Installing Laminate Floors Yourself

by Arne DeWitt Group 10/06/2019

Laminate floors are the new rave in home improvement now. Not do they provide a look that is exactly like that of real wood, they also infuse a warm touch of class into your living area with ease. The best thing is that they are quite easy to install at home. So you can go to a hardware store, grab laminate flooring that speaks to you and head home to install it yourself.

What you need to do a laminate flooring installment

Here's a list of things you need to have when planning to replace your flooring yourself safely prepare for all eventualities:

  • Knee pads
  • 16-gauge nails
  • Wood scraps
  • Safety gear (masks, hard workers gloves and safety goggles to avoid flying chips)
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Pry bar
  • Circular saw

Apart from these, if you have someone experienced in home DIY projects to assist you, that also helps.

Step 1 – Remove the existing floorboards. Use a pry-bar to remove the baseboards that exist on the floor. If there is carpet on it, cut that at the edges and dispose of it safely. If any other fasteners are remaining on the subfloor, remove them with a pair of pliers and clean away the dust and dirt.

Step 2 – Prepare the laminate flooring. Get the laminates out of the box to set up the wood tones around the house. Get the precise dimensions of the plank and add 3/8 of an inch to allow for expansion. Mark that distance from the wall you intend to start from and then make a chalk line at the corner. Chalking enables you to have a straight line for the first run of planks.

Step 3 – Plan for custom cut boards. There will be areas across the room where you will need shorter lengths of flooring planks. Measure these ahead to know where you will make the board cuts for these areas early enough so that you are not caught unaware.

Step 4 – Install the first row. Once the flooring lines up against the chalk line you marked, ensure the tongue side faces the wall. Don’t forget to leave the 3/8-in gap between the wall and the edge for expansion and also at the end of the first run.

Step 5 – Install the rest of the floor. With the first run done, continue adding planks across the room using a tapping block and hammer to ensure a snug fit between planks and across. Check everything first before moving. Trim custom cut boards wherever necessary to get a good fit.

Step 6 – Install the last run. The final run involves ripping each board to size. A circular saw helps with this. Load the 16-gauge nails into a nail gun and reinstall all baseboards and nail these into the studs.

If you encounter any installation issues along the way, call the store, and they will direct you to a professional installer to provide you with some help.

About the Author
Author

Arne DeWitt Group

There are a lot of real estate agents serving the South County real estate market, but few with the longevity, experience and professionalism of Arne DeWitt.

Arne graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BS degree in Business Administration and soon put his business skills to work in his real estate career with RE/MAX that now spans more than 30 years.

During his career Arne has listed and sold more than 1500 homes, resulting in 750 million in sales and garnering every production award given to top producing RE/MAX agents – including the prestigious Chairman’s Club, Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Arne has continued to hone his professionalism and knowledge. Throughout his illustrious career he has earned several esteemed professional real estate designations such as GRI (Graduate REALTOR Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and ERC (Employee Relocation Council)

But it’s not the awards and industry accolades that fuel his passion – it’s a genuine desire to help his clients achieve their real estate goals and dreams. Arne is most proud of the high percentage of referrals and repeat business he receives from satisfied clients who shower him with thank-you letters with comments such as:

“You made the selling of our home a pleasurable experience. You should clone this guy!” and “Arne did everything he said he would do and more!”Arne Dewitt

When not working as your community relocation specialist, Arne likes to unwind by participating in sports such as golf, fishing, and hockey. He also enjoys coaching boys’ sports and spending time with his sons, Wesley and Matthew. Arne is active in his church and donates time and income to individual charities.