Do you still remember the times when plastic laminates were primarily used as kitchen countertops? Over the years, flooring trends changed and the use for plastic laminates have evolved as countless homeowners and business owners have discovered the benefits that this material offers when used as a flooring alternative. Nowadays, it’s common to see laminate floors in residential and commercial spaces. Aside from the fact that they’re very easy on the budget, they’ve also proven themselves to be one of the most durable options that offer high resistance to spills and scratches. With laminate floors, you also have a wide range of styles and colors to choose from
What’s more, the best part about installing laminate flooring is its easy installation process. Unlike their counterparts, laminate floors do not need special sawing, grouting, or special adhesives to have them installed. The planks are easily placed by using the floating-floor method which eliminates the need for them to be nailed or glued down in place. The entire process can take a day to complete or less, depending on the size of the room and how fast you work.
If you’re wondering how laminated floors are installed, check out this step-by-step guide:
Step 1. Prepare the room.
If you’re working with a small or a medium-sized room, be sure to remove all pieces of furniture or other decorative items that will keep you from gaining full access to the entire floor area. However, if you’re working with a much larger room, you can simply move these items to one side while you’re laying the laminate floors.
Keep in mind that the floor has to be clean, smooth, and flat before you begin the installation process. If you notice an uneven surface, you might need to redo the floor and place an underlay to achieve a flat and even surface. Furthermore, check all the baseboards and trims around the room, as well, and remove them before starting. Check for air ducts that are installed on the floor to avoid accidentally covering them up with the laminate flooring.
Step 2. Repair squeaks on the subfloor and positions the underlay
You certainly don’t want your floor to create creaking sounds every time you step on a specific plank. Before putting the underlay, it’s best to repair the squeaking sounds on the floor first, if there are any. Once you determine a creaky spot, place a drill a drywall screw until it reaches the floor below.
Once you’ve fixed the floors, it’s time for the placement of the underlay. The underlay serves as a barrier for moisture and as a cushioning layer beneath the laminated floors which also helps in reducing the sounds. There are a lot of different options when it comes to the underlay so be sure to use the one that’s recommended by the manufacturer.
Step 3. Assemble the planks
Start by removing the tongue of the planks on the side that touches the wall on the first row. Use a spacer and place it between the plank and the wall. The space it will create is critical as laminated floors tend to expand or contract, depending on the weather conditions. Start working from right to left. Be sure to close the gaps joint tightly without gaps.
Move to the second row and continue doing the same procedures. Although the planks lock together, oftentimes, you still need to keep the joints tightly locked using a hammer or a tapping block. Keep doing the process until you’re on your last plank.
Installing laminate floors is quick and easy. However, sometimes, no matter how much we want to save on installation costs, it’s not always the best course of action to take. If you’re not sure if you’ll do a good job of installing your flooring, it’s better to leave it to the professionals. This way, you won’t have to exert too much effort on installing the planks and you’ll see better results at the end.