Laminate flooring is ideal for rooms that have low or high traffic. The laminate is durable, and it comes in various wood grains as well as colours. Are you interested in installing laminate flooring in your home? Well, you can do it as a DIY project by following the instructions given in this content. This way, you will get the new laminate floor in no time. To install laminate flooring, you need to buy or rent the tools such as utility knife, hand saw, hammer, miter saw, tapping block, measuring tape, pry bar, spacers, and vapour barrier paper that are needed. These tools will make your job easy and less time consuming. Follow the steps given below.
Use the measuring tape to estimate the square footage of the room that you want to install the laminate flooring in. Based on this, you should purchase the laminate and vapour barrier paper. Include the baseboards and closet area to take the edge to edge measurement.
When buying the laminate, add 20 percent to 25 percent more to balance for the wrong measurements. Sometimes, the laminate flooring will come with a piece with a chip that you do not like to use. You can purchase it extra when you want to replace or repair. Open the boxes and let the flooring sit for two days to prevent buckling of this new laminate.
Remove the baseboards and furniture and sweep the room to get rid of trash or dirt. Make sure the flooring is checked for pieces that might have damage.
Choose the wall that is the most prominent in the home. Lay the boards leaving almost 5/16th of one inch at the wall. This is for the expanding and contracting of the floor all through the room.
After setting the first board, apply one after another by snapping them in their places. Do not press too hard or do not break the groove. Continue adding another row by joining the groove and tongue. Carry on the process as all boards are laid tightly. The miter saw is used to cover the current angle in the board.
You can replace the moulding on the walls by starting with an edge of the room. Remove the spaces and the moulding and tack into the place with the help of hammer and nails.
Check to know if the boards are tightly placed together. There should be a snug fit and see for any chips or crafts. You can repair the spaces with coloured caulk.