Installing laminate flooring is typically an easy DIY project. That’s because laminate can be installed as a “floating floor,” meaning it doesn't have to be nailed, stapled, or glued to a subfloor. Another reason for the speed and ease of installation has to do with how the planks attach together. Armstrong Flooring’s Lock&Fold® technology of interlocking flooring pieces makes laminate installation 30% faster and provides twice the locking strength of other installation methods.
Think you’re ready to tackle the job? Here’s how to install laminate flooring like a pro.
Prep for a Successful DIY Laminate Installation
Before you buy any materials or gather your tools, view one of the many excellent how to install laminate flooring videos available online. Of course, a video can't cover every possible situation, so it’s a good idea to download the installation guide and read the instructions.
Starting to feel confident? Great! First, create a checklist of all the tools and materials for the project. Don’t trust your memory to this step – you might end up forgetting the underlayment or spending hours searching for the pull bar you thought you had. The DIY Laminate Flooring center covers everything you need to do, from start to finish.
Tips for a Professional-Looking Job
- Minimize pattern repeats by always pulling from at least three cartons of flooring while installing.
- When purchasing boards, add at least 10% to your room's square footage as a cutting allowance.
- The best direction to lay boards is parallel to incoming light from any windows. If lighting isn’t a concern, then parallel to the longest wall in the room.
- Get the cleanest edge with board cuts by using a good quality carbide-tipped cutting blade specifically designed for laminate.
- For the most natural-looking installation, always stagger boards to avoid end joint alignment between rows.
- Don’t forget to finish your new laminate floor with coordinated trims & moldings!
That’s it! Time to get started. There’s no reason to put off the warmth and beauty of a new laminate floor any longer!