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Laminate Installation

Understanding the basics of installation will increase your knowledge of the process, and enhance your confidence in the installers.

  • Use a professional
  • Installed using a "floating floor system"
  • Padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the planks or tiles
  • Planks or tiles sit on the underlayment, not anchored to the subfloor, and are connected to form a "one-piece" floating floor
  • Installation can produce a hollow sound, reduced with a quality underlayment
  • Floor will have a slight give underfoot, for more comfort
  • Slight ridging or peaking where planks or tiles are joined can occur
  • Glueless installations lock together without adhesive
  • Consult the manufacturer’s warranty and care guide to see how often to clean the floor and the cost

Potential additional expenses:

  • Furniture removal/replacement
  • Demolition/disposal of old floor covering
  • Sub-floor preparation
  • Product delivery
  • Laminate installation, cost per square foot
  • Materials required to complete

Process

  • Installer inspects the subfloor for imperfections
  • Floor is then cleaned
  • Underlayment placed over the subfloor
  • Planks are laid
  • Installers begin in the left corner leaving a minimum ¼" space between the flooring and perimeter walls
  • Spacers are used to ensure the accuracy of this perimeter
  • After the floor is installed, spacers are removed and cover the perimeter gap with quarter round trim or a wall base
  • Planks are laid in the desired pattern
  • Planks are measured and cut to fit
  • Floors that require glue on the sides begin by gluing the first two planks in the first row together
  • Clamps or straps to hold pieces together

Before installation day

  • Relocate furniture
  • Empty china cabinets and closets
  • Consider removal and disposal of old floorcovering
  • Remove it yourself and leave 1 day before install
  • For carpet, leave tack strips and pull out staples

Trim

  • Moldings and baseboards removed for additional costs
  • Installers not responsible for breakage
  • Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching (your responsibility)

Subflooring

  • May need to be prepared
  • New subfloor may be required
  • A job best left to the professionals

Door plan

  • A possibility that doors may not clear the new floor and swing free
  • Installers may remove doors and rehang for an additional cost.
  • For clearance issues, arrange for a qualified carpenter to shave or cut down

Clean-up

  • Waste will be produced
  • Waste collected and disposed of by installers at an additional cost

Installation day

  • Be home and available
  • Be prepared for questions
  • Presence ensures the right wood is installed in the right areas
  • Exact time of arrival cannot be guaranteed, only a time frame

Safety

  • Installers use tools and techniques that can be hazardous
  • Make sure that children and pets are out of the work area
  • Follow through with a walk through
  • Prior to completion- walk through to ask questions and be clear on any final details

After installation day

  • Establish good ventilation for 48 to 72 hours
  • Be prepared