You can choose characteristics such as the price, color, waterproof capacity or eco-friendly. We will then ask you for measurements to offer a free quote. We always recommend upgrading the baseboards of the area if possible.
STEP ONE. PREP YOUR PROJECT AREA. Remove your baseboards and pull up your carpet (if you have it). Be careful when tearing out tack strips with sharp nails around the perimeter of the room. It’s important that your sub-floor is smooth and flat so that when you lay your laminate flooring, it can be flush without bending or “slapping” when you walk over it. If there are perceptible dips or depressions, use a leveling compound to get your floor level.
STEP 2. PRE-YOUR SUB-FLOOR. One of the great benefits of laminate flooring is it can be installed over any surface, including vinyl, concrete, ceramic, and plywood. That’s the sub-floor. Before you start your installation, free your space from obstructions such as staples, nails, dust, and debris. Throughout your removal and installation, wearing knee protection will also avoid any aches and pains later.
Note: If you have concrete flooring, make sure to add a dry core panel as your sub-floor, plus a moisture barrier. Adding wood sub-flooring over concrete will help to allow air circulation underneath and will warm up the floor.
STEP 3. INSTALL UNDERLAYMENT. Underlayment is a layer of material that is placed above your sub-flooring and below your laminate floor. This is a necessary step when installing any type of flooring, as it helps absorb noise and smooth out any sub-floor imperfections. Some laminate flooring has underlayment pads pre-attached for convenience.
A foam underlayment can work as a moisture barrier to prevent cupping, gapping, and squeaking due to expansion. Remove the sticky tape strip on the side (most underlayment should have it), and press it down to secure it in place on the floor.
STEP 4. READY TO START. Randomize Planks & Add Spacers. Carefully inspect all your planks in bright light throughout the installation looking for any defects.
Also, throughout the installation, choose planks from more than one package at a time. This will even out colour variation and avoid too many light or dark planks next to each other.
Starting at the longest wall, add spacers against the wall to create a small gap that allows for expansion and contraction.
STEP 5. INSTALLING THE FIRST ROW. First row planks should have the tongue side facing the wall. Always allows a ⅜ in. to ⅝ in. gap at each end for floor expansion.
Place the first boards against the spacers. Each laminate flooring plank has a tongue and groove that fit together and “float” above the underlayment. Stagger them at least 12 in. at a time.
It is very important to build a solid foundation of rows to start all flooring installations. Usually comprised of four rows, these foundation rows make for a solid and secure workspace for the remainder of planks to adhere to.
STEP 6. CUSTOM CUT. If you encounter barriers such as door frames, vents, or cabinets, each will require different techniques and tools to address. Straight cuts around cabinets can be managed by chop saws. However, cuts around pipers required a jigsaw.
Tip: Use a paper template for complicated cuts around obstacles like pipes in a kitchen or bathroom.
STEP 7. INSTALLING THE FINAL ROW. With one final row to go, measure the distance between the wall and the last row, minus the expansion gap. Now you know the width needed for the final row. When marking the cut line on your plank, it’s very important to not measure from the tongue. Cut the plank along the line and, if needed, insert the last row with a pull bar.
STEP 8. FINISHING TOUCHES. Caulk & Trimming. If you’re installing laminate flooring to your bathroom, apply silicone caulk around your tub, pipes, or toilet for a water-tight seal.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing transition strips and floor moulding.
If you installed a separate underlayment, trim the excess from the perimeter around the floor. Finish it off by attaching your baseboard moulding to the wall, not the floor.