Long level or yardstick
Spacers for expansion gap
Rubber mallet and tapping block
Trim or caulk
Molding, transition pieces
1. Remove baseboards, molding, and doors.
2. Clean floor.
3. Note direction of joists.
4. Fill dips with self-leveling compound or screw down loose or squeaking boards, as necessary to prepare subfloor.
Laminate can be installed in any room.
Nail heads in subfloor will show direction of joists.
Roll out underlayment in abutted rows.
Check level of floor with long level or yardstick.
1. Lay first boards against starting wall, groove side out.
2. Use spacers to keep an expansion gap between wall and boards around entire perimeter of floor.
3. Stagger joints at least 8 inches apart: first board in first row should be full length; first board in second row should be 2/3 length; first board in third row should be 1/3 length.
Acclimate flooring to installation area for at least 48 hours prior to installing.
Laminate should run crosswise to the joists.
If using circular saw, cut flooring finish-side up; if using table saw, cut boards with fine-tooth blade with finish-side down. This will minimize splintering.
1. Rip final boards to fit.
2. Replace baseboards and molding and add transition molding as necessary
Join boards by inserting tongue into groove and pushing down until boards lock together.
Never hammer laminate boards.
Nail baseboards and molding to wall, not to laminate.