How to Install Laminate Floors (Part 1)
A do-it-yourself laminate floor installation requires intermediate-level
construction skills. Several factors should be considered before a laminate
floor installation. A swift and easy process of installation can take
place ifyou carefully prepare for the installation. Here are a few instructions:
Make sure that the subfloor is flat, dry, and smooth.
Always use underlayment under your laminate floor for soundproofing
Laminate flooring and underlayment/vapor barrier can be installed on
any existing floor whether concrete, wood flooring, vinyl tile, linoleum,
tile, etc as long as the floor is flat and solid. The foam pad will make up
for minor irregularities.
Allow the flooring material to acclimatize to the installation site for as long
as possible (min. 2 - 3 days). This allows the flooring to adjust to the
room temperature and humidity.
Examine each floor plank for grade, color, finish, quality and defects.
Laminate floor installation should take place at room temperature of at
least 65°F (15°C). A floor surface temperature of 59°F and an overall
room temperature of 64°F must be ensured before, during and three
days after the installation.
Take extra care when installing laminate flooring over radiant heating.
Ensure that you read both the laminate flooring and radiant heat
system instructions carefully.
Read the installation instructions provided by your laminate flooring
provider / manufacturer.