if your laminate floor product did not come with an attached underlayment, you will definitely want to install an underlayment before laying your laminate planks. we recommend a foam underlayment with a vapor barrier for more water resistance, or a cork underlayment if youre worried about sound transmission such as between apartments or
when installing laminate flooring, allow a 1/4-inch expansion gap around the perimeter to prevent swollen planks from lifting at the edges. then, install baseboards to hold the floor down. level the subfloor to remove any bumps that can push against the joints and separate the laminate planks.
in this video i show you how to get started when you are installing laminate or vinyl plank. you will learn where to start your first row and how to center the boards in the hallway when starting
for proper installation, your base floor needs to be flat, clean, and ready to accept the laminate flooring. laminate flooring can usually be installed successfully right over old floor coverings, such as sheet vinyl, provided the surface is flat and smooth. a simple underlayment of foam sheeting is usually sufficient as a base for laminate planks.
step 1: getting ready. step 2: acclimate the new flooring. step 3: prepare your subfloor. step 4: lay the underlayment. step 5: trim the door jambs. step 6: install the flooring. step 7: finish up.
the laminate floor planks come with a tongue and groove that needs to fit together to create the flooring above the subfloor. at this point you may need to cut some of the pieces, so wear your safety glasses and be very careful while cutting the laminate pieces.
what the ideal situation looks like is that we can always work one direction while installing the laminate flooring or the vinyl plank flooring. the planks have a locking system on each end. this locking system has a female and a male end. the female end is like a track or a channel that the male end slides into.
05 install the planks. install laminate flooring planks by inserting one short end into the other at an angle, approximately 20 degrees, and pressing down. once you are getting to the last plank of the row, cut the plank decorative side up if using a handsaw or side down when using a power saw, and fit into place. cut a new plank,
like vinyl plank, homeowners that like to tackle diy projects can install laminate flooring. however, the installation of this flooring requires more tools, including a hand saw or circular saw to cut each piece.