How to install laminate floors
Please Note: Atwood floors recommend use a professional installer to lay flooring. Any DIY problem NOT of Atwood floors responsibility.
- Measureup：To find out how many laminate boards are required to cover a certain room, it is necessary to get a correct measurement of the floor space of the room. The combined area of the laminate boards should be about 10% more than the area of the room to allow for wastage.
- Acclimatize your New Laminate Flooring:For at least 48 hours before your laminate floor is laid, the product should be kept in the room where it is going to be installed, in the boxes it arrived in. A constant temperature must be maintained before, during and three days after the installation takes place. This process helps to stabilize moisture levels as naturally as possible because laminate flooring can expand and contract slightly with changing temperature and humidity. If this is allowed to happen then gaps or peaks can appear, ruining the look of your floor.
- Mark Your Laminate:Always make some kind of mark on your laminate before you begin cutting. This is the best way to prevent mistakes. Use a pencil or chalk to mark so it’s not noticeable.
- Pick Your Tool:Chop saws are good for repetitive cuts, especially on the short end of laminate boards. These tools create a lot of dust so it’s best that you use it outside. Circular saws are good for cutting long straight lines. Jigsaws are good for cutting laminate to put around things like pipes, or other curved objects.
- Cut Your Laminate:If you are using a power saw, remember that laminate chips easily. To prevent chipping, you have to use a saw with fine teeth and you have to cut downwards into the laminate, not upwards as is typical with saw blades, and other materials like wood. If you are using a simple hand saw, cut your laminate with the good side up, but only use pressure on the downward strokes. When pulling back up, don’t let the saw come into contact with the uncut section of the line.
- Notch the Planks:If you are installing the laminate around pipes, and need to cut to fit them, you should use a jigsaw to actually notch the planks. Leave a ¼ inch expansion space so that there is room for the pipe
- Most laminate floors are click-system types and knowing how to fit laminate flooring like this is far from rocket science. The items will fit together like jigsaw pieces. The key is not to add too much glue, as this will form barriers between the edges.
- The laminate boards should be laid starting from the perimeter of the room. Make sure that the groove side of the boards face the wall. The first board on the first row should be a full board, and the second row should start with a 2/3 board. The first board on the third row should be a 1/3 board, and the fourth row starts with a full board again. This pattern will go on until the entire floor is covered with laminate boards. The end joints of one row should be about 8 inches away from the end joints of the next row.
- Even if the new floor has been properly acclimatised it will still experience normal expansion and contraction as humidity and temperature levels vary. This means that there should be a small gap of 10mm between the edge of the room and the laminate to allow for this.
- To maintain this gap during installation spacers are provided in the installation kits (purchased separately). After you have installed the floor you can cover this expansion gap with scotia/beading or new skirting boards. The 10mm expansion gap also needs to be left in doorways where the floor follows through from one room to another; we have a full range of door profiles available to match your floor.
- How to install wooden floors
Please Note: Atwood floors recommend use a professional installer to lay flooring. Any DIY problem NOT of Atwood floors responsibility. STEP-BY-STEP GLUE DOWN WOODEN FLOORINGSTEP #1 – Establish a starting line
STEP #2 – Spread the adhesive
- For best visual effect, it is recommended that flooring be installed parallel to the longest wall in the
- Usinga chalk line the area between the wall and the chalk line becomes your working area for starting installation, and your last installation area for completing the
STEP #3 – Install the strips
- Applythe recommended adhesive with a trowel according to the manufacturer installation instructions (found on the adhesive pail) for the specific adhesive that is being
- Alwaysselect your strips with The more deeply colored strips should be installed where they are less visible. Pieces with flaws should be recut.
- Usingthe working area to install your flooring, line up the first strip with the tongue facing the wall, then press the strip into the adhesive and against the holding
- Leave 1/4-inch (6 mm) between the wall and the end of each strip in each
- Startthe second row with a strip of at least 6-inches (15 cm) shorter or longer than the strip used in the first This will avoid aligning or clustering the end joints.
- Continue with the subsequent rows in the same
- Toavoid shifting or gaping of the strips during installation, use 3M blue tape to hold them Remove the tape within 24 hours. Avoid use of masking tape, which leaves an adhesive residue and may damage the finish
When you get to the final row you will likely find it necessary to rip-saw the strips to fit against the wall. Install using the pry bar and leave 1/4 -inch (6 mm) minimum expansion spaces.STEP #4 – Install the transition pieces
- Installany transition piece that may be needed, such as stair nosing, and These products are available prefinished to blend with your flooring. Please install these first so that you can match the next board easier, color match on mouldings cannot be guaranteed due to the natural characteristics of wood flooring.
- Reinstall your baseboards and/or quarter round mouldings. Be certain to nail the mouldings into the wall, not the
- Always keep a few spare strips from your initial installation for possible repairs in a sealed carton and properlystored
- Wait 24 hours before moving furniture and appliances back into the area where flooring was