The reasons behind the rising popularity of laminate flooring in modern-day homes are many. Flooring material is made up of well-engineered composite wood with a resin coated on its upper surface that makes it environment friendly. It looks like a hardwood timber, but its cost is much lesser than hardwood.
Preparing the Floor
For this, remove the old flooring first. In case, a carpet is covering the floor, discard it along with the padding placed below it. Take out the tack strips that were used to fasten up the carpet at the edges and corners of the room.
Inspect the floor carefully to check whether any padding or some other materials are stuck to it. If required, scrape them out. Clean up the floor with the help of vacuum cleaner.
The thickness of laminate boards is very less and any underlying ridges or holes can cause damage to its surface. In those uneven areas, the laminate planks will either dip or bend and cracks may develop on them. So, its base should be leveled properly. The uneven surfaces of the concrete floor can be leveled by coating it with a layer of thin set mortar.
Expansion and contraction of the laminate flooring is bound to happen with the change in weather conditions. Hence, it is necessary to keep a gap of half an inch in between the edges of the flooring and the walls of the room. In the absence of such a gap, the laminate floor may get distorted after some time.
While installing it near the doors, it has to be extended under the door frames. So, the door frames need to be trimmed from below according to the thickness of the laminate board. Measure the thickness properly and then trim the door as per that measurement.
Laying the laminate flooring in the area surrounding a pipe is tricky. Measure the circumference of the pipe with great care. Bore a hole on the laminate plank which is about half an inch larger than the actual diameter of the pipe. Cut the holed out part of the laminate board into 2 pieces and place it around the pipe and paste the two pieces with glue.
Finally, check out each plank for any kind of damage. This because, if you find the defects before installation, only then the defective piece would be replaced or your money would be refunded.