Laminate flooring is a type of flooring that is manufactured using various materials like melamine resins, and fiberboard materials. Laminate flooring is manufactured by pressing these materials and creating multi-layer synthetic flooring called laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring is a type of flooring that simulates the look of either stone or wood and looks almost the same as stone flooring or wooden flooring. Laminate flooring is a great option for homes, and offices and also, for a range of different buildings as it is very easy to install and also an inexpensive form of flooring. The following are some of the tips on how to install laminate floors.
Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring
- Laminate flooring is a great choice for people looking for strong and durable flooring that is easy to install. While installing laminate flooring the equipment includes a tape measure, level, saws, hammers, utility knife, clamps, nail punch, carpenter’s square, foam underlayment, floor installation kits, sealants, duct tape and a range of different tools to install the flooring.
- Assembling the materials and tools required to install laminate flooring beforehand makes sense. There is often a list of tools and materials needed available online. Many times laminate flooring is installed by homeowners themselves as it is easy to install if all the materials and tools are available.
- Laminate floors need to be placed in the room where the flooring is to be installed 48 hours before the installation process for the laminate flooring boards should become acclimatized to the temperature and humidity in the room. Leaving these laminate flooring boards unpacked for two days in the room is an important part of the process as humidity and moisture play an important role in maintaining laminate flooring.
- Laminate flooring and moisture do not work well with each other. Water and excessive moisture can completely ruin the laminate floors. Once water damage takes place, laminate floors cannot be fixed and they need to be completely replaced. While installing laminate flooring, it is a good idea to check the sub-floor moisture content. Depending on the laminate flooring, there is a limit to the moisture content permissible beyond which humidity levels will negatively impact the laminate flooring even ruining the laminate flooring.
- The baseboard molding along the walls of the room must be kept in place but if there is any shoe molding that runs on the sides along the wall at the bottom, it must be gently removed before placing laminate flooring. This process can be done using a pry up bar and needs to be done before installing the laminate flooring.
- The floor under the laminate flooring needs to be perfectly level. This means that first before installing this type of flooring, it is necessary to use a ruler and level and make sure the flooring underneath is at a level. Also, it is a good idea to mop the floor and completely cleaning the floor under the laminate flooring so that it is not uneven in any area. Prepping the floor under the laminate flooring is a good idea.
- Before installing the laminate floorboards it is important to roll out the underlayment. Underlayment is a thin layer made up of foam, plastic or felt which is placed between the flooring underneath the laminate and the laminate flooring itself. This underlayment is essential as it smoothes out and levels the surface below the laminate flooring and also forms an insulation and cushion under the laminate flooring. It protects the flooring from moisture and makes it last longer and creates a more durable laminate flooring.
- The last step is to actually install the laminate flooring. For this laminate flooring, boards need to be placed in such a way that they exactly fit the area of the indoor space where the laminate flooring is to be placed. It is a good idea to access the length, breadth, and area of the space, cut the laminate flooring boards accordingly and then start the process of installing the laminate floorboards so that there are no issues with installation.
Laminate floors are strong and durable types of flooring options that are often used by many people as it is a popular flooring option. Laminate flooring is easy to clean, it is stain and scratch resistant and it is a very practical and affordable type of flooring option.
Laminate flooring does not always qualify as the most expensive looking flooring option and does look cheap in comparison to hardwood floors and classic floors made of ceramics and stone, but it is much more convenient to use.
Laminate flooring, however, does not work well with water and water damage can completely ruin laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is a strong type of flooring which lasts long and is easy to maintain. There are many patterns colors and designs available in laminate flooring as it is a top choice when it comes to flooring options all over the world.