Laminate flooring can usually be installed over the floor that you have already. Making the job a bit easier is always a good thing as far as I am concerned. But do be weary sometimes your existing floor isn’t up to par to be installed over. So before deciding to do this, let’s talk about what to look for.
Look at the existing floor and determine if it has bumps buckles or anything worth noting to the eye. Be cautious in determining these flaws. If it is just a mess you will need to remove the old flooring before you begin your new laminate installation.
If you have carpet you must remove it before installation:
- Begin by lifting up the corner of your carpeting and pulling the carpet toward you while walking away from the corner.
- Make sure to continuously cut the carpet in smaller strips to roll up and take out easily. About 3 foot strips are a good size for easy removal.
- Use the same methods to remove the carpet padding.
Once your Carpet or unsightly flooring has been removed we can begin to prep for installation.
A sub floor surface that hasn’t been put through preperation will cause your flooring to bulge or buckle after installation. Here are some steps to assure a properly prepared sub floor:
- Patch any areas of the sub floor to make it level, this will include holes and dings.
- Remove the baseboards in the room where you will be installing the laminate gently. Make sure not to damage them in the process because you will be reinstalling these later.
- Remeasure and make sure you have the appropriate amount of flooring before you begin. Don’t forget to tack on an extra 20% in case of cutting mistakes or bad pieces.
- Finally, let the product acclimate to the room that it will be installed in by leaving it in the space for at least 24 hours.
1. If you are using concrete sub-flooring, you will need to lay a floor padding with a vapor barrier down before you begin. Concrete actually holds a fair amount of moisture which can damage your laminateflooring from underneath.
2. Position a single laminate plank onto the subflooring. Do this directly against any existing door jams. Hold a coping saw flat against the laminate so that you can cut the door jam parallel to the boards.
3. Place the first laminate flooring board parallel to the longest wall in the room. Then, insert spacers along the same wall at 12 inch intervals before pushing the first laminate plank against the spacers.
4. Situate the next boards on the floor, making sure to trace around any corners, curves and contours you come across. Lock the laminate boards together with glue or the locking mechanism that came with your particular laminate flooring. Use a tapping block to tap each laminate flooring board into place securely.
5. As you install each subsequent board, be sure to stagger the joint seams by six to eight inches to create a strong floor surface and avoid a single seam line.
6. Create a precise fit by trimming the last laminate board. Place the board in between two boards that lie directly on top of the second to the last board. Trace a line on the last board to be installed, using the edge of the other two laminate boards as your guide.
7. Lay the trimmed board into position, then stand back and admire your gorgeous, new laminate flooring.