Installing laminate flooring is a popular way for homeowners to add an attractive feature to their home that is easy to install and maintain. With a wide array of colors and styles available, options can be found that fit in with the décor of every room in the house. To get the project rolling, you'll need to pick out a color and style and gather a few tools to get your new flooring installation off the ground. Follow these steps to install laminate flooring.
Step 1 - Prepare the Existing Floor
Begin by removing the existing flooring. Carpet and pads should be stripped from the floor. Remove all tacks and adhesive. Vacuum the floor carefully to remove loose debris. Even the floor as much as possible and remove the baseboards from the perimeter of the room. Use care when you are removing the baseboards so that you can reuse later.
Step 2 - Measure Carefully
Measure the floor to determine the exact amount of flooring and padding you'll need. Buy 5% more than you plan to use in case you need to replace some of the pieces.
Step 3 - Pad and Planks
Once you have the proper amount of material, the first step is to install the pad. Roll the pad and connect it together at the seams with tape. Installing the flooring planks is relatively simple. The pieces join together in a simple pattern, but you must stagger the connections. While you are connecting the planks, use the pull bar and rubber mallet to make a tight fit.
Step 4 - Reinstall the Baseboards
Once all of the flooring planks are in place, you can reinstall your baseboards. Do not nail the baseboards to the flooring. The floor is not actually attached to the house. It is a floating floor.
With simple installation techniques like these, laminate floors have become very popular in the last few years. You can join the growing number of homeowners taking advantage of this home improvement option.