Laying Laminate Flooring
Laying a laminate floor may seem daunting but lety our guide help you through the process.
Before you start the whole process it is best to have a think about the type of laminate flooring that you want. There are various types of laminate flooring on the market from basic laminates that look like wood or tiles to more advanced laminates that are textured so that you would not be able to tell that the flooring is laminate at all.
- Laminate Flooring
- Laminate Flooring Spacers
- Laminate Underlay
- Tape Measure
Measuring the flooring area
When measuring the area of the floor that you want to cover add 10% for wastage from cutting the laminate flooring.
Lift the skirting boards?
There is an option to lift the skirting boards in the room to fit the laminate flooring snugly under or the other option is to use specialist laminate flooring edging that is available in most DIY shops and can also make for a good finish.
Prior to laying the laminate floors, it is best to store the flooring within your house to allow the flooring to acclimate to room temperature. It is important to do this to avoid the flooring from expanding and contracting during installation.
Lay the foam underlay first, this cushions laminate flooring and helps to reduce the noise.
Laying the flooring, choosing which way the flooring will go in the room will help to create the look and may even help a room to look larger than it actually is. Laying the laminate flooring across a room can help to make the room seem wider.
Start laying the laminate longways connecting each plank to the previous plank using the tongue and groove style connections ensure that there is space between the wall by placing the spacers tight against the wall and pushing the first row of laminate hard up against the spacer when to get to the end of the row flip the last piece of laminate flooring upside down and mark with a marker and cut along the blank side of the laminate.
DIY Focus Tip – Cutting on the opposite side will help to avoid any chips or scratches on the printed side, we know this from experience.
Work your way backwards away from the row of laminate that you just set and start to lay the next row. It is always a good idea to use the end of the laminate that you have just cut for the start of the next row. Do not do this if the section is too short. This can not always be done it depends on the shape of the room.
I find the best way to lay the laminate flooring is as you go ensuring that you have spacers against any walls allowing the laminate a gap.