Wondering how to install laminate flooring in your home? You’ve come to the right place, as our flooring experts break down the process step-by-step to help you on your way with fitting your brand-new laminate floor.
Depending on your level of DIY experience, you may prefer to hire a professional to install your laminate floor for you. However, if you are used to performing bits of DIY to your home then it is well within your capabilities.
Most laminate floors have been manufactured with ease of installation at their core, but if you run into any difficulties, we would be happy to help. Now, here’s the steps involved in installing your new laminate floor:
Once you have received your flooring delivery, move the packs into the room where they are to be installed and we would recommend at least 1-2 days for the boards to acclimatise to the temperature of the property. Ensure there is no plastering going on while the packs are acclimatising as the moisture in the air could penetrate the flooring.
Once the subfloor type has been established you would maybe wish to check the following:
Wooden/Plywood Subfloor – How level is the subfloor, is any extra work required to even discrepancies?
Concrete – Are there any concerns of moisture? (In a new build concrete subfloor allow one month per inch of concrete laid for drying out before installing floor) Also, is the subfloor level?
Clean - Ensure that the subfloor is as cleaned before putting any flooring down on top.
Allow a minimum of 10mm expansion gap around the outside of the room, 10.5m is the maximum width of one piece floor, if the wood goes wider than 10.5m the extra expansion gap should be applied for all sides. Ensure the boards are all laid straight and even, leaving spacers at all edges (these will be later removed and the space created covered by skirting and / or beading.
Most laminate flooring boards are click system, meaning they do not need to be glued, the boards click together and the weight of the boards clicked together will hold the floor down. A tapping block will press the joins, if required. For herringbone laminate flooring, the letter A and B on the back of the floorboards will indicate opposite sides, so like a real herringbone floor, fit using opposite sides.
For laminate flooring installation we recommend using an underlay under the boards. To ensure the correct underlay is used, please see our underlay options. By starting at the mid-point of the room, work towards the outside by completed first full rows of left and right hand sided planks from top to bottom of first runs. The weight of the floor will increase as more boards are added to the floor thus restricting any movement.
Laying the floor
Only after checking conditions of your subfloor and after suitable acclimatisation would we recommend installing your floor. As per above point a dry run of the direction and how
herringbone effect is working in the room may be practiced before gluing the floor down and trying to rectify at a later date. For more detailed installation it would be best to consult a specialist floor fitter or alternatively you can call Floor Monster directly on 0844 33 504 33.
Looking for a new laminate floor for your home or business? Our range of laminate flooring includes a variety of styles and finishes to suit any budget and look, including the ever popular laminate herringbone range.