Numerous Creators, Yet A Single Process
Things worth knowing prior to installation day. You’ve learned all you need to (Hopefully by visiting our store and this website), shopped smart and made your best purchase decision. Now we offer two words of advice: be prepared. Get ready for the day your new laminate flooring will arrive for installation. Being prepared and involved will help insure that the process is done smoothly and efficiently, and, hopefully, eliminate expressions of “I wish I’d remembered to…”. Knowing what to expect will also be a lot less stressful on you, your family and your home. Let the pros do the job is our first advice. Installing this type of floor yourself is difficult work, labor intensive and extremely exacting. We recommend you call upon a reliable professional to install your laminate floor. That way you can be assured of a beautiful, efficient and correct installation. However, while installing laminate flooring is a skill that is developed through years of experience, your understanding of the basics of installation will increase your knowledge of the process and enhance your confidence in the professionals working in your home. We strongly recommend you call upon a reliable, seasoned, dedicated professional to install your laminate floor.
That way you can be assured of a beautiful, efficient and correct installation. Which is precisely what our goal is for you. However, while installing laminate flooring is a skill that is developed through training and experience, your understanding of the basics of installation will increase your knowledge of the process and enhance your confidence in the professionals working in your home. So please allow us to cover some of the basics with you. Numerous creators, yet a single process. Today there are many manufacturers producing laminate flooring products. Most manufacturers have their own specific installation guidelines, however the overall process is the same. Laminate floors use what is known as a “floating floor” installation. This means the planks or tiles simply lay on top of the floor without being adhered to the subfloor and are only adhered to each other on the edges. Side seams are either glued together or joined using a “glueless” installation where the planks or tiles tightly interlock together.
Both installations are considered floating floors. First, your floor goes under the glass. The first step an installer takes when installing a laminate floor is to closely inspect your subfloor for any imperfections. While no floor is perfectly level, the subfloor should be checked for any noticeable gaps or ridges that could cause problems. Your floor is then cleaned. The installers will also make sure that the laminate planks or tiles have had sufficient time to acclimate to their new surroundings. Probably by delivering them days ahead of installation. Understand underlayment, for it’s the next step. The installers now put down an underlayment directly over your subfloor. This underlayment allows the floor to expand and contract with changes in temperature and also acts as a sound and moisture barrier. In some installations, there are two underlayment layers. The first layer is installed to specifically act as a moisture barrier while the second layer provides a sound barrier and enhances your flooring’s performance. The underlayment is typically rolled out and taped together at the seams. Installers will cut the pieces of underlayment where needed with a precision utility knife to make a perfect fit. Now your laminate planks or tiles are laid.
Laminate flooring is a popular flooring option because of its attractiveness, durability, scratch resistance and, most importantly, its ease of installation. Laminates can be laid down on almost all subfloors with minimal preparations, which is why many homeowners tackle its installation as a DIY project. But, when it comes to concrete subfloors, excessive moisture is a definite concern. There are many factors to consider in order to install laminate flooring properly on a concrete subfloor. If you efficiently manage all these criteria, you can rest assured that your floor installation will be completed perfectly. Here’s a guide to installing laminate flooring over concrete to get great-looking floors that last for years. The installation process will vary according to the type of laminate planks and tiles you choose. They can be floated on the subfloor, for instance, if they have a click-lock system. Floorboards: Buy 10% more square footage of floorboards than is necessary to ensure you have enough in stock in case of wastage.