A Quick Guide To Laminate Floor Installation
Laminate floor installation can be a fiendishly difficult process for the novice, and should not be attempted without first consulting the specific instructions for the type and brand of flooring to be laid. However, there are some general guiding principles which are useful for anyone to bear in mind.
The first thing to consider is the alignment of the tiles on the surface. In general, specialist workmen will recommend aligning the tiles with the longest wall in the room. Occasionally though, if the lighting in the room is an issue, then it might be better to lay the tiles with the seams running parallel to the window.
It can often look good if the tiles are installed on a diagonal angle across the room. This does require more than basic skill levels though, as it can involve some tricky cutting and shaping. The end result can be very attractive though.
The most common type of laminate flooring is usually board style-planking with a tongue and groove construction. It is considered better to work from the left of a room to the right. Spacers should be used to set up an expansion zone in the same way that a wall tiler does.
Once the first plank has been set down, then another piece of planking should be added to the right, then the short ends can be properly aligned and locked into place. Cutting the pieces to fit can be difficult, and it is advisable to use a carbon-tipped bladed power tool or a handsaw for this task.
The process can be difficult to finish off, as cutting and trimming can take time and patience to get right. It is well worth persisting with as otherwise the whole effect of the flooring can be ruined. Although it is job for someone with good practical skills, laminate floor installation can be undertaken any anyone who has access to the right materials.Read More