How to Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring can be very practical for how easy it is to clean, and also for the fact that it doesn’t trap dirt nearly as well as most conventional wood flooring or tile flooring. Installing laminate flooring may seem like a tough task, but in fact it is a process that most people can accomplish with a little bit of determination and know-how. For the benefit of anyone and everyone who has ever considered laminate flooring installation in their home, a quick how-to guide on the subject will now be presented.

Acclimating the Laminate Flooring Pieces

Since things like humidity and temperature can significantly affect laminate flooring planks, it is very important that the laminate flooring be allowed to sit in the home for at least two days before actually installing the floor. Failing to adequately acclimate laminate flooring pieces is a leading cause of warping and disfiguring of laminate flooring after installation is complete. This has the potential to be an absolute disaster, since having a warped flooring surface is going to make the whole process all for nothing. A warped laminate floor will let in things like liquids, bugs, molds, and other things that are absolutely unacceptable for a flooring surface to have.

Cleaning Subfloor, Removing Base Molding

Cleaning the subfloor of any debris and dirt is essentially before installing your laminate flooring. This will insure that your laminate floor is not being installed over any materials that could potentially cause complications with the structural integrity of your new laminate flooring installation. If you are installing a laminate floor on top of a new concrete floor, it is important that you wait until the concrete is 100% cured and dry before installing to avoid problems in the level of your flooring surface.

Install the Vapor Barrier

Depending on the manufacturer of your individual vapor barrier, you may need to overlap the barrier over other pieces. Every model of vapor barrier is going to be different to some degree, and for this reason it is important to consult with the manufacturer if you have any questions about installation. The vapor barrier is going to be absolutely critical to the longevity and durability of your new laminate flooring surface.

Installing the Laminate Floor

When it comes time to actually install your laminate floor, it is important that for each individual plank, the tongue is matched evenly to the groove. This needs to be a snug and accurate fit in order for the flooring to actually move into place properly. You definitely don’t want any gaps or breaks along the plank lengths, as this can cause problems down the road. When installing the subsequent rows of flooring, the joints of the flooring should be staggered so as to properly fit all of the flooring pieces into place without unintended gaps. It helps to offset subsequent rows, since you don’t want the appearance of your flooring to appear overly uniform. Also, not offsetting subsequent rows is typically a recipe for a much weaker flooring surface.