Laminated flooring has become a popular floor covering choice in recent years for several reasons. Laminated flooring combines the durability of natural hardwood with the ease of using a laminated flooring surface. Laminated floors also offer the same attractive look of a real hardwood floor with the additional benefit of low maintenance and long lasting durability.
Laminated flooring comes in a wide range of colors, designs, and finishes to accommodate any decorating style. The most commonly seen type of laminated flooring is the glazed planks. Glued planks are made up of a series of plastic or metal planks bonded together using a particular bonding agent. A light coating of enamel is applied on the top of the planks before they are screwed together, providing a strong seal and protective barrier between the planks.
Installing laminate floor covering may not be as simple as many people believe said by flooring companies. There are several steps that must be followed in order to correctly install this type of floor covering. There are four main classes of laminated flooring. There are also four different installation methods. Depending on the type of floor covering chosen, installation methods will vary.
The first step is to determine the moisture resistance measures the laminate floors require. Determining moisture levels is important because excess moisture or humidity can damage the flooring over time. Typically, laminate floors should not require the use of vapor barriers. A vapor barrier is a barrier that vaporizes or reflects excess moisture back into an area.
The second step is to determine the moisture resistance measures the laminate floors require. Determining moisture levels is important because excess moisture or humidity can damage the floor over time. Typically, laminate floors should not require the use of vapor barriers. A vapor barrier is a barrier that vaporizes or reflects excess moisture back into an area.
The third step is to install the laminated flooring according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Instructions typically come with laminated flooring. Some manufacturers recommend glueless laminate flooring, while others do not. Before installing glueless laminate floors, make sure to carefully read the instructions so you get the best results. Glueless laminate flooring provides the same protection as traditional floor coverings.
The fourth step is to measure the area you will be installing the planks. If possible, you should tape or mark the edges of the room where planks will be installed. Once you have marked or taped the edges, measure the width and length of the room. You should be able to get a piece of paper or cardboard that is slightly larger than the area measured to determine the size of planks. Take your measuring tape and measure the width and length of the planks, too. Be sure to leave a couple of inches on the bottom of each plank.
The fifth step is to measure the height of your wall or ceiling where planks will be hung. Most laminated flooring kits come with an installation guide that will show you how to measure for the planks. Mark the location on the wall or ceiling where you want the planks to be placed.
The sixth step is to measure the planks to the correct dimensions before you install them. Use the measuring tape or mark to determine how long each plank is. Mark the location on the wall or ceiling where the planks will be hung. After you have marked the location on the wall or ceiling where the planks will be installed, put the spacers in place. These spacers will help keep the planks in place when they are installed.