HOW TO'S: LAMINATE FLOORING - ELGIN, IL
How to Install Laminate Floors
In this article we are going to dive deeper in what it takes to install laminate flooring in your residential or commercial property. We here at Elgin Flooring are experts in our trade and provide knowledgeable expertise to handle any kind of flooring installation that you might require. We take the time to analyze the area of the property and make a detailed plan that helps establish how much of the flooring we will really need. a lot of the time its more than expected because of the various angles that a property has. Will give you a step by step tutorial in this article on how to properly analyze and install the actual flooring yourself.
Taper the Room
To start its important we take initiative to taper both sides of the room in the beginning in case their is any misalignment or unevenness between both sides of the room. A lot of the times you'll find that one end is 5-inches narrower than the other which can make the end result look unbearable unless you plan to cover it with furniture or appliances. It would be best to taper both ends first and then save the you the trouble of having to go back to square one after installing most of the flooring already. This way you can kind of get an idea of how the flooring is panning out on both ends as you go.
It's also important not to use just any tape when tapering out the rooms. A lot of tapes out there may be installed wrong or have an annoying rigid and bubbleness that can make a crackling noise when stepped on. That's why its recommended that you use a manufacturers choice or an underlayment that has a built in seam tape, which should only be installed a few rows at a time to avoid tearing it up with your footwear.
Start with a Subfloor
Flooring will not install well on uneven surfaces so its important that you find any areas or use a straightedge to detect any unevenness in order to install a smooth subfloor in replacement. You can also use a sander machine to level out the subfloor, but these often need to be rented at the expense of the client and may require some prior experience in handling the actual machinery.
Cutting and Where to Start
Cutting laminate flooring could be noisy and dusty so use a laminate shear to cut the flooring which will do it quietly and cleanly. When starting to install your floor its important that you start with the smoothest wall and build your way to the doorways, which are notorious for being the hardest area to install.
Installing the Flooring
When installing the actual flooring, its very tempting to start with bigger pieces one at a time, but this could lead to misalignment and cracks. We recommend starting by piecing together 5 to 6 pieces and laying them in the area your starting. From there pencil in where the flooring is being installed so you don't lose its adjustment. After you want to start installing bigger pieces as you go down the middle of the room.