Installing laminate flooring is a reasonably quick and easy way to add a stunning, durable floor to your home. Today's laminate flooring has become so advanced that most people find it difficult to tell the difference between a laminate and hardwood once installed. This guide highlights the essential information required for your laminate installation.
The most common method of laminate installation is Glue-less Floating Installation where the boards are clicked and locked together above the sub floor. Please ensure you have ordered enough flooring for cover for wastage.
Allow your flooring to acclimatise in the installation area for a minimum of 48 hours. The product must be stored in a flat postiion with no excess weight on top and inside the product packaging in which it was delivered. It is important to follow the advice of a professional fitter but The longer it is left to acclimatise the less likely you are to encounter issues later with heat expansion or contraction.
PREPARE THE SUBFLOOR
GLUELESS FLOATING INSTALLATION
Most of the laminate floors available on the market today use a glueless (click and fit) installation method.
INSTALL THE FIRST ROW
Extra time should be taken when installing the first row of your laminate as it is vital that the first row is straight even if the walls are not.
INSTALL THE MAIN PART OF THE FLOOR
INSTALL THE LAST ROW
Once you lock the last board in place, you can remove all spacers and begin using your new laminate floor.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE AREAS
Laminate flooring can be installed in a variety of areas as well as on stairs or around fireplaces.
INSTALL ON STAIRS
Normally, laminate should only be installed on enclosed stairwells so that the walls hide the unfinished edges of the laminate. When installing laminate on stairs, the laminate should always be glued down and never floated as this poses a safety hazard. A stair nosing should then be glued to the edge of each stair to cover any unfinished edge and for a clean finish.
INSTALL AROUND FIREPLACES
There are two different methods which can be adopted when installing laminate around brickwork:
PROFILES AND NOSINGS
TIPS AND TRICKS
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