Would you also like to try your hand at laying laminate flooring? If your decor taste is on the expensive side and your budget won't quite play along, quality laminate planks can be a good alternative to a real hardwood floor.
These days laminates are made to simulate everything from wood looks and textures, to tiles and even stone flooring. These planks come at a fraction of the cost of wood or real stone and are relatively easy to install, even for DIY novices. A bonus is that the tools you will need for the job are fairly basic and inexpensive as well.
If you like the sound of this, you may have questions such as...
- Is a laminate floor a good option for a bathroom or kitchen?
- I have never done this before. Is it really an easy installation for a novice?
- What can I do about sound dampening?
- Will I need to make changes to the sub floor beforehand?
- What if there is a serious mishap down the line? Will I be able to repair my floor?
Time to grab a cup of coffee, kick off your shoes and check out this freebie PDF which will answer 9 crucial questions for you, before you venture into your floor installation.
If you have seen tongue and groove laminate planks, you will know by now that they are manufactured to click together securely, without the use of nails or glue. You will be creating what is called a floating floor. The planks come in a whole range of qualities and finishes, each suitable for a different level of traffic.
Some of these you can only install in a lighter traffic area such as your bedroom, for instance. Others are perfect even for the hustle and bustle of a living room and may also be robust enough to withstand the traffic flow in light commercial areas. So, by taking a close look at the wear layer and the rating system applied to a particular line, you can get a good match for your particular flooring needs.
In the PDF I will also give you a link to my article about the 3 most important things you need to check when making a buying decision.
By adopting some easy, common sense maintenance habits, you can avoid unsightly scratches or other blemishes on your newly installed floor. Worried about kids or pets damaging your floor? Look, accidents can always happen in a busy household. But for the most part, provided that you opt for a well-known quality brand, the good looks of the planks should last for a long time. In fact, many of the brands come with warranties stretching over 25 to 30 years, or even a lifetime!
The main thing is to do your homework before your installation, so that you are sure that you avoid common pitfalls and choose exactly the right planks for the room you have in mind. I have written this easy-to-read ebook to get you started.
Keep in mind that a laminate floor is unlikely to add the same value to your home as a real hardwood installation. However, with careful planning it can create a great impression of quality and warmth.