Laminate flooring is one of the most unique types of flooring materials available. But if you have an uneven floor, laying it can be quite a pain. But with the help of this article, it will all be quite easy. Read on to find out how to lay laminate flooring on uneven floors.
- First and foremost, you need to patch the floor. For the patch work use a latex leveler that is available at any home or flooring store.
- If the floor is just plain plywood, then you can replace the individual pieces of plywood which are out of shape, with a new one.
- Another important thing you can use to level the floor, before laminating is floor putty. This is easily available in any hardware store and does the job wonderfully well.
Tips On Laying Laminate Flooring
- Start off by vacuuming the floor so that it removes any kind of dirt that might be present on it.
- Although fitting the laminate board might seem pretty simple, remember that it needs proper care. Keep in mind that laminate flooring expands and contracts naturally, so it requires some space to breathe.
- Allow about 10mm space between two boards. The boards should be laid lengthways facing forward towards the light source of the room.
- Lay the first board along the wall and fit the spacers between the wall and the board. Make sure that the board is parallel to the wall.
- Now, the next board should be laid end-on to the first board after you make sure that the tongues of both the boards interlock nicely.
- You can go on and strengthen the laminate. To do it, the boards need to be offset. To offset the boards, start at the second row with half a board and then angle the long side of the board to about 30 degrees. This will lock the tongue of the boards. Now, if you press a little forward and down at the same time, this will lock it into place nicely.
- If you have done this well, the last row will fit perfectly but this might not be the case everytime. If the boards are not fitting in properly, you can cut the board and put it into proper position, after removing the wedges.
- After the flooring has been properly laid, the spacers must be removed and the gaps that are visible around the wedges on the boards can be covered with laminate flooring trim.
- Apply the adhesive to the back of the trim, and stick it to the floor. Press the trim hard so that it fits properly into place and allow it to dry completely.