Make Sure the Floor is Even
Obviously there are few floors that are perfectly even. However, you must make sure that the floor you are placing your laminate flooring on has no prominent high or low spots. These should be evened off prior to laying your laminate flooring. Many small surface irregularities will be evened off by the underlay foam or fibre pads.Before You Lay the Floor
Buy your laminate flooring at least two days prior to laying. Place the packs in the middle of the room in which you intend to lay it, so that the planks can acclimatise to the room conditions. Install the floor at normal room temperature.Allow at least 5% extra on gross room area for cutting and shaping.Our online calculator automatically does this for you.
Laying Over Concrete Floors
When installing laminate flooring over concrete floors you must always use a polyethylene film as a vapour barrier. Lay the film with at least 20cm overlaps at the seams. The film should not be installed on top of wood floors or other organic flooring. We stock high quality polyethylene films that are suitable for all laminate makes, however if you are installing Pergo flooring you will need to use there own make. If you use another manufacturers film it may invalidate the guarantee.
Using Underlay Foam
This is a minimum requirement for underlay foam. (not as necessary if you are installing Hardwood). It will make the floor more comfortable to walk on and substantially reduce impact noise. Can be laid in the same direction as the boards or at right angles if you prefer.Edges should be butted together with no overlap. Leave an extra 5-10cm at room edges. This can be trimmed with a sharp craft or ‘Stanley’ knife after floor has been laid.
To lay any floating floor you will need only a small array of tools,most of which will be present in any household toolbox. However, there are a couple of items that may be required. Installation kits are available from the main manufacturers and these vary in their content, but tend to contain Tapping Block, Installation Spacers and Pull-bar (Jemmy).
The tools required are:
Cross-cut Hand-Saw or Jigsaw
Drill and Hole-cutter (for fitting round pipes)
‘Stanley’ or Craft Knife
Folding Ruler or Tape Measure
Glue for Hardwood Flooring – allow 500ml per 10m2
Basic guidelines for cutting planks are, cut the pank face up if using a Hand Saw or Circular Saw and face down if using a Jig Saw.
Make sure all cutting tools are sharp.
Note: Always follow the individual manufacturer’s recommendations as failure to do so may invalidate any guarantee.