How to Install Laminate Flooring Like a Pro (Or Just Ask Us!)

How to Install Laminate Flooring Like a Pro (Or Just Ask Us!)

Laminate flooring has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its durability, affordability, and ease of installation. Whether you're a commercial business or a homeowner looking to upgrade your floors, installing laminate flooring can be a rewarding project. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of installing laminate flooring, providing you with the knowledge and confidence to achieve professional results. Don’t have the time to do it yourself? We have professionals ready to help you install!

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before diving into the installation process, it's important to gather all the tools and materials you'll need. 

Here's a list of essential items:
  • Laminate flooring planks
  • Underlayment
  • Moisture barrier (if required)
  • Tape measure
  • Spacers
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Tapping block
  • Pull bar
  • Safety goggles
  • Knee pads

Step 2: Prepare the Subfloor

Proper preparation of the subfloor is crucial for a successful laminate flooring installation. Ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry, and level. Remove any existing flooring, nails, or staples, and fill in any cracks or holes. If necessary, install a moisture barrier to protect the laminate flooring from moisture or humidity.

Step 3: Acclimate the Laminate Flooring

To avoid issues with expansion or contraction later on, it's essential to acclimate the laminate flooring to the room's temperature and humidity. Leave the flooring planks in the room for at least 48 hours before installation, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4: Install the Underlayment

Underlayment provides stability, reduces noise, and acts as a moisture barrier. Roll out the underlayment, ensuring it covers the entire floor area. Trim any excess material and tape the seams together. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the specific type of underlayment you're using.

Step 5: Measure and Cut the Planks

Accurate measurements and precise cuts are essential for a professional-looking installation. Measure the length and width of the room and determine the layout of the planks. Remember to leave a ¼-inch expansion gap around the edges. Use a utility knife or a saw to cut the planks accordingly.

Step 6: Start Installing the Laminate Flooring

Begin installation in a corner of the room, working from left to right. Place spacers along the walls to maintain the expansion gap. Insert the tongue of the first plank into the groove of the second at a slight angle and press down to lock them together. Continue this process, tapping the planks gently with a tapping block and a hammer to ensure a snug fit.

Step 7: Deal with Obstacles

During installation, you may encounter obstacles such as doorways, vents, or irregularly shaped areas. For doorways, it's best to undercut the door casing for a seamless transition. Use a jigsaw or a coping saw to make accurate cuts around vents or other obstacles. Measure and cut the planks to fit these areas precisely.

Step 8: Complete the Installation

As you approach the final rows, you may need to cut the planks to fit the remaining space. Remember to maintain the expansion gap and use a pull bar to connect the final rows. Once all the planks are installed, remove the spacers and reinstall any baseboards or trim that were removed earlier.

Step 9: Perform Finishing Touches

Inspect the entire floor for any loose planks or gaps. Use a touch-up kit to fill any visible gaps or minor imperfections. Clean the laminate flooring thoroughly, removing any dust or debris.

Congrats! You can successfully install laminate flooring in your home or commercial space. Remember to take your time, measure accurately, and use the right tools and materials for the job. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself and wonder how much it costs to install, we have professionals ready to help! Contact us now.