A step by step guide for installing laminate flooring
HDF laminate flooring is the most affordable, reasonable and easy to install. Setting up laminate flooring is much like putting up a large puzzle together and should take not more than just one day for any room. Unlike tiles or hardwood flooring, laminate flooring needs no grout, mortar, adhesives or nailed down.
A layman who has little hands-on experience with carpentry can install the laminate flooring without any setback. If you want to install laminate flooring and looking where to begin, then this blog might help you out. Before we talk about the steps to install the laminate flooring, let’s see the tools you will be needing.
Equipment’s you need to Install Laminate Flooring:
- Safety Glasses/ Dust Mask
- Tape measure
- Utility Knife
- Undercut Saw
- Adhesive tape
- Circular or Table saw with carbide tip blade
- Carpenter’s Glue
Stages to Install Laminate Flooring
Beforehand you install the laminate flooring, it is best to accurately measure the space that you will be working on. Take measurements of the width of the space or the border perpendicular to the direction you want your boards to be aligned. Follow these instructions to properly install laminate flooring in your home or office, keeping in mind that accurate measurements and right techniques are required.
STEP 1: Acclimate your Planks and Prep the Subfloor
Your laminate planks need to adjust to the room until you can install your new floor. Lay down the laminate pieces in the room where you'll be putting them and leave them for at least 48 hours. This permits them to adapt to the room's temperature and moisture levels before installation.
After that, you need to prep for the subfloor. You can either install the laminate flooring over an existing floor or by removing it. Sweep or vacuum any debris found on the floor, make sure the floor is completely dry.
STEP 2: Prepare the Door Jambs
To begin with, place a piece of laminate flooring over the underlayment and align it with the door frame. Mark the top of the laminate flooring where it meets the frame with a pencil. This helps you to know where to cut. Then, using a jamb saw and cut away the little piece of wood. While installing, your flooring should be able to glide effortlessly through the little space.
STEP 3: Install the Underlayment
You must install the underlayment before installing the laminate flooring planks. This thin, dense foam is intended to reduce sound and keep your flooring warm. It can also serve as a bridge over any gaps or imperfections in the subfloor layer below. Few laminate floors come with an in-built underlayment.
Suppose, your flooring does come with an underlayment, then proceed by laying down two rows of underlayment. With a utility knife, cut the pieces to fit the width of the room. Tape or adhesive can be used to hold the adjacent parts together.
While laying the underlayment sheets next to each other, make sure they don't overlap. You want to avoid stacking your underlayment on top of another layer as it might cause bumps or uneven portions of your floors.
STEP 4: Start the First Row of Planks
Trim the tongues (not the grooves) from the boards that will be used to edge the first wall. This is often simple enough to execute with a sharp utility knife, but you can also use a table saw or circular saw.
Begin by arranging the first row on the longest wall, with the trimmed edges of the planks against the wall. Start from the right and make your way to the left. Install a full-size board against the wall, spacing it about 1/4 to 3/8 inch (as instructed by the manufacturer) away from the wall and ensuring the groove edge faces out. To keep this gap, place scrap wood spacers between the flooring and the wall.
STEP 5: Continue Installing the Planks
Moving from right to left, the last piece of flooring in each row will always be cut off, with the cut-off piece from the left, shift it down to begin the next row of flooring on the right side.
Install the boards for the following rows similarly but slightly different from the first row. Holding each piece at a 45-degree angle, insert the long tongue edge into the groove of the boards from the previous row, then lower the piece flat to the floor to lock the joint.
Using the same tongue-and-groove fitting technique (method of fitting similar objects together, from edge to edge), while installing the final row of ripped planks, you will be working closely to the wall, the last row of boards can be a bit tricky.
STEP-6: Finishing your Floors
Remove the spacers from against the walls once you've finished putting your floors. Baseboards, thresholds, and other finishing touches, such as staining, can be used to complete your floor.
Knowing how to install laminate flooring does not have to be complex. It comes in useful and reduces labour costs whether you want to repair your kitchen flooring or put wood laminate in a busy hallway. HDF laminate flooring is moisture and scratch-resistant, making it a great choice for households.
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