Installation and Replacing Laminate Flooring
Recently, many homeowners are choosing the install laminate flooring inside their homes. Why? Laminate flooring is long-lasting and requires little sustenance. This unique type of flooring doesn’t need vacuuming like carpeting, but lacks the hardness and coldness of tile. The process of installing and replacing laminate flooring is manageable for any do-it-yourself homeowner to carry out.
First, to start the process of laminate floor installation, remove your current flooring. Start off by tearing the old carpet out of your floor. This may be a long and arduous process, but in the long run it’s worth it. Along with the carpet, remove the padding and baseboard. After you finish verify that the all the carpeting material is removed. Next, vacuum the bare floor to get rid of extremities.
Make sure you know the exact square footage of your home to obtain the correct amount of laminate flooring. Order a bit extra, just in case an accident occurs. To start installation you must first roll out an underlayment pad. After that’s done, start laying down the floor. Most laminate planks come together quite easily, they snap together. Remember, if you make a mistake and need to pull out a laminate plank you can simply use a mallet and a pull bar to retrieve the mistaken plank.
After you finish laying all the laminate planks, install the baseboards. It’s possible to reuse the baseboards that were taken out before installation, but it’s recommended to cut and install new baseboards. It’s important to keep in mind that laminate flooring is a floating floor meaning that the laminate planks are connected to themselves, but are in no way attached to the house.
If your laminate flooring gets damaged there’s a possibility that it will have to be replaced. Survey the damaged planks and judge which ones are in need of replacement. Removing the damaged flooring is easy: Take a chisel and hammer and punch a hole in the crevices between the planks. Remove the affected planks and dispose of them. Clean the bare patch of flooring of any dirt or dust. Next, get the replacement laminate plank and apply wood glue on all the bare sides of the laminate planks on the floor. Place the replacement plank down and press down. You’re done!
Laminate flooring is magnificent for any home to have. It contains the best of both worlds from carpet and tile flooring. Thankfully, laminate flooring is simple to install and replace; almost anyone can do it.