The process of laying laminate flooring has evolved in step with the technological advances made with the floorboards themselves and is an entirely achievable task even for the most humble DIY enthusiasts.
Remember, if you are not sure how to place laminate flooring and DIY skills, in general, is always a good idea to ask a friend with more experience if they can help, even if it is to get to right foot.
Steps you need when laying a laminate flooring
One important thing to remember before starting to lay your laminate flooring is to make sure that your laminate flooring has been left in the environment where you plan to install it for at least 48 hours before you start to lay it. So, what steps to follow laying a laminate flooring?
1. Search for the Tools you’ll Need
You will need the following materials and equipment as they are beneficial when Laying Laminate Flooring. They include; a laminate cutter, a hammer, a sharp craft knife, Gaffa tape, tapping block, set square, tile spacers, safety glasses, knee pads, foam underlay, a pencil and a pulling bar.
2. Laminate Floor Measuring
To buy the right amount of laminate flooring, you need to know the total square area to cover. Fortunately, the laminate flooring is indicated both by the size of the individual plate of the panels and the entire area covered by the package.
Therefore, to calculate the number of laminate packages, you will need for your project. You must first multiply the width by the depth of your room. That will give you the size of your square zone.
3. Floor Marking
Although it is necessary to mark where you will place each laminate panel as you would with the placement of the slabs, it is essential to determine how you will put your first row and do it correctly.
For this reason, before moving on to the basecoat placement, decide now where you will start placing your first row of laminate and the direction in which the plates will go.
4. Underlay Laying
Begin by placing the basecoat ensuring that your spacers are in place and that you set the rollers at a 90-degree angle to the way you position your laminated panels; this is to avoid that the joints between the parts of the underlying layer corresponding to the joints between the parts of the laminate floors.
When laying the bottom layer, make sure there are no gaps or overlaps between the sections, as they can cause the boards to sink or be proud of them. Glue the joints between sections with a bit of tape to hold them in place.
5. Laminate Flooring Installation
Now he has just laid the laminate floor on himself. Following the design that you have already solved in Step 3, begin arranging your laminate floor, reminding yourself to keep the spacers in place between the laminate floor and the plinth to allow expansion.
If laminated floors are used, insert each new plate at a 45-degree angle from the previous one and gently lower the new plate into place.
6. Apply the Finishing Touches
Apply caulk: Apply 100% soft silicone caulk to the edges of the laminate to create an airtight seal. If possible, leave the new floor for 48 hours before adding the finishing touches.
That gives the flooring more time to acclimatize to the room, which is where 10 mm of space is placed between the floor and baseboards, allowing the laminate floor to expand without running out of the area.
Follow the above steps and you will have laid your laminate flooring correctly.