Laminate Installation Do's and Don'ts

You have purchased laminate flooring and are ready to install your beautiful new laminate floor. Before you begin to install your laminate flooring, you will want to review the following basic laminate flooring installation tips. Laminate flooring will be a permanent fixture in your home; as it is not something that is changed on a regular basis.

Therefore, know the basics before you begin installing your laminate flooring. Use our installation tips to avoid potential problems with your floor.

Print Installation Do's and Don'ts list for your reference.

Do list:

- Read instructions provided by manufacturer

- Let the floor to acclimate to room temperature for at least 48 hours before installing

- Make sure your subfloor is: prepared, level, clean and in good repair

- Use proper laminate underlayment

- Tape together the seams of your underlayment as you are laying it

- Leave at least 3/8"

- Stagger rows one plank width from each other

- Use Universal Installation Kit when allowed to help tighten joints, speed up installation

- Use small pieces of scrap laminate as spacers to save and keep the same size of the expansion gap.

-Inspect every plank for any damage before installation


Don'ts list

- Don’t install laminate on any floor with a drain

- Don’t install laminate on uneven subfloor

- Don’t install laminate flooring in an area where it will be exposed to constant dampness or extremely high or low humidity

- Don’t install laminate over residential carpet

- Don’t install double layer of laminate underlayment- too much cushion underneath will cause planks to separate

- Don’t run your laminate floor lengthwise over 30 linear feet- a transition strip must be used to continue.

- Don’t continue installation through openings that are less than 48" wide- use a transition

- Don’t cut laminate in place when you install it- keep your installation area clean (flooring, subfloor, underlayment)

- Don’t cut into back of the laminate, as this will cause chipping in the decorative top layer. Always be sure to cut into this layer.

- Don’t nail wall base molding or quarter round to the floor- always fix it to the wall with room underneath for the floor to expand and contract


Tip:  When you purchase your laminate flooring, make sure you also purchase any thresholds, quarter round and base molding at the same time. This will save you time and money. Remember, laminate flooring comes in an array of colors and will meet your decorating needs. The durability and strength that laminate flooring offers is something you will appreciate for years to come.