Your Guide to Installing Laminate Flooring
Having laminate flooring added to your home from Ian’s Property Maintenance adds a touch of class to any room.
For over a decade we have worked with customers right across Stafford on a wide range of property maintenance tasks; transforming tired rooms into vibrant living spaces.
In our latest blog, we are going to explain the process of installing laminate flooring.
Acclimatising to Laminate Flooring
We would recommend keeping your laminate floor in the room it’s planned for, for at least 48 hours before installation. Maintain a constant temperature during this time and three days after the installation has been completed, as this helps to stabilise the moisture levels as naturally as possible. This is because laminate flooring can expand and contract slightly with a change of temperature and humidity. If this happens then peaks or gaps can appear which will ruin the look of your new floor.
Laminate Flooring Preparation
When we arrive at your property our installation team will check that the subfloor is in good condition. Using a floor leveller is the best way to check all areas of the subfloor. If a surface is slightly uneven it can be sanded down and will ensure your new flooring on top is nice and flat.
Next, we will install your underlay, with the process varying, depending on your type of subfloor.
If the flooring is being placed over a concrete slab, the underlay being used will need a built-in damp proof membrane. The underlay needs to be taped down using packaging tape that extends up the wall at least 5cm.
For a wooden subfloor you won’t need to use an underlay with a damp proof membrane, the underlay just needs to be taped together or run up the wall.
Installations over underfloor heating require the underlay to distribute heat evenly across the surface.
Fitting Laminated Flooring
Most laminate floors fit together like jigsaw pieces.
To start we will start laying the boards from the perimeter of the room, making sure the groove side of the boards faces the wall.
Even when the new floor has been properly acclimatised it could still experience expansion and contraction with humidity and temperature levels likely to vary. This means a small gap is required of 10mm between the edge of the room and laminate to allow this.
This 10mm expansion gap needs to be left in doorways where the floor follows through one room to another. We would recommend, for consistency, having a door profile to match your flooring.
Talk to the Property Maintenance Specialists for New Flooring
Ian’s Property Maintenance offer all different types of flooring for any room of your home or business. If you would like to know more about our property maintenance services, please get in touch today.