How To Lay Laminate Flooring

Posted on 23/06/2015 By

When it comes to laying laminate flooring it is as easy as following the written instructions found on each of the packs of laminate flooring that you buy. Each piece of laminate flooring has a tongue down one side and a groove down the other. the pieces of laminate flooring then interlock with each other by sliding the tongue of one plank into the groove of the other plank. Hardwood flooring is designed in exactly the same way, a tongue down one side and groove down the other. Now and again you may have to tap the planks gently to get them to join together properly. But the overall the process of installing laminate or hardwood flooring is fairly straightforward and uncomplicated.

Even though the majority of the manufacturers use the Uniclic technique to join the planks together it is still essential for you to have a read of the instructions as each manufacturer can have a slightly different method for joining their laminate or hardwood planks. If you are unsure as to how the flooring planks join together, the easiest thing to do is to go to the web site of either the flooring retailer or the flooring manufacturer. One or both of these sites will usually have a page or two discussing laying the flooring, there might also be a PDF
document explaining laying the flooring in detail which you can download.

Once you have the information you required to start laying the laminate flooring, a good idea is to have a practice run in an area where it will not matter if you don’t make a perfect job or you have to lift the planks up and start again. This will give you practice at getting it right prior to you laying the laminate flooring in a more important room in your home, such as your living room. One thing that you must remember to do prior to laying hardwood flooring is to open the packs the night before, this will let the hardwood planks acclimatise to their surroundings. However if you are laying laminate flooring then opening of the packs the night before is not really necessary, you can just open them as you are about to use them.

If you are building a new home or refurbishing your kitchen then you must have your kitchen cupboards completely installed before you start laying the laminate flooring. If you are laying hardwood flooring however, because the hardwood boards are heavier and stronger than the laminate ones you can install the flooring first then install the cabinets on top of the boards. Obviously having lai
d the floor first means that when installing the cupboards you are going to have to be more careful so that you do not scratch or dent the floor.

Another aspect of understanding how to lay laminate flooring is knowing which areas of your home are best suited to laminate or hardwood flooring. Laminate and hardwood flooring are very versatile products and can be laid over just about any type of surface, however there are rooms in your house where it is not recommended to lay laminate or hardwood flooring. Rooms where it would not be a good idea to lay laminate flooring are:

  • The toilet
  • Wet room
  • Sauna

or any area with a lot of water that requires mopping out regularly. Laminate and hardwood flooring will become damaged if exposed to moisture for any length of time.