Install it Yourself

LAMINATE FLOORING

 Is it bullet proof or indestructible as the marketing and advertizing suggest?  They are a tuff & durable product if the environment and installation procedures are followed.  Laminates have several critical issues that need to be addressed and if properly done they do last and… Continue reading

Staircases
Cut the stair nosing to the desired length and attach to the sub floor as per manufacturer’s instructions.
Tread Flush or Even with Riser
The riser must be installed before the nosing is fit into place. If installing from a floating floor, follow the above instructions. When installing on… Continue reading

Room Preparation:

  • Be sure the room has the correct temperature and relative humidity for installing laminate flooring, as specified by the manufacturer.
  • Remove existing quarter round.
  • Remove carpet, padding, and tack strip.
  • Wood or parquet flooring glued to concrete must be removed.
  • Undercut all door frames. Extend undercut approximately 1”… Continue reading

Moisture Testing:
A manufacturers approved moisture test is recommended over all concrete
sub floors, and wood sub floors constructed over a crawl space or basement.
Be sure to record the test results in a reliable manner for future reference. Certified Flooring Inspectors may be hired to perform Moisture Testing.
The… Continue reading

General Sub Floor Requirements:
The sub floor surface must be flat. Flat means no low spots or ridges more than allowed by the manufactures instructions.
The sub floor must be structurally sound and clean of debris.
The sub floor must be dry. (See specific requirements for wood and concrete below)… Continue reading

Essential Tools and Materials

  • Laminate Flooring
  • Underlayment
  • Manufacturers approved vapor retarder (for concrete substrates)
  • Spacers
  • Hand saw or power saw (Carbide tipped blade)
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Pull bar
  • Masking tape
  • Manufacturers approved wood glue
  • Calculator
  • Jigsaw
  • Dust pan and broom
  • Undercut saw
  • String line or 8 ft. straight… Continue reading

DIY- How to Install Laminate Flooring

General Installation Instructions for Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is designed to be a floating floor that may be installed over virtually any type of sub floor. It is not nailed or glued to the sub floor. Instead, a glue- less system with an extremely… Continue reading