Home Improvement: Laminate Wood Floor Installation
synopsis by: Augustin M.
In this article, we will talk about laminate floor installation for your remodeling or home improvement project. Laminating flooring comes in a couple of different installation applications. You can have a standard tongue and groove, such as this, where it’s just a tongue and groove that goes together, and end to end, or you can have a snap together.
With the tongue and groove, it either has to be nailed down or glued down. With the snap together, you can actually do what they call a floating floor where you put down a paper barrier which usually has some kind of a foam cushion material on it. You snap the floor together, and you are done. So, it’s a lot less labour intensive than glue down or nail down process.
Regardless of the process you’re using when you start out installing your hard wood floor; e.g., if this is the outside wall, so you want to go to the outside wall of your room and you want to draw a line. Thus, the thickness, a little bit more than the thickness of your flooring and you want to draw that parallel. So measure out and draw that parallel to that outside wall and that will be your reference line for doing that floor.
We are going to lay out several rows; your flooring comes in various lanes, and what we want to do is laying out this floor. We want those laces to be varied throughout the room. So you want to dry stock that out of several rows until you get a good pattern. Then we will push that away from the wall. In a glue down, we will simply take our glue and we will spread it evenly thin layer across the floor.
Now, with the glue, it will recommend a trowel and a type of notch that you need for the glue in the flooring that you are using so go by that recommendation. Then once we get that down, we’ll just take these grus. You want to have these nice even grus. What the grus do, is that they allow the flooring to get suctioned there. First one, we’ll put down, and you want to make sure to leave a quarter inch between the edge of the board and the wall all way round for extension and contraction.
We will just lay these down and press them in. You want to put a quarter inch filler and you want this to be solid on your first row. Something that you can pull out later once the glue is adhered because you will need it on this tongue and groove to be able to put these in place. And you either squeeze them or tap them for some kind of rubber mallet. Once you do that, then you get a good system and your home improvement project should look great.
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