Tips For Installing Laminate Flooring

DIY Tips For Installing Laminate Flooring
Whether you have done flooring installation before or if this is the first time, you probably know that it can be a big job. If you are like many other do it yourself enthusiasts, you have a lot of confidence when it comes to trying new things. By doing some research beforehand, you can install laminate flooring that looks professional, thereby saving a considerable amount of money so that you can upgrade and update your own home. One of the advantages to laminate flooring over hardwood, carpet, or tile is that you don’t need to have a lot of specialized tools in order to do the installation. Still, there are a few simple tricks that can help the process go much more smoothly and that can ensure that your floor still looks great, even after it has gotten some wear.
Choose High Quality Flooring
Before you are ready to do the installation, make sure that you select a type of laminate that is going to hold up well over time. One of the best products on the market is Quickstep flooring. As one of the most innovative brands in the industry, Quickstep has done a lot to make sure that their flooring is strong and durable, and that it is easy to install. This flooring has patented Uniclic technology that increases the ease of installation and helps the boards to stay in place, even without the use of nails or glue. It also is resistant to moisture and scratching so that it stays looking nice over time. Also, make sure that you order five to ten percent more square footage than the area because you will need to cut some planks. Also, it is a good idea to have a little bit of extra in case a few planks get damaged and need to be replaced in the future.
Before Installation
Like hardwood, the temperature and moisture in the air can affect laminate floors. Before beginning installation, it is a good idea to have the laminate in your home for between 24 and 48 hours so that it acclimates. This will help to avoid having the laminate shrink or grow, causing warping or other problems once it has already been installed.
First Row
Normally, the grain of the flooring should be parallel to the longest length of the room. While you may want to deviate from this, according to your own discretion, it is important to know that this is the standard direction of installation. Installing the first row will probably be the most time-consuming part of the entire installation, unless you have to make complicated cuts in your flooring to go around stairways or other features of the room.
When you begin your installation, you may choose to purchase a kit that has ¼ inch spacers that you can put against the wall. These spacers make it so there is room for the flooring to swell and contract without buckling.
Once you have finished this row, continue with the rest of the floor. Make sure to stagger the planks so that you don’t have any joints that line up. This will help to strengthen the floor and avoid having a look that is too uniform. By following these simple tips, you will be off to a great start as you do your own flooring installation.

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