Having aesthetically pleasing and long lasting laminate flooring is all about proper installation. As professional and experienced laminate installers, our FLOORIN team follows a specific process, and this is what allows us to provide you with brilliant quality every time.
Wondering what our process is? Here’s a brief look at the general process for laminate flooring installations.
1. Prepare and underlay
Before performing any job, the area needs to be prepared. This includes everything from removing the skirting and current flooring to precise measurements of the area. And once the area is cleared we carefully inspect it to identify the type of underlay necessary.
Our laminate installers make a point of installing an underlay in order to prevent any inconsistencies or faults from affecting your final product. This also provides you with an excellent guard against rising damp.
2. Cut tongue and uneven wall contour
Especially with laminate flooring planks that clip into one another, you will notice that there is a side that clips into something (the tongue) and a side that is clipped into (the groove). The tongue-side must be placed along the wall (usually the left-most wall).
We cut the tongues off of the planks for the first row then. If the wall is uneven, we run a compass along the wall, on the planks, to determine what needs to be cut for the planks to fit.
3. Lay down the first row
With the first row’s planks cut to fit their purpose, the laminate installation job begins in earnest. Here we lay the entire first row, tongue and groove ends lining up the whole way down.
During this step we also make sure that there is a suitable gap (about 9.5 mm) left between the planks and walls. This gap is there to ensure that expansion can occur on warm days without damaging your flooring.
4. Install row-by-row
From here we lay the following rows in line with the original, clicking the tongues into the grooves of the previous layers. Although this sounds very easy and simple, the real trick is to not force these connections. Our laminate installers know all the tricks for getting stubborn planks to connect, so you won’t have to worry about any forced installation damages.
5. Seal the gaps
To seal the deal, so to speak, a flexible silicone sealer should be applied to the gaps around the perimeter of your new laminate flooring. The flexibility ensures that there is no interference with the expansions and contractions due to temperature, and the silicone itself provides protection against water entry into the wood core-layer.
Ask for professional service
Although laminate flooring is well-known for its use in DIY projects, the best results are guaranteed when you make use of professional laminate installers. Contact us at FLOORIN to discover how great your floor can really be.