Laminate flooring has become quite popular in recent times. Available in a range of colors and patterns, this sturdy, durable flooring is made to resemble natural wood and stone floors.
So if you are planning to revamp the look of your home but are stuck with the budget, then this synthetic flooring may be the answer to your woes. Laminate flooring not only looks good but is also quite resistant to denting, scratches and fading. Moreover it is actually very easy to install and you can easily take up this do it yourself project with these simple step by step instructions.
- Measure the floor size and buy good quality laminate flooring. Make sure that the flooring that you purchase from the manufacturer has interlocking tongues. Before starting off with the actual installation read the guidelines and instructions provided by the manufacturer.
- To install the flooring you will need a floor edge trimmer, jigsaw, claw hammers, hammer drills, a Stanley knife, masking tape and a nail punch set. Keep your safety goggles and gloves handy.
- The first step in installing the flooring is preparing the floor. Remove any dirt and debris and make sure that the floor is clean. You also need to repair any damaged flooring or level the floor in case of depressions. Raised spots on the sub-floor can be flattened with a surface grinder. Existing carpets or other flooring has to be removed before you can start the installation. You can also opt for underlays like poly foam, wood fiber boards or a combination of the two for the best results.
- Decide the direction for laying the flooring. Ideally laminate flooring has to be installed in the direction of the light source. You can also align the planks next to the longest wall of the room.
- For the actual installation, start out with laying the boards from the left hand corner of the longest wall in the room. Make sure that the boards are parallel to the wall. Place half inch spacers against the wall and push the groove of the board against them. These spacers allow the floors to expand and contract with ease without warping. Now for each plank, match the tongue to the groove to interlock it securely in place. Continue with the installation till you have installed the final plank.
- Trim the sides of the flooring by removing the spacers and then measuring the trim dimensions. Cut accordingly and apply trim glue on the sides. Stick the trim to the flooring and let it dry.