What To Expect
Laminate flooring is a versatile material designed and engineered for easy installation. You can install laminate floors in almost every room in your home, both above or below ground. Laminate flooring installation is 30% – 50% faster than other floors because there’s no need for adhesives or special tools. It’s a great weekend project for DIYers with intermediate experience.
Laminate flooring is designed for a “floating floor” installation method that doesn’t require glue, nails or staples. Instead, laminate boards have a unique tongue-and-groove profile that connects by simply locking edges into place for a firmly fastened surface. Once complete, the entire floor “floats” above the subfloor, expanding and contracting with the temperature and humidity changes in your home.
The versatility of floating floor installation allows it to be installed easily and without stress. By making sure the subfloor is structurally sound, dry, clean, and flat, you can ensure the process goes smoothly.
Underlayment is also recommended for laminate installation. It will serve as a moisture barrier and will help quiet floors in areas with heavy foot traffic.
After installation, if you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation to make sure that dust from the installation settles. From there, routine care and maintenance are up to you!