How to Install Laminate Floors

Discover how easy it is to install an Armstrong laminate floor using the Lock&Fold® installation system.

laminate flooring installationHow to Install Laminate Floors
Laminate floors have become an increasingly popular flooring option for homeowners in recent years, and it's easy to see why. These floors offer many attractive features, including stunning designs that look like real hardwood, stones or tile; impressive durability; versatility (you can install laminate anywhere in your home); and affordability.

One of laminate’s best features is its ease of installation. Many homeowners prefer to install their laminate flooring themselves to save money rather than having a professional installer do the job. If you enjoy do-it-yourself home projects and have the time – typically a day or two – then laminate flooring may be the right choice for you.

Lock&Fold Laminate Installation
Armstrong makes laminate flooring installation as easy as possible with the Lock&Fold® installation technology. With this system, laminate boards simply “lock” together and “fold” into place over an existing floor. It’s called a “floating floor” installation. No glue or nails are required unless you’re installing a laminate floor in a high moisture area like a full bathroom.

Room Preparation
Before attempting a laminate flooring installation, read the instructions and gather all of the tools and special materials that you’ll need. These include the Armstrong Quite Comfort™ underlayment, a hammer, chalk line, pull bar, and utility knife. Next, remove the wall-mounted moldings and ensure that the existing floor is smooth, flat, and dry.

Installation
After rolling out the underlayment, lay out your boards. Make sure to pull boards from different boxes for a more customized look. Now you’re ready to install the first row. Begin on the left side and move right. Place the tongue side of the first board facing the wall. Install the rest of the boards in the row by locking the end joints at an angle to the previous boards. Use spacers along all the sides that butt up against the walls to maintain a 1/4" to 1/2" expansion zone. Follow the instructions for cutting and measuring the end piece. Continue laying boards, one row at a time and staggering the end joints. Use a pull bar if necessary to tighten joints.

When you’ve installed all the laminate boards, re-attach the trim and moldings to the wall, not the flooring.

Installing a laminate floor is a rewarding DIY project that will add style and durability to your home for many years to come.