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How to Install Floating Laminate Flooring

Tear away old carpet and install a floating laminate floor. This type of flooring is a great option for a laundry room.

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installing a floating laminate floor
  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Remove the Carpet

Remove the carpet, carpet pad and base molding with a utility knife.

remove carpet, carpet pad and base molding

Step 2: Level the Flooring Surfaces

To level between different flooring surfaces, use a material like luaun. 1-1/2" staples will secure the luaun to the subfloor.

Step 3: Cut the Underlayment

Roll out the underlayment and cut to size with a utility knife. No need to use any type of adhesive.

roll out underlayment and cut to size

Step 4: Set the Flooring

Set the first few pieces of flooring in place by simply snapping them together.

set the flooring in place

Step 5: Allow Room for Floating

Use shims to keep the flooring the correct distance from the wall to allow room for it to "float".

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