The things about laminate floors are that they are affordable and beautiful. Installing them is also easier – you may install them yourself. The following tips should help you install your laminate floor.
Prepare well for the installation task by measuring out the area and getting all the right tools. The items you will need include handsaw, pencil, utility knife, carpenter’s square level, spacing blocks, pry bar, pull bar, hammer, tapping block, finishing nails and rubber mallet.
Measure the rooms and calculate the total square feet. This will help you determine the flooring you will need. It is recommended to get 10% more square feet of laminate flooring material. Keep in mind that there will be some wastage in the form of cuts and errors. So the additional laminate material can help cover it. It will be best to choose laminate floors with melamine backing, under-laminate, and aluminum oxide top. Make sure to remove all the furniture and appliances from the rooms.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the laminate floors. Start from the end of the floor that is more visible and move towards the end of the wall that is less visible.
If you need to replace a plank that gets damaged during installation, you should begin by removing the last installed plank. Keep removing the subsequent planks until you reach the damaged one. If the room is larger than a thousand square feet, it is recommended to leave an inch of space to allow expansion around the room’s borders, pipes, cabinets and doorframes.