Answer THESE 9 Questions Before Laying Laminate Flooring


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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.

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Answer THESE 9 Questions Before Laying Laminate Flooring

  2. 2. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 2 9 Crucial Laminate Flooring Installation Questions Answered Plus DIY Tips by Rika Susan © 2008-2014 All Rights Reserved Free articles, videos and ebooks about flooring, blinds, awnings, shutters and other home remodeling issues Feel free to email this ebook to a friend, or offer it to your site visitors as a bonus or free download!
  3. 3. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 3 Disclaimer The information in this book is for entertainment and informational purposes only, and is not intended as a source of flooring or home improvement advice. It should not be used as the basis for making a flooring choice, installing flooring or maintaining any type of flooring. Images may not accurately represent the flooring product, and should therefore not be relied upon to make a buying decision. The views expressed here are those of the author and the author assumes no responsibility for errors or interpretation of the subject matter. The author accepts no responsibility for the use or misuse of the information in this book, or for any losses sustained as a result of using this book. In all instances a competent flooring supplier or manufacturer should be consulted regarding purchasing decisions, installation procedures and the maintenance of flooring. The author of this book doesn't make any recommendations regarding do it yourself installation of flooring. The author assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any actions that may result from the information in this publication. Liability for the use of any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Copyright The contents of this book is copyrighted by All rights are reserved by Awnings-and- Thanks to Phaedra Wilkinson for the cover image:
  4. 4. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 4 9 Crucial Laminate Flooring Installation Questions Answered Laminate flooring has developed into one of the most popular home remodeling fields. Thanks to technological advances, this flooring material is designed with DIY enthusiasts in mind. An average-sized floor can be ready for use within as little as a day, depending on the size of the room. By now you may have heard quite a lot about laminate flooring and how authentically it can simulate a hardwood floor installation. But, how do you avoid making a mistake in your buying decision? I have written a number of other freebie articles packed with buying and installation tips for folks just like you! Simply click on any of the links below... 3 Crucial Things To Keep In Mind When Buying Laminate Flooring - Click here... 5 Laminate Flooring Installation Tips For A Pro Finish - Click here... How To Choose The Best Underlayment Pad For Your New Floor - Click here... Compare 5 Types Of Flooring, Plus 13 Things To Watch For Before Buying - Click here...
  5. 5. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 5 If you are new to this type of project, you may have a number of basic laminate flooring installation questions in your mind. Let's see if you can find some answers here... 1. Is a new laminate floor really easy to install? Well, perhaps 'easy' is always a relative term. No DIY project happens without a hiccup or two. So, you will need patience and careful planning. However, the days of battling to fit messy, sticky, glued laminate flooring planks are long gone. This came about with the introduction of what is called snap together laminate flooring or click together floors. This is a glueless option, meaning that you will be creating a floating floor, so to speak. The planks are not glued or nailed to the floor surface below. Rather, the unique tongue and groove design of the planks is such that one plank simply fits into the next one, forming a tight, neat joint. This can be one of the most gratifying do it yourself jobs to tackle, as progress is measurable and the end result quite spectacular. 2. My budget is limited. Is it costly to prepare the sub floor for installation? The beauty of these snap together flooring planks is that they can often be laid directly over ceramic, vinyl, tiling or real wood floors. This saves you the time and trouble of ripping out an old floor first. You need to do some prep work, of course, but this doesn't have to be expensive. For instance, you need to make sure that the floor is
  6. 6. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 6 clean and smooth. It is a good idea to carefully sand down any bumps or peaked joints. If you have carpeting on the sub floor, you will have to remove this. It is also recommended to do fittings of cabinets or cupboards first, before tackling your flooring project. If you already have a hardwood floor that is installed over a concrete sub floor, you will need to remove the wood planks. Get detailed advice about your options when you talk to your supplier. 3. Can I install the flooring immediately after my purchase? To be on the safe side, acclimate your floor planks by leaving the cartons in the room where they will be installed, for a period of 2 to 4 days. Ask your supplier what the recommended period is for the brand you decide on. This precaution will give you a floor that is more likely to remain firmly clicked into place. 4. Can I use laminate flooring in a bathroom or my kitchen? Again, this depends on the brand you choose. If you want to do the installation in a bathroom or kitchen, be sure that you are buying a brand with a surface that is highly water resistant. The manufacturer should state clearly that the planks can be used in high humidity areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens or basements. In these areas however, the expansion spaces (we will get to these in a minute) need to be sealed with a special sealant or a similar mildew-resistant silicone product before installing the trim or molding. The same should be done where the planks were cut to make room for cupboards or a dishwasher. Some experts also recommend sealing
  7. 7. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 7 the joints by using glue. Again, your supplier will be a valuable resource. Think in terms of long term durability when deciding on the best installation process, even if it will mean investing a some extra time and effort. Just remember that even if the planks are water resistant, they are not made to handle standing water. You still need to mop up any spills as soon as possible, to be on the safe side. 5. Can I install laminate flooring on stairs? Yes, unless otherwise indicated, laminate can do well on stairs. On stairs, you will probably need to glue the flooring to the sub floor. You can usually purchase a stair nosing to help you with a neat finish on the steps. The nosing is adhered with a quality construction adhesive and finishing screws. 6. Do I need to provide for expansion spaces around the perimeter of my installation? Due to its floating nature, these floors expand and contract along with changes in humidity and temperature. It is therefore vital to measure and leave the recommended expansion space between the flooring planks and the adjacent walls or cupboards. If you don't do this, you will have unsightly buckling floors in no time. Floor moldings can be used to hide these spaces after installation and to ensure a professional
  8. 8. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 8 finish. Use spacers to keep your distances even. If you are tackling a very large floor area, the expansion space needs to be increased. Each brand comes with its own recommended expansion space. Make sure that you adhere to this, in order not to void your warranty. 7. I have heard that laminate flooring has a hollow sound when used. Is this true? The sound depends on 3 factors: 1. The sub floor 2. The quality and type of underlayment padding attached to the flooring planks, or placed separately between the floor and the planks 3. The thickness and quality of the laminate flooring planks One way to reduce the hollow sound, is by installing a sound underlayment and resin polyethylene film underneath your floor planks. This can be a highly effective way of dampening the sound. Another benefit of this protective layer, is that it can act as a moisture barrier as well. This can lengthen the life of the flooring, so it is wise not to skimp on this. An additional advantage is that you could be ensuring a more comfortable floor underfoot by adding a quality cushioning layer. 8. Can I expect to get a professional finish when I do a DIY installation? The great thing about installing laminate flooring, is that every brand
  9. 9. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 9 comes with a satisfactory range of color-coordinated transition moldings. These are specifically available to give an elegant and stylish finish to your flooring project. T-Moldings are used in doorways, while end moldings are used along sliding doors and around tubs and basins. If you need to go from a raised flooring area to a lower hard surface such as vinyl, you would choose a hard surface reducer. 9. Is it possible to repair a laminate floor? Mishaps are inevitable in a bustling household, particularly if you have kids or pets! You can repair small nicks with something like a putty made for this purpose. Simply neaten the edges of the chipped area with a small knife, make sure the area is clean, and fill the hole with putty according to the instructions. A spatula gives a neat finish and the excess is wiped away with a clean cloth. It is with good reason that you are advised to purchase an extra supply of planks from the get go. With these floors, plank replacements are possible if a more major repair is needed down the line. At that time, the flooring may have been discontinued, or the shading may be somewhat different. If you prepared for this happening when making your purchase, you will not be in trouble. You will have planks from the
  10. 10. LAMINATE FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS page 10 same shading lot available, allowing you to easily do a section replacement. Hopefully this has helped to answer some of your basic flooring questions! You can always gather more flooring and other DIY tips from my other articles here.