Laminate flooring is easy to install due to its unique locking edges. It then “floats” above the subfloor, expanding and contracting with any climate changes in your home. Because of this, it can be installed over any other type of flooring. However, we still recommend trusting professionals with your laminate installation. Read on to learn more.
Before your laminate flooring installation
You want a problem-free installation. To help ensure one, here are a few things to do before our installers arrive. First, make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed. Next, know who’s moving the furniture. Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room. Measure door clearances before you have your laminate flooring installed. If the new flooring is thicker than your existing flooring, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your laminate flooring is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.
During your laminate flooring installation
To make your laminate look good now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here’s the procedure an experienced installation professional will follow.
Current flooring: Laminate flooring can be installed directly over some existing types of flooring; others will have to be removed first. Your professional installer will know the proper procedure as well as how to make the floor level and smooth.
Moisture testing: Your installer will check for moisture in the subfloor to prevent any potential problems with buckling or cupping.
Installation: Using the appropriate tools, the installer will cut and place the laminate planks or tiles, maintaining a gap around the floor’s perimeter to allow for expansion.
Room shape: A professional will know how to handle any challenges caused by room irregularities and odd or tight spaces, like cabinetry or a kitchen island. It’s a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.