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What’s The Purpose Of The Wooden Wedge For Laminate Installation?

What’s The Purpose Of The Wooden Wedge For Laminate Installation?

Hi May, We’re sorry to hear that you’re having troubles with an installation video! Sounds like the locking system you’re referencing is the G2 or Angle/Angle type of installation. Don’t feel alone though, this type of installation stumps many customers. However, there is hope! Once you understand how to do it, it’s like riding a bike! What Is The Wedge For? ... Read More »

Why Laminate Flooring Is A Perfect Home Renovation Option

Why Laminate Flooring Is A Perfect Home Renovation Option

Today’s economy has homeowners looking for ways to improve the value and comfort of their homes without spending more than they can afford. Home renovations, traditionally, are invasive, expensive, and highly stressful. One of the most common renovation projects is painting the walls of a room, since it provides a big improvement in a relatively short period of time. However, ... Read More »

What can happen to laminate flooring without the proper expansion gap?

What can happen to laminate flooring without the proper expansion gap?

Are you installing laminate flooring soon? Then you should know you need to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of your room, right? Because you know that things like this picture below can happen. This is called buckling and this is the most common thing that happens when you don’t leave the proper expansion gap. What is Buckling? Buckling occurs when laminate flooring ... Read More »

Where to Start: Beginning a Laminate Flooring Installation

Where to Start: Beginning a Laminate Flooring Installation

Dear Sian, Many people can relate to your nervousness to start a laminate flooring installation. The beginning of any big project is critical. You want to start it on the right note so everything runs smoothly. You’re in luck! A laminate flooring installation doesn’t require years of on-the-job training and experience. It’s ideal for DIYers. To help you enjoy the ... Read More »

Can I install underlayment under laminate with attached padding?

Can I install underlayment under laminate with attached padding?

Dear Craig, Laminate with attached padding (underlayment) can be confusing to many DIY installers. You read articles touting the importance of using underlayment for moisture control, noise reduction, and overall support. It’s natural to wonder what you should do to maximize your floors longevity when the underlayment comes pre-attached. Extra Padding Poses a Risk Most underlayment provides extra padding on ... Read More »

How to Dispose of Laminate Flooring

How to Dispose of Laminate Flooring

Dear Chuck, Congratulations on your new floors! We’ve found that there’s always a huge sense of accomplishment after finishing up a flooring project. The last step – disposing of the mess – isn’t something you have to worry about. Laminate flooring is made of 80% wood. That means that much of it can be recycled. Before you start filling your ... Read More »

Should I Install Laminate Flooring Before or After I Install My Kitchen Cabinets?

Should I Install Laminate Flooring Before or After I Install My Kitchen Cabinets?

Dear Scot, You’re right! With so many pros and cons for both sides, this often feels like a dilemma during kitchen remodels. This is a big project and you want everything to turn out perfectly. There are a few risks with installing your shelving and appliances after your laminate flooring. These include the expansion and contraction risk you referenced, and ... Read More »

What Are the Best Questions to Ask Before Buying Laminate Flooring

What Are the Best Questions to Ask Before Buying Laminate Flooring

Dear Mark, Buying new flooring is both exciting and a little bit scary. You want to make the best choice for your home, budget, and long-term comfort, but how? Asking smart questions before you buy your laminate flooring is the best way to know that the purchase you’re about to make is the right one for your home. Here are ... Read More »

If the First Row of Flooring is Not Straight Can I Continue a Laminate Flooring Installation?

If the First Row of Flooring is Not Straight Can I Continue a Laminate Flooring Installation?

Dear Monica, Stop! Do not move forward with the installation until the first row is completely straight. The first row sets the tone for the entire installation. If it’s crooked, your entire flooring will be crooked. This is the most important step in the installation process. Let me explain. Why It’s Problematic For laminate flooring to stay in place and ... Read More »

How Should I Prepare for a Laminate Flooring Installation?

How Should I Prepare for a Laminate Flooring Installation?

Dear Pamela, First of all, congratulations on your new flooring! Putting in new floors can change the look of your home. Fortunately, installing laminate flooring isn’t hard. Here are some of our top tips to make your installation project a little bit easier and keep things moving along stress free. 1. Let the floor acclimate. Before you install your flooring, ... Read More »