One of the best ways to give a spanking new look to a room is by refurbishing the flooring. Most people will swear by a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But that doesn’t always do the trick. If you have walked on the same threadbare carpet for ages; now is the time to discard it and opt for a good laminated floor. Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of designs and patterns, promises high durability and is available at ‘easy-on-the-pocket’ prices. The best part is that you can customize your tastes when it comes to installing laminated floors and give a perfect impression of wooden flooring with it. Go through these step-by-step guidelines that provide tips on installation of a laminated floor easily at home.
How to Install Laminate Wood Flooring
- Laminate flooring
- Laminate flooring pull bar
- Measuring tape
- Moisture barrier
- Coping saw
- Tapping block or Rubber mallet
- Caulking compound
- Shoe molding
How to Install
- Prepare a sub-floor with the help of a moisture barrier and place it over the floor. Ensure that you pull the foam pieces tightly against the walls, so that there are no creases or overlaps. At the same time, make sure that you tape the separate pieces together.
- Next, lay boards along the most prominent wall of the room, leaving a space of 5/16 inches between the board and the wall. Ensure that the rough side of the board faces the wall. You can also use plastic or wood spacers for this.
- Go through the manufacture’s instructions and attach the next piece of board according to the directions provided there. Carefully handle the tongue of the board that you are attaching. You can use a rubber mallet or a tapping block for this.
- Attach boards, until you reach the end of the row. If required, cut the last board in the row, with the help of a saw. Use the remaining piece of board for the next row.
- While laying boards for the next row, make sure that you start at the same starting position as the previous row. Continue the process, till the entire floor is covered.
- Replace the shoe molding and cover the space between the wall and the boards. Finally, fill the small crevices in the floor with a caulking compound, of similar color, to the flooring. Your laminated floor is ready to tread.