laminate flooring companyThere are different methods when it comes to installing laminate flooring. You can always call a reliable laminate flooring company to do the job for you. You can also do the installation yourself. You don’t have to be a professional to install laminate flooring. The type of installation you choose though can determine how your flooring looks afterwards and how long it lasts.

Floating Floors Installation

This is perhaps the easiest installation for laminate floors. While you may want to refer to a local laminate flooring company to make sure they offer this type of installation. It’s still very easy. How it works is by using a Lock&Fold Installation Technology. Each board joins with the other one, and causes the boards to “float” over the subfloor. This means no glue or nails are needed for the installation. This makes it easy since the boards lock to each other and the whole job can usually be completed by one person.

Glued Installation

Glued installation is seen as the “original” installation style for laminate floors. A special glue has to be used for the laminate floors. This special glue is applied to the groove and tongue of each plank. Planks should fit together with no issues, but a taping block can be used. Once the glue has dried on the planks. The planks are next to impossible to separate from each other. It’s a good choice if you’re expecting a lot of wear and tear on your laminate floor. On the other hand, glued does require a couple of extra steps. It’s best not to use this method unless you’re experienced with installing different laminate floors.

Pre-Glued Installation

The glued installation method can get messy, but the pre-glued installation is exactly the opposite. It simply means that the grooves and tongue of the planks already have glue on them. This allows for the planks to be installed easily with little to no mess.

Attached Underlay

These are laminate floors that come in a variety of grooved and tongue locking systems. The attached underlayment can help to reduce noise levels. This installation is perfect if your house has multiple people in it, several stories, or children in the home. So you’re not constantly hearing the thumping of feet throughout the house.

How to Prepare for Installation

Once you’ve chosen the type of laminate flooring you wish to install in your home. The next step is to prepare for the installation. There are directions for each type of installation, and it’s best to have these instructions on hand before you begin to install your laminate floor.

Be sure to move all objects and furniture from the area of where you’re going to be installing your laminate floor. Furniture and objects can get in the way of installation, and it’s usually best to move items yourself to prevent them from being damaged. If you’ve hired an installer to install your laminate floors for you. They may charge you extra to move your items.

Next is to make sure to have climate control for the installation area. This can be done trhough either air conditioning or using a heater. The humidity for the indoor area has to be maintained between 45-65%.

When it comes to your old floor you may decide to either install over it or to rip it out. If you’re going to remove your old floors for the new installation. Be sure to rip out your old floors a day prior to the installation. This gives you enough time to clean up the area and make sure the floor preparation is done ahead of time. If you’ve hired an installer they may remove the old flooring for an extra fee.

It’s best to take the day off for the floor installation. If you’ve hired an installer they may need to ask you questions, and having you available to answer them will help to smooth things over. If you’re planning on doing the laminate flooring installation yourself. You’re going to need the time in order to prepare the area for installation and will probably need to rest afterwards. Be sure to follow the directions carefully when doing your own floor installation, or hire a professional installer to do it for you.