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Tips for laminated flooring fixing & installation

With the advent of tongue and grove planks, installation of laminate flooring has got so easy that it is one of the most popular DIY home projects around. However, this is not to say that setbacks are non-existent during your laminate flooring fixing processes. Here are some tips to help alleviate or avoid some problems encountered along the way.

Before installation

  • Take several measurements before making your laminate flooring purchases, as installation with inadequate material is more frustrating than the hassle of taking measurements repeatedly.
  • Pay attention to installation of underlayment if floating laminate flooring system is what you would go for, as the right underlayment can do wonders in helping to reduce noise.
  • Add at least 10 percent to the footage of the area you work on, as your chances of needing extra planks for either bad cuts or replacement for defective planks when fixing your laminate flooring.
  • While requirement of subfloor conditions for laminate flooring is lax, fixing that yields the best and long-lasting results can be achieved by keeping your subfloor even, dry and clean prior to laminate flooring installation.

During installation

  • While cutting laminate flooring planks can be done with any cutting carpentry tool, it is recommended to use a laminate-flooring cutter, as it cuts cleanly and quietly without leaving lots of super fine dust around.
  • Make sure to get the line-up of your first row correctly and lock them into place perfectly. Later fixing of your laminate flooring will be off and look bad if you do not.
  • Wear gloves or pads, as you would need to knock on the laminate flooring planks with your hands when fixing them together, a lot. Not doing so would get your hands sore very quickly.
  • DO NOT use a hammer at the edge of the planks for anything, as it will destroy the joints and make firm locking impossible.
  • Leave a slight gap at walls and thresholds, as planks will expand and contract. Not doing so will cause your laminate flooring to buckle over time.
  • Chips on laminate planks are small problems with potential for disaster. Mend them up, which can be done with acrylic or putty fillers, whenever you see one, before or during laminate flooring installation.
  • Use threshold strips to create a neat connection between the laminate flooring installed and the other flooring. This can also serve as a major access point should major repairs and replacements are needed.