Are you interested in having DIY laminated flooring installed in your home? If so, here is a list of dos and don’ts you should keep in mind.
Do read instructions carefully.
Just because you are having to do it yourself laminated flooring installed does not mean you will be without any kind of professional guidance or assistance. Most DIY laminated flooring designs sold come complete with instructions. If yours do so as well then be sure to read it carefully and thoroughly. Don’t skip any part as that will only backfire on you!
- Do not install flooring when the area is subjected to extreme temperatures.
As such, extremely high temperatures during the summer as well as most days of winter are the worst time to install DIY laminated flooring in your home. It’s best to wait for spring and fall – unless of course you have heating or air-conditioning at home to guarantee room temperature.
When the area is subject to room temperature, let at least two days go by before you start working on your floor installation.
- Do work on your subflooring first.
No matter what kind of flooring you are installing in your home, the quality and current condition of your home’s subflooring is important. As such, be sure to give it a thorough check before anything. If necessary, work on its repair and do give it a thorough cleaning as well. Check if its surface is completely level, too. When all that is done then that’s when you can work on the top layer of your home’s flooring.
- Do work on its seaming.
As you work on the underlayer of your do it yourself flooring, make sure that you tape together its seams. If not then everything else will fall apart eventually. Laminated flooring is fairly durable but there’s really no repairing it once it’s damaged.
- Do not forget to leave an expansion gap whenever necessary.
Expansion gaps are required whenever you have stationary objects next to your flooring. These include but are not limited to built-in cabinets, columns, and pipes. Be sure that the expansion gap is at least 3”8 in size.
- Do cut into the back of your do it yourself laminate flooring.
This is one of the most important rules to remember when working with DIY laminated floors. If you forget to do this, it will cause the top or decorative layer of your floor to chip. Surely you don’t want that?