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How to Install Laminate Flooring

 

So you have decided to go with Laminate flooring, great choice, now you just have to lay it. Getting this right is vitally important get it right and your flooring will give you years of reliable service but get it wrong and you will find yourself dipping your hand in your pocket again and having to pay for a whole new floor. In this post, we will break down step by step the important things to remember if you plan on laying your laminate flooring.

 

 

Measure

Start by measuring the space and then add 10% to make sure you have enough flooring. There will always be an element of waste.


Acclimatise

Bring the laminate into the room you plan on fitting them and leave it there for 48 hours. This acclimatises the material to the environment. You can keep it in the boxes but try to keep a constant temperature in the room and even a few days before. Laminate flooring naturally expands in changing temperature and humidity, if you skipped this part you might find gaps or peaks appear far sooner than you would expect.

 

The subfloor

The surface you fit the laminate onto will make a difference and impact on the final result. If it is uneven you need to sand it down so that it is flat before you begin.

 

Underlay

Depending on the subfloor you already have you might need to install an underlay. For example, if you have a concrete subfloor then your underlay will need a damp proof membrane. A wooden floor won’t need this membrane but if you have underfloor heating your underlay must distribute heat evenly.

 

Mark before cutting

When you need to cut the laminate to fit around fixtures and fittings, do not just go straight for the cut without first taking the time to mark it with a pencil.

 

Cut

When you do cut make sure you have the right tool and that is it sharp enough for the job. Chop saws or power saws are a good choice but if possible do it outside because of the excess dust. Also, remember that laminate easily chips so always cut downwards to avoid this. When pulling the saw back up, be very careful to avoid the saw connecting with the uncut section of the line.

 

Notch the planks

When fitting around pipes you need to use a jigsaw and notch the planks. Leave a 7mm gap so the pipe will fit.

 

Fitting

Different laminate floors have different systems, many use a click system that allows the separate pieces to fit together. Don’t overdo the glue because you will actually prevent the designed clicking system from working effectively.

 

Where to start

Start at the outside of the room, taking care to ensure that the groove side faces the wall.

 

The pattern

The first laminate board on the first row should be whole.  The first laminate board on the second row should be 2/3. On the third row, it should be 2/3. Once you get to the third row you can start with a full laminate board again. Continue with this pattern throughout the room. Once complete, this will mean that the end joints of each row are approx 200 mm from each other.


Mind the gap

Leave a gap of 10mm around the edge of the room to allow for natural expansion. To keep this gap you can use spacers and once complete you can use skirting boards or beading to cover it up.

 

Follow manufactures instructions

Each floor manufactured will have its own manufactures instructions and we highly recommend reading these carefully even if you have fitted laminate before.

 

Floor Fitter Wales - Although it is perfectly possible to lay your own floor the reality is you don’t have to. A qualified professional fitter saves you time, energy and stress. They even save you money. You see when fitted properly your laminate it will last longer than if small mistakes are made in the process.

 

Quick Step Master Installer -  When you purchase Quick Step with our master installer program, we are so confident in our product and fitters that we offer a LIFETIME guarantee. This means you never have to go through the process again (unless you want to of course)!

 

For more information or if you want us to fit your laminate floor for you, get in touch!

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