Creative Living Laminate is composed of an inner core and an outer layer of wood or plastic veneer that can simulate wood, marble or granite. You can install it on top of an existing floor as long as the floor is flat and solid. The under layment will compensate for irregularities and help keep the floor quiet. Under lament, which also cushions the laminate flooring to make it more comfortable to walk on, comes in large rolls or as separate pieces that can be taped together.
If you plan to cover an entire floor, keep the edges ¼-inch from all walls to allow for expansion and contraction. You can hide the exposed edges with trim or molding. When measuring the area you plan to cover, add an extra 10 percent to allow for waste. And remember to check any door clearances before you install laminate flooring on top of an existing floor.
Before installation, store the flooring in the room where it will be installed for at least 48 hours to acclimate it to the environment. Laminate flooring this will help prevent the flooring from accumulating moisture, and it will reduce expansion and contraction during installation.
Materials and Tools:
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1. Remove the shoe molding from around the baseboard. Remove any doors from the area to be covered. Place a piece of under layment and laminate next to the doorjamb, mark the height of the flooring and cut out the desired area of the frame with a handsaw.
2. Install the floor under layment. Make sure the edges don’t overlap, and tape the pieces together to prevent them from shifting. Create an expansion gap between the under layment and the walls by using spacers. If you’re placing a laminate floor on top of a concrete slab, apply a polyethylene plastic vapor barrier before installing the under layment.
3. Choose your beginning wall (the wall where you’ll start installing laminate), which should be more visible than your ending wall. Plan your installation so that any irregularities in the ending wall will be hidden by appliances or furniture and so the focal point of the room is emphasized. The planks along the edges should be at least 2 inches wide. Check your measurements before you begin to make sure the planks along your ending wall won’t be too narrow.
4. Check for damage on each plank before installation of your laminate flooring. Individual planks can be difficult to remove after they’re set in place.
5. Dry-fit the first three rows of planks. If your beginning wall is uneven or has contours, you’ll need to trace a pattern in order to cut the laminate flooring to size. This will help keep the rest of the floor square. If your beginning wall isn’t parallel to your ending wall, you can make a few cuts to compensate. When you’re finished, the irregularity probably won’t show.
6. When you’re ready to install the laminate flooring, apply glue to the edges of each plank. Glue all the way along the long and short edges. Slide the plank into position, and use a tapping block to make the joints as tight as possible. Don’t strike the tongue of the plank with the hammer; you could damage it. After installing the first three rows, allow them to dry for an hour before you install the remaining planks.
7. When you get to the end of a run and need to make a cut, you may be able to use a scrap piece of flooring. If you have to cut an irregular angle, measure the short and long sides and the point at which the angle begins. Transfer the measurements to the back of the plank, and use a saber saw to make the cuts.
8. Stagger the joints within each run so that they’re at least 8 inches from the joints of the preceding run. As you get to the ends of the runs, use a pry bar to tighten the joints. You can also use a strap clamp to hold the planks in place as the glue dries.
9. Measure each wall and cut quarter-round shoe molding to length. Use a miter saw to make 45-degree cuts for inside and outside corners. Cover the expansion gap around the edge of the laminate flooring by nailing the shoe molding into place, making sure you don’t nail through the laminate flooring. You may want to use a pneumatic nailgun to speed up the process. The quarter-round will add a finished look to the floor and help hide irregularities.
10. Use a reducer strip to make a visual transition between the laminate floor and the adjacent floor covering.
11. Cut the metal mounting strip to the appropriate length and secure it to the floor with screws. Cut the reducer strip to length and snap it into the mounting strip.
Laminate Flooring is the general term for a permanent covering of a floor, or for the work of installing such a floor covering. Laminate flooring is easier to install and maintain than hardwood floors. Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface. Both terms are used interchangeably but floor covering refers more to loose-laid materials. Materials almost always classified as floor covering include carpet, area rugs, and resilient flooring such as linoleum or vinyl flooring. Materials commonly called flooring include wood laminate flooring, ceramic tile, stone, terrazzo, and various seamless chemical floor coatings.
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Perhaps one of the most desired and treasured part of a homes decor in consumer’s minds is a home that has hardwood flooring. Ask any home realtor they will confirm that a home that has hardwood flooring will sell faster and for more money. Hardwood flooring will add warmth and beauty to any home and it is the most desired floor covering and will increase the value of any home.
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Ceramic tile is one of the most popular flooring choices used in homes and offices throughout the United States and around the world. Ceramic tile is also a popular choice for walls, backsplashes, showers and more. Used in just about every room in a home, ceramic tile is beneficial for you and your home.
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Marble flooring can give your home an aura of richness. It definitely has a natural beauty that quite surpasses most other flooring materials. For this reason, marble is quite expensive. In addition, it is very heavy and so must be installed by professionals, adding to the cost. But it’s worth it!
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Cut from large cork board stock is a new a decorative and stylish type of flooring that you are seeing more and more in not only commercial applications but in homes.
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Is a laminate based flooring made with the same composite material as formica countertops are made with. This plastic formica is a mixture of a cloth and a resin.
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Is a relatively cheap flooring it is a type of VCT tile cut into wood shaped planks. This is usually a peal and stick kind of flooring.
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Has been used almost as long as there have been floors, it is one of the oldest forms of flooring known to man.
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Has been around for years but it is just in the last decade or so gotten more popular. The fact that it uses up less natural material and is more earth friendly is probably one of the most important factors.
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Are one of the oldest types of hardwood flooring that is still in everyday use. It is actually named after its geometrical pattern of different shapes used in flooring designs.
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