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Laminate Flooring Frequently Asked Questions: Installation & More

Laminate Flooring Frequently Asked Questions: Installation & More

Installation of a laminate floor can be a DIY project. For first time installations, there are many questions and concerns. Here’s a list of the 8 most frequently asked questions about laminate flooring installation.

1. What is the recommended thickness for laminate flooring?

The thicker a laminate floor is, the more sturdy it will be. If you are installing on a cement subfloor, it does not matter what thickness flooring you use since the subfloor is already very sturdy. If you are installing on a wood subfloor, particularly one that is not new, opt for a thicker laminate flooring to create more sturdiness and support.

2. Can I use laminate on a concrete basement floor with a vapor barrier and pad?

Absolutely!  The nice thing about a concrete sub-floor is that the thickness of the material doesn’t matter one bit.  A 6mm floor will feel like a 15mm floor.  Be sure to use a vapor barrier underlayment to prevent moisture from seeping up. Please keep in mind that laminate flooring is not waterproof, so if your basement is prone to flooding, you may want to look into vinyl flooring for your basement.

3. Does it matter if the floor slopes?  It is relatively flat but not perfect.  It’s an old house built with floors sloping towards a drain.  We will not be covering the section of basement with the drain.

Try leveling the floor as much as you can. The laminate won’t bend that much, however if there is a height difference of more than 3/16th of an inch, there is risk of the floor buckling. Vinyl plank flooring that glues down would be the only option that would conform to the slope. We have a wide selection of vinyl flooring at Bestlaminate! Read Bob and Betsy’s article to determine if vinyl or laminate flooring would better suit your needs.

4. I am planning to install laminate in my den and hallway in mid August.  Is it too early to purchase the laminate now or can I just put in another room until I am ready to install?

You can order at any time and keep until you are ready to install. Remember to also order underlayment and accessories if it’s needed!

5. What are Reducers?

A Reducer is similar to the End Cap.  It is a transition molding that is sloped on one side, essentially tapering off the floor as opposed to capping it.  This piece is used for any transition where the two floors are not even with each other such as laminate to vinyl, cement, tile, wood, or a laminate with a different thickness.

Reducer Merbau

6. What do I need to know about choosing moldings?

Determine what type of flooring you will be transitioning to and if the two surfaces are even with one another.  You also need to know if the existing flooring is secured, usually either with a Tack Strip or a Bull Nose.  You can always call us with questions at 1-800-520-0961, or chat with us on our website, and we’ll be happy to walk you through what you need.

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7. What is a Stair Nose?

A Stair Nose is a durable step molding trim that is used to end the laminate on the edge of the steps. Stair noses will add a finished look to stairways by creating a smooth rounded edge to each step. They can be glued or secured with screws and are typically 94″ long.

versatrim stair nose

8.  What is 3-in-1 Silent Underlayment?

This premium underlayment is ideal for all floating floors such as laminate and hardwood.  It provides excellent sound reduction and thermal insulation.  It is easy to install and comes with attached moisture inhibiting membrane and tape on the overlaps.

Have a burning question we haven’t answered? Write it in the comments below, chat with us on our website, or call us at 1-800-520-0961!

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