If the carpet flooring of your home has started to look worn out, this is the time when you should give it a change with laminate flooring. Laminate floors are not very expensive and they can be installed with ease. In addition to that laminate flooring can give the look of hardwood flooring, which is sure to add to the interior of the room in a great way. Here we will elaborate on how to remove the carpet flooring and replace it with laminate,
Remove the carpet
The first step is surely to remove the carpet, and in fact it is not much difficult either. All you need to do is to pull up the carpet from the perimeter tack strips. If you are removing the carpet of a single room, start with cutting the carpet at the door of the room for which you are changing the flooring. The carpet is normally placed on padding with the help of tack strips, and once you start pulling off the carpet up and away from the walls, it will come off easily. Roll the carpet and take it away. In case the room is bigger in size, cut the carpet at places with a knife to make it easier for you to remove and carry the carpet off.
Remove the padding, tack strips and baseboard
Once you have removed the carpet now you need to remove the padding along with the tack strips, which might not be as easy as removing the carpet calgary. For removing the tack strips you will need to use pry bar and hammers. Ensure to put on gloves before you start to deal with the nails of the tack strips. In case the padding is attached with the sub-floor with nails, remove them with the pry bar before pulling the sheet off. If the padding is glued with the subfloor at places, use a metal putty knife to scrap off the attached areas. For removing the baseboards from the wall use a metal putty knife.
Level and clean the sub floor
Well this is one of the most vital steps in installing the new laminate flooring. You need to check the level of the subfloor and ensure that it matches exactly with the guidelines provided by the manufacturer of the laminate floor. Always make sure that the sub-floor is dry and free from moisture. Scrape out any remaining glue, paint or nails from the sub-floor and ensure that the area is completely flat. Use a two-by-four lumber to check the level of the subfloor and fill up any low area. For filling the nail holes on the subfloor, use wooden screws. Use sandpaper on the sub-floor if needed, to ensure that it is completely levelled. Once you have levelled the surface, vacuum it to ensure that it is completely clean and devoid of any dirt or dust.
Lay the moisture barrier
Before you put on the laminate flooring placing a moisture barrier on the subfloor is important. No matter how dry the sub-floor looks, you should never plan to install laminate flooring without laying the moisture barrier. Follow the guide of the manufacturer for choosing the underlayment. Normally, 6 mm plastic sheets, resin papers or foam underpadding are used for the purpose. Once you have laid the barrier tape the seams.
Install the laminate flooring
After the underlayment is in place now you can start installing the flooring directly. The boards of laminate flooring typically snap together, so you need not to use glue for holding them with the subfloor. Start laying the boards along a wall till you reach the end of the room. Use a tapping tool for snapping in the flooring boards. Once you complete the laying attach new baseboards.