Home Renovation Budget Tips: Installing Snap-Together Laminate Flooring

Installing laminate flooring

Home renovations are an excellent way to make your home more livable and more valuable without spending a fortune. In today's difficult economic times, most families cannot afford the time or money to hire private contractors for home renovation projects. This has made DIY projects, such as laminate flooring, all the more popular. There are several advantages to installing laminate floors in your home. These high tech, easy to clean, durable, and attractive materials can be installed over a weekend by amateurs without any special skills or tools.

Installing snap-together laminate flooring is simply a matter of ordering the proper square footage of laminate flooring planks, clearing the area, removing any carpet that may be present, ensuring that the subfloor is clean, dry, and flat, and then snapping the planks into place. Unlike other materials, laminate floors are designed to be installed by the home owner. Best Laminate has laminate flooring for sale and installation kits that include everything you need. Read our installation check list before installation.

Measuring For Laminate Floors

When measuring for laminate flooring, it is a good idea to remove and set aside the floor trim that covers the joint between the wall and current floor material. If it will be reused, this is an ideal time to repaint or thoroughly clean the trim. Your laminate floors will look even more polished if you buy matching trim when you order the planks. Most suppliers who have laminate flooring for sale also offer trim, molding, and end caps to match. Take the length and width of your room and multiply those numbers for a total square footage of the room. For example, a 10' x 14' room would equal 140 square feet of floor space. It is always a good idea to order 2-5% more laminate flooring to cover for errors and omissions.

Collect Your Tools

Before beginning to install laminate flooring, you will want to collect the tools and materials needed to finish the job. Once your snap-together laminate flooring planks arrive, you will need the following tools:
• glue
• finish nails
• transition thresholds
• wood putty
• hammer
• plastic sheeting
• duct tape
• blue painters’ tape
• tapping block
• utility knife
• spacers
• chop saw
• tape measure
• gloves

Most of these items cans be found around the house and those that are specific to laminate floors can be purchased any place with laminate flooring for sale.

Prepare The Subfloor

The subfloor is the surface the laminate flooring planks will rest on. If the existing floor is carpeted, the carpet must be removed. Any other material can be left where it is to act as an extra layer of insulation, support, and comfort. The subfloor layer must be flat, dry, and clean before installing laminate floors. Plastic sheeting should be used to create a moisture barrier. The sheets should be overlapped 6-8" and duct taped. The sheeting should also be taped to the wall, 2-4" above the floor, with blue painters tape.

Laying The Planks

The process of laying laminate flooring planks is a simple matter of starting in one corner and working your way out. Depending upon the type of planks purchased, Best Laminate has laminate flooring for sale that features the underlayment padding already attached. This is the best choice for someone who has never installed laminate flooring before.

You can use spacers or a plank tipped on its edge to create a ¼" space between the laminate flooring and the wall. This allows for expansion. Planks should be laid snugly against the spacers, end to end until the wall is reached. The end piece is then cut ¼" from the wall, using a hack or chop saw. The cut piece should then be used to begin the next row to ensure that the seams created by the planks do not line up. As each row is added, the planks are snapped into place against the row next to it. This is what makes laminate floors so simple to install.

Clik or tap

Each plank should be gently locked into place with or without tapping. Make sure to read manufacturers instaruction since different floors require diffrent techniques. Not all the floor can be locked with tapping technique ( hammer and a tapping block) to protect the edges of each plank. Each row of laminate flooring is installed using the same process until the opposite wall is reached. Depending upon the width of the room, the final planks may need to be ripped to the proper width. For more tips read our list of 11 biggest laminate installation misteakes.

Final Touches

A transition strip should then be installed between the new and old flooring at doorways. Remove the spacers and then cover the edge and the moisture barrier with trim and molding. Nail heads should be tapped below the surface of the wood and filled in with wood putty.  A little touch up paint on the nail holes and you will suddenly find your room transformed quickly and affordably with laminate flooring from Best Laminate that is easy to clean, durable, and beautiful.