Getting a professional to install laminate flooring is a costly affair. Consumers can save a substantial amount of money by laying their own laminate flooring. They can even impress friends and family, experience a sense of achievement, and gain new skills by laying their own laminate flooring. It is possible to get a professional finish when laying laminate. Taking the process slowly, cleaning the subfloor properly, laying underlay, and giving the area and attractive finish are all essential steps in the laminate floor laying process. Consumers should not attempt to cut corners to save time. Instead, they should follow each step through completely to get the best possible results.
Measuring the room is the most crucial step to successfully laying a laminate floor, and consumers must perform this step with accuracy and precision. Measure the room at the widest point, using a tape measure. Measure from the wall rather than the skirting board and be sure to measure straight across rather than at an angle. Measure the length of the room using the same method. Multiply the two measurements together. This gives the size of the room in metres squared. When purchasing the laminate, be sure to add ten per cent to this figure to allow for errors and wastage. Measuring accurately at this stage prevents gapping and ensures shoppers purchase the correct size and quantity of laminate flooring. Check the pack size and divide the area of the room by the pack size or coverage, thus identifying how many packs are required to cover the room.
Before laying underlay, work around the room and carefully remove the skirting boards. There are three types of underlay available to use with laminate flooring. Polyfoam underlay is a thin underlay, well suited to any type of dry, firm, level subflooring. To lay polyfoam underlay, thoroughly clean and dry the subfloor. Then lay damp proof membrane. Apply the underlay over the damp proof underlay and cut to fit the room, leaving a 16 mm gap around pipes. Secure each length to its neighbour with masking tape.
Combined underlay includes dense polyfoam with a damp proof membrane. This underlay is more convenient and saves time because only one layer is necessary. It is also thicker and denser, so it is suitable for any type of subfloor and it also provides good sound insulation. Clean and dry the subfloor thoroughly before adding the combined underlay. If the underlay is in strips or multiple pieces, be sure to tape up the length of every join to maintain damp-proof qualities.
Wood fibre boards , a thick and dense type of underlay works with any subfloor, including wooden floor boards or uneven subfloor. This underlay provides high quality sound and heat insulation. Unwrap the wood fibreboards and let them to sit in the room for at least 24 hours before laying. This acclimates the boards, allowing them to expand or contract depending on the ambient conditions. After cleaning and drying the subfloor, lay the boards. Be sure to stagger the joints to provide increased strength. Leave a gap of five mm between joints and ten mm between the boards and the wall to allow for expansion. Fill these gaps with cork expansion strips for the best results.
After laying the underlay, consumers must begin laying the laminate. Lay the first boards, starting in the corner, and work down the longest straight wall. The tongue side of the first row should face the wall. Take plastic spacers and place between the laminate and the wall at intervals of around 60 cm. Laminate boards have tongue and groove or click systems. Place suitable adhesive on the tongue portion of one board and place the groove of the other board securely over it. Measure the last board and mark it with a tri-square or a set square, then saw using a panel saw, sand the end, and lay it. Begin the second row by first laying the offcut from the first row. Each row of laminate should be staggered by at least 30 cm. Continue this process for each additional row until the room is complete. As each row is complete, use a soft mallet or hammer and gently tap each row on the edge to make sure it is aligned securely.
To finish off a laminate floor, remove the plastic spacers from the edges of the room and fill the gaps with cork expansion strips. Replace the skirting boards. Alternatively, opt for scotia or quadrant moulding instead of skirting to finish the room edges. Fit a wooden or metal threshold strip across the flooring joins in each doorway.
Buying laminate flooring on eBay is a simple, straightforward process. Once you know how much laminate you need to successfully cover your room, search eBay to find matching items. To save time, be as specific as possible in your search query, including pack size, colour, effect, and locking mechanism if necessary. Then simply check seller feedback and complete your transaction. Remember, when buying laminate flooring, it is strongly advised that you also purchase and lay good quality underlay beneath the laminate for a durable, attractive finish. Take your time and complete each step in the process thoroughly before moving onto the next for the best results.