Also known as floating wood tile, laminated flooring is multi-layer synthetic flooring product which is constructed in layers. Its inner layer is composed of fiber board materials and melamine resin and bottom layer is the “backing”. This bottom layer is designed to resist moisture. Being made of synthetic fibers, it is inexpensive than other types of natural flooring in the market. This flooring comes in various styles, designs and colors to match the décor of your home. Its various features such as easy to maintain, versatile and affordability makes it one of the main choices for flooring. Additionally, laminated wooden flooring’s installation is also very easy. Here are few tips to install laminate flooring like professional:
Remove Baseboard :
If room has shoe molding running along baseboard, remove it. Pull the baseboard with metal putty knife to prevent any damage to wall surface. Then carefully use thin pry bar. When nailing the shoe back into place, make sure to nail it to baseboard rather than flooring.
Undercut the Casing :
To fit new flooring neatly around doorways, it is compulsory to undercut or trim the door casings so that flooring will slip underneath. Spread a piece of rubber in front of the casing and then lay piece of plastic laminated flooring on the top. This will help to analyze how high to cut. Use handsaw, reciprocating saw or oscillating multi-tool to cut top of the flooring scrap. After this, vacuum up all the debris and dust.
Prepare the Subfloor :
Make sure that subfloor is perfectly level and tap down nail heads (if any). Also, remove paint or remnant glue with metal putty knife. Drive 2-inch drywall screw through the subfloor if there’s any noisy spot in the room.
Install Underlayment :
The thin rubber underlayment forms cushioning layer and moisture barrier under the plastic-laminated wooden flooring. There are various types of underlayment available, so make sure to use kind recommended by flooring manufacturer. Spread the underlayment from wall to wall, and cut it to length. A 4-foot-long drywall T square makes it is easy to cut. Make sure not to overlap the edges.
Rip the First Row :
Calculate the width of laminated flooring planks of first and last rows. It is important for various reasons such as floor will look better and balanced. Here’s trick to calculate the width:
Take your room’s width and subtract 3/4 inch for expansion space, and divide by the width of one plank. That will give you estimation of full-width planks needed to cover the floor.
Use a tapping block :
The tongue-and-groove planks fit tightly together, so use tapping block when closing the joints. You can make own tapping block from scrap piece of hardwood, but to get better results use tapping block made especially for laminated wooden flooring.
Drop in the Last Row :
The easy way to install the last row of flooring is to snap together all the planks end-to-end. Next, tilt the entire row into place. Then align tongue-and-groove joint, and press down on last row.