Laminate Flooring Installation Guide

Laminate flooring allows a low-cost flooring project to achieve the indoor house character that is comparable to wood and stone products.

While there are no indoor restrictions as to where you can use it, be particular of the product’s moisture resistance. Take note that its inner core is made of fibreboard which is susceptible to water damage, so it’s a brilliant idea to use in a bathroom, laundry room or anywhere near water.

You can use it for the kitchen flooring, but you will have to wipe out spills instantly.

There’s no need to remove the old surface before installing laminate sheets; they can be attached directly to move surfaces except carpets. However, keep in mind that it can slightly elevate your floor. Take to the supplier about the transition thresholds of their products.

If you’re putting it over existing kitchen flooring, make sure your appliances will still fit into their original places after the new laminate is installed.

Prepare the room by taking out the baseboards and the base shoe. Clean the floor and ensure that the surface is level. Uneven areas can result to soft spots and may open up the seams. Sand down the uneven spots and fill those crevices using a quality leveling compound.

Get the dimensions of the room to determine the total square footage of laminate that is required for the project. Melbourne laminate flooring installers advise that you add another 5% for mistakes. Do not forget to the leave a 3/8 gap around the room perimeter to cater the contraction and expansion of the laminate flooring. Don’t worry because the gap will be concealed by the base shoe and baseboards.

Help the flooring product adjust to the room. Bring in the planks and distribute them around the room in piles. Leave them there for at least 48 hours so they can acclimatize to the room’s humidity and become stabilized. After 48 hours, inspect the planks for any damage.

Prepare the door frame. Use a piece of the new flooring and underlayment to help you determine the amount of trimming that will be needed. Cut these pieces using a specialty saw called jamb saw.