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Laminate flooring is an excellent choice in attractive, durable floor covering for home or commercial settings. It’s no wonder that it has been one of the most popular types of floor covering available for more than 30 years. This durable material resists burning, staining and scratching and holds up well to everyday wear and tear for many years. Available in a wide variety of attractive finish pattern such as ceramic, hardwood and stone it’s easy to see why so many people choose affordable, easy to install laminate flooring for their homes.
In addition to all of these virtues, laminate flooring is incredibly easy to take care of. Basic sweeping and mopping will keep it looking good for decades. It’s also easy to install, but should you try to install it yourself? In this article, we will discuss the steps necessary to install laminate flooring. Read on to learn more.
Even though laminate flooring is very affordable, you should keep in mind that your purchase and installation of this flooring is an investment in the overall value of your home. If you invest in high quality laminate floor covering, it would be a shame to have it improperly installed. Errors made during the installation process could cause you to have to have your flooring replaced in a short period of time. Additionally, improperly installed flooring could invalidate the warranty on the flooring product and reduce the value of your home rather than increasing it.
If you’ve never installed flooring before, you’ll need to study up on the technique. You’ll also need to avail yourself of all of the supplies necessary to perform the installation.When you purchase your laminate flooring be sure to buy at least 10% more than is absolutely necessary. This will leave you extra to account for cutting errors. Additionally, it’s good to have some flooring to set aside in case of damage and repairs in the future.
Once you’ve purchased your laminate flooring, you’ll need to give it some time to acclimate to the humidity level of your home. Lay it out flat for a couple of days before installing it. To do this, you must remove all wrapping materials and open the flooring up so that air can flow freely around it.
While you’re waiting for your flooring to acclimate to your environment, you can prep the area where you wish to install it. The first thing you need to do is remove the baseboards and thresholds. If the room where you want to put your laminate flooring is carpeted, take up the carpet and padding too. Remember to hire a dumpster to dispose of the carpet and padding! The next thing you should do is prep the sub-floor with a good cleaning and installation of a vapor barrier.
With all the prep work done, you are ready to begin installation. Begin laying your tiles in the corner of the room farthest away from your door. Remember to leave a half inch space between the flooring tiles and the wall. When you do this, the floor will be able to breathe and move without any buckling or warping. Work your way methodically along the wall until you get to the end of the room. That’s one row!
When you do get to the end of the row, you will probably need to trim the last tile to fit. Be sure to take accurate measurements (leaving a half inch next to the wall). Use a straight edge to mark the tile and cut it carefully to set.Once you have the entire room done, you will need to reinstall the base molding and the thresholds.It’s easy to see that there are a lot of careful steps necessary to install laminate flooring properly. Professional installers do this every day, so they are able to complete the job quickly and efficiently. In fact, good professional installers are likely to get the whole job done within a day; whereas, someone unfamiliar with this type of work (such as yourself) might take two or three days or more to finish it.
If you have professionals install your laminate flooring, they will naturally come equipped with everything they need to take up your old carpet and dispose of it. They will also remove your baseboards, prep your sub-floor, add the vapor barrier and install your flooring quickly and efficiently.You should also keep in mind that in order to do a good job installing laminate flooring, you should be relatively fit. It takes a lot of stooping, bending, kneeling and crawling around on the floor. If you’re not used to this sort of thing you will end up with quite a bit of pain in your neck, shoulders, knees and back. Of course, professionals are used to this kind of exertion and don’t have quite so much trouble with this kind of pain.
You may be surprised to know that all this quick efficient service usually cost somewhere between $40 and $100. If you consider your own usual hourly rate and the amount of time will take you to perform this unfamiliar job, you may easily see that you would save a lot of money hiring a professional.