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How to Install Laminate Flooring

Want to learn how to install laminate flooring? Before you start, consider these important points to make installing laminate flooring easy.

Overview

DIY Laminate

Armstrong Laminate with Lock&Fold® installation technology is one of the easiest flooring options for a DIY laminate floor installation. Get tips and download the complete installation instructions. Or, locate an Armstrong Certified Installer near you, for guaranteed results.

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installing laminate flooring for New England plank – L6580

 Armstrong Certified Installers

Finding the perfect flooring is just the first step. You need to ensure it also delivers excellent performance and durability. Our Armstrong Certified Installers are exclusively trained to install our flooring products. Your new floor will not only look great, it will stay that way for years to come.

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Materials & Tools

 Tools Needed

Armstrong Lock&Fold® laminate flooring is a great DIY project if you have a few projects under your belt. The tools and materials you need will be fairly minimal. Find out more below.

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 Materials & Tools

Material
  • Armstrong Quiet Comfort™ Underlayment
  • Laminate flooring glue (for full bathroom & high-moisture installations)
  • Coordinated trims and moldings
  • Spacers
Tools
  • Carpenter's square
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Utility knife
  • Safety glasses
  • NIOSH-designated dust mask
  • Saw (circular, table, and/or jigsaw)
  • Tapping block
  • Level
  • Chalk line
  • Pull bar

 Armstrong Quiet Comfort™ Underlayment

Choose Quiet Comfort™ Premium Underlayment, a moisture barrier with superior noise reduction and greater underfoot comfort.

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 Armstrong Coordinated Trims and Moldings

View a complete selection of coordinated trims and moldings made for your floor.

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Installation

 Laminate Installation

Installing your new Armstrong Lock&Fold® laminate floor is something you can tackle if you have a few DIY projects under your belt and are OK with one- or two-day projects. Read all the instructions carefully and have fun!

View Laminate Installation Guide

 Preparation

  • BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Read our complete installation instructions.
  • Make sure the surface you’re laying the new floor over is clean, dry and flat.
  • Gently remove wall base, millwork, or trim you’ll re-use.

 Installation

  • Roll out Armstrong Quiet Comfort™ Premium Underlayment.
  • Lay flooring pieces parallel with your longest wall.
  • Begin on the left side of the room and work right.
  • Install from several cartons at random for visual variety.

 Finishing Up

  • In the last row, you may have to cut boards lengthwise.
  • Trim around contours according to installation guide.
  • When installation is complete, remove spacers, ensure expansion space is maintained.
  • Fasten trim and moldings to the wall, not the flooring.