It is not a secret, that laminate flooring installation is one of the most popular wooden flooring installation process that are done by owners themselves. Although for some homeowners, installing laminate flooring is not too complicated or complex task, there are few tricks you should know before installing laminate floors.
First of all, you need to conduct a moisture test, along with other preparation tasks such as measurements and testing or subfloors. Second, it is good to leave the product (laminate floors planks) in an unopened box for 24-48 hours before the installation, so it can acclimate. Any material that is glued to the sub-floors have to removed prior to laminate flooring installation. It is also necessary to make sure that sub flooring area is flat, clean and dry. It is worth noticing, that if laminate flooring is being installed above concrete sub floors, a layer of plastic sheet should be placed above the sub-flooring (around 6-8 inches coverage). Plastic sheet is typically provided by manufacturers of laminate flooring.
Although it is not always necessary, most of the time the baseboards should be removed. If this is a part of your project, make sure to remove all the baseboard prior to laminate flooring installation. There are also a few tasks needed before the flooring installation begins. The installer need to make sure to have all necessary tools he/she requires prior to installation process, otherwise the laminate flooring installation will be improper or overly time consuming. If your living space requires any custom cuttings of the planks (around the pipes, corners, near the stairs or “fixed” furniture), make sure to measure the custom areas thoroughly and keep in mind to cut laminate floors planks at least 1/2 inches larger than a pipe’s (or other obstacle) diameter. Creating a checklist that would consist all the necessary tasks associated with pre-installation process will save you time and money, as well as better result of overall laminate flooring quality after the installation process.
Parqueteam Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood Flooring Toronto and The Greater Toronto Area.