Wood laminate flooring is a wonderful alternative to using real wood. It gives you the look of real wood without the maintenance associated with it. It is waterproof, stain proof and resists nicks, chips and scratching. There’s no need to wax or varnish it.
It’s best to have a professional install the laminate flooring for you. However, if you choose to do it yourself, here’s how.
- Measure the floor area of the room, so you know how much wood laminate you need to purchase. Make sure to measure the perimeter of the room so you know how much baseboard to purchase as well.
- Select the finish you want for the space and purchase the laminate. You will need the special floor glue that can be purchased along with the floor. You will also need the purchase the underlay. This material will help absorb noise and provide support for the laminate.
- Prepare the space. Remove all furniture, old carpet and baseboards. Take out doors. The room must be clear of obstruction. Sweep and vacuum the space. The floor must be completely clean and level so remove any imperfections on the floor surface, such as any carpet tacks.
- Place the underlay. This is purchased as a roll. Do not overlap the sides of the underlay. It needs to be laid out flat and there is no wrinkling on bunching. You may place an additional layer of plastic under the underlay if you will install directly on concrete floor.
- Start positioning the planks of laminate floor and work your way through the room. The groove side should be placed against the wall. Do not flush the plank completely against the wall. You should leave a ¼ space between the wall and the first plank to allow for the wood to breathe or expand. There is a spacer that can be purchased along with the laminate as part of the installation kit. When you lay out the floor, the planks should be staggered, just like a real wood floor.
- Use the adhesive to secure the wood laminate onto the floor. Make sure you place it down correctly or it will be very difficult to remove.
- Fill in the end spaces with the corresponding length of laminate you need.
- Finish up by installing the baseboard onto the walls. This will hide the ¼ gap between the wall and floor.
Keep in mind that when you put down wood laminate flooring, the overall height of the floor will go up, so you may need to trim off the bottom of doors so that your doors will open and close freely. Installation of wood laminate flooring is much easier than a real hardwood floor. Once you have installed it, maintain the floor by mopping it. It’s that simple! No wonder wood laminate flooring is a popular choice with new homebuilders and those seeking to remodel their homes.
If you feel the project is too difficult, get a professional installer. One room should only take about a day. Once your flooring has been installed, it is now ready to be enjoyed for years to come.