How To Install Laminate Flooring

By: Peter Crump

Knowing how to install laminate flooring is as simple as reading the instructions on each package of laminate flooring that you buy. The edges of the laminate flooring lock together with the tongue and groove feature of each plank. The same thing applies when you install hardwood floors. Each board has a tongue on one side and a groove on the other. Sometimes you may have to gently tap the laminate or hardwood planks to get them to fit together, but the whole process of how to install laminate flooring is relatively simple.

Most of the time, when you are learning how to install laminate flooring, the planks simple snap together with the Uniclic system. It is important to read the instructions because each manufacturer has different methods of installing laminate flooring. If you are unsure about installing hardwood floors or laminate flooring, you can log onto the website of either the flooring retailer or the manufacturer. There is usually a section about installing the flooring and you might be able to download a PDF document telling you everything you need to know.

When you get the information about how to install laminate flooring, you can practice on a small area where it doesn't really matter whether you have to remove the planks. This will give you the practice you need for when you are ready to start installing laminate flooring in your living room or another room of the home. One thing that you do need to know about installing hardwood floors is that you have to open the packages of hardwood and let them acclimatize to the surroundings. In contrast, when you are installing laminate floors you don't open the packages until you are ready to start the installation process.

You do have to ask questions about how to install laminate flooring if you are not familiar with this type of flooring. For example, if you are building a new home, you do have to have the kitchen cabinets installed before installing laminate flooring. Installing hardwood floors however, means that since these boards are heavier, you can do all the floors of the house first before you install the cabinets. It would mean, though, that you do have to take extra care so that you won't scratch or dent the flooring.

Learning how to install laminate flooring also means that you have to learn about the areas of your home best suited for this type of flooring. Laminate flooring is a very versatile product and although you can install it over just about any type of surface, there are rooms in your home not conducive for installing laminate flooring. These include bathroom, wet room, sauna or an enclosed porch or anywhere that would mean an excess of water or continual mopping. Extended exposure to moisture could damage your laminate and hardwood floors. This is why it is important to get all the information you can about how to install laminate flooring.

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