How to install laminate floors

With laminate flooring you can have the look of hardwood, without spending hours and money on maintenance. It's an inexpensive way to update and transform any space yourself.


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Step 1:

Measure the room to determine how many boxes of laminate flooring you will need to purchase. Be sure to include cut-out areas and closets in your measurement totals. Just multiply the width and length of your room.This will give you the required square footage. Every box with laminate has a label specifying the square footage covered.


Step 2:

Clear the room of all furniture. Remove moldings if necessary.


Step 3:

Lay out the floor before starting with the installation. This will give you a chance to see how it will look and to be sure that you have enough pieces. This is also a good opportunity to check each piece for damage.


Step 4:

Prepare the subfloor by placing a sound barrier over the floor. For this use the foam-like material called ‘Alupete’, which is a high comfort silver colored floor covering. This should be laid across the surface of the subfloor. Work out the wrinkles and pull the Alupete tightly against the walls. Be sure that the foam-like pieces do not overlap. You can tape separate pieces together. Cut the Alupete sheet about 1 cm overlapping the wall.


Step 5:

Start laying boards along the most prominent wall. Leave at least 1 cm space between the board and the wall. This is accomplished by using plastic or wood spacers. Be sure that the groove side of the board faces the wall.


Step 6:

Attach your next board according to the manufacturer’s instructions included in each box. Be careful not to damage the tongue of the board you are attaching. A tapping block and / or rubber mallet can be used to snap the boards together.

Step 7:

Continue attaching boards until you reach the end of the row. You may need to cut the last board in the row using a table, miter saw or jigsaw depending on the type of cut. Use any remaining piece of the board to start your next row. Begin your next row adjacent to your starting position. Continue this process until you have covered the complete floor.