Installing a Locking-Laminate Floor
This DIY Download will provide tips on installing a locking-laminate floor.
Buy 10 percent more flooring than you think you need in case of mistakes.
Let boards acclimate to installation space for 48 hours.
Laminate boards can go over just about any floor except carpet.
Fill low spots in current floor with leveling compound.
Remove existing molding carefully and you can use it again.
Duct tape on your pry bar will cushion the molding against dents.
If flooring doesn't have pre-attached padding, install foam underlayment to buffer sound.
Tape seams of underlayment with duct tape.
If floor is concrete, add vapor barrier.
Pull boards from several boxes during installation to even out color variations.
Stagger lengths of end boards so seams don't line up.
For a snug fit, use a pull bar and mallet to tap boards together.
Nail molding to wall, not to floor.
Cut boards with good side up to prevent splintering and tearing.