The Simplicity Of Laminate Floor Installation
Creating a modern home is not always as difficult as it may appear. There are a number of tasks that one can do oneself which not only saves money, but also contributes to a great deal of satisfaction. The task of laminate floor installation is one of those things that can be done by oneself. It could even be transformed into a family activity for the day.
The most important factor to consider is whether the original surface is flat. If this is not the case, the new covering will not be straight either and this can become a complicated matter as one lays the flooring. The surface also has to be free from any existing wood or ceramics, as well as any glue or cement patches.
The next step is to determine what materials are needed and of course, what tools are needed. Start by measuring the room and visit the store that will sell the product. They will be able to determine how many boxes are needed by the measurements given to them. One should also be sure to purchase a utility knife, wood glue, an undercut saw, hammer and chisel. If the original flooring is concrete, one will also have to buy moisture barrier.
Once that is purchased and transferred back home, the task can begin to lay the flooring. Firstly lay out the vapor barriers one row at a time. It is best to start from the longest wall of the room. Once this is done, one can then start with the laminated parts. Lay the planks parallel to the longest wall of the room. It is vital to leave an expansion gap between the wall and the first plank. This is so that the planks can expand during various temperature conditions.
Once the first plank is positioned, everything will fall into place. One simply has to place each plank into the groove of the other and soon the entire surface will be covered. The last plank will have to be trimmed. This is where the sawing will take place. Take care to measure it perfectly before attempting any cutting.
The last task in the laminate floor installation is to install the base molding and the thresholds between the floor and the doors. These come in various styles to suit the rest of the furnishings. Be sure to remove any spacers and at this point, the room will have undergone a complete makeover.