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How to Install Laminate Floors

 

Step one.

 

When you decide which room you're installing your laminate floors in, you first need to place the opened packages of flooring in the room for at least 48 hours. As with all things, wood expands and contracts with heat and cold, so letting your flooring acclimatise will minimize shrinkage or expansion. Leaving you with a more complete install.

 

Step two:

 

Make sure the surface you'll be installing your laminate floors is clean and tidy. This will again improve the final look of your floor.

 

Step three:

 

Prepare your floor. Add a moisture proof layer to improve the longevity of your laminate floors. Find some moisture resistant tape and some plastic lining. Flatten the lining on your floors and then tape it down with your moisture resistant tape.

 

Add a layer of padding onto the moisture resistant layer and tape this down too. A padded layer is essential as it can cover up and little bits of rock or sand you may have missed when cleaning the floor to give a flat, even finish.

 

Step four:

 

Lay your first board. Ensure the finished side I facing up and that the side of the laminate tile with the ridge on it is facing the wall. During this step you'll also need to add spacers around the edge of your laminate flooring. You can make these spacers yourself and they should be half a centimetre wide, spaced around a foot apart. Alternatively you can purchase these from shops.

 

How to Install Laminate Floors

 

Step one.

 

When you decide which room you're installing your laminate floors in, you first need to place the opened packages of flooring in the room for at least 48 hours. As with all things, wood expands and contracts with heat and cold, so letting your flooring acclimatise will minimize shrinkage or expansion. Leaving you with a more complete install.

 

Step two:

 

Make sure the surface you'll be installing your laminate floors is clean and tidy. This will again improve the final look of your floor.

 

Step three:

 

Prepare your floor. Add a moisture proof layer to improve the longevity of your laminate floors. Find some moisture resistant tape and some plastic lining. Flatten the lining on your floors and then tape it down with your moisture resistant tape.

 

Add a layer of padding onto the moisture resistant layer and tape this down too. A padded layer is essential as it can cover up and little bits of rock or sand you may have missed when cleaning the floor to give a flat, even finish.

 

Step four:

 

Lay your first board. Ensure the finished side I facing up and that the side of the laminate tile with the ridge on it is facing the wall. During this step you'll also need to add spacers around the edge of your laminate flooring. You can make these spacers yourself and they should be half a centimetre wide, spaced around a foot apart. Alternatively you can purchase these from shops.

 

Step five:

 

When you reach the end of the row, you'll probably need to cut one of your boards to fit the last one in which is fine. When you start the second row, you need to start with the rest of the cut off you used at the end of the first row. This way, it staggers the joints of the boards and ensures a more lasting fit.

 

Step six:

 

Ensure the boards are properly fitted together by used a mallet and tapping the end of the boards together. It's wise to place something over the boards to ensure that no damage occurs to the edge of the laminate flooring.

 

Step seven:

 

Repeat steps five and six until your room is completely covered in laminate flooring.

 

If you have any trouble with any of these steps, feel free to contact us.  

 

When you reach the end of the row, you'll probably need to cut one of your boards to fit the last one in which is fine. When you start the second row, you need to start with the rest of the cut off you used at the end of the first row. This way, it staggers the joints of the boards and ensures a more lasting fit.

 

Step six:

 

Ensure the boards are properly fitted together by used a mallet and tapping the end of the boards together. It's wise to place something over the boards to ensure that no damage occurs to the edge of the laminate flooring.

 

Step seven:

 

Repeat steps five and six until your room is completely covered in laminate flooring.

 

If you have any trouble with any of these steps, feel free to contact us.  


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