Guest blog by Andy Hakes of Valu Home Centers - Store Manager in Painted Post, NY
Who says you need a contractor when you’re looking to redo your floors? This was my first time installing laminate flooring, and it was a piece of cake! Six hours later the floor was done, saving me thousands of dollars from not having to hire a contractor.
To install your own laminate flooring, you will need:
- Cases of flooring (For this project, I used Tarkett Solutions Laminate Flooring in Bayfield Walnut (15 cases, 329 Sq. Ft.)
- Underlayment Foam (I needed 4 rolls for this project)
- Laminate Flooring Install Kit
- Rubber mallet
- Knee pads
Step 1: Prepare your subfloor
Its important to prepare the surface before you start laying your new floor. I did this we removing any and all nails, staples and any other imperfections that may cause a uneven surface. Then I swept the entire area and used a Shop Vac to ensure a clean area. Once this has been completed I rolled out the underlayment to cover the entire subfloor. Note, the Tarkett underlayment has a self adhesive tape on one side, just peel the backing off and attach your seams together.
Step 2: Prepare your flooring
It is important to allow the flooring to acclimate to the temperature of the room in which it will be installed by placing the sealed packages in the room at least 48 hours prior to your installation.
Step 3: The install
As a general rule, planks are installed following the direction of the main light source. In my case I ran the planks along the length of the room. Install the first row along a wall and remember to use spaces all around the room to allow for a expansion gap, these are removed once the floor is completely installed. When tapping the planks together, I would highly recommend the install kit that includes a pull bar, tapping block, and 20 spacers, its well worth the additional cost of roughly $20. Be sure to remember: when starting your next row to offset the seams, you may have to cut a plank down to ensure the seams do not line up. Tip: if you’re using a handsaw always cut planks face down to prevent damaging the flooring. For a jig saw, always cut them face up. The direction depends on the type of blade you’re using!
Step 4: Final steps
When your installation is complete, remove your spacers, and install your molding and thresholds.
That’s it! It’s that easy.
6 Hours later, my friend Brett and I became Flooring Experts. 329 sq ft, 1 coffee break, 1 lunch break and the floor was completed! Tarkett’s T-Lock design allows an easy, do-it-yourself install.
If you’re taking on your own flooring project, stop in to your local Valu and visit our knowledgeable team! We can provide tips and tricks, and recommend products that will make your project easier.comments powered by Disqus