Before installing laminate flooring, it’s helpful to keep a few basic facts in mind: the dimensions and any special characteristics of the room, available tools and materials, and the preferred thickness and structure of the flooring. You start with the underlayment.
Various underlayment materials are available for meeting different requirements. On mineral substrates, it’s essential to spread a vapour barrier before installing underlayments to insulate against impact sound and reflected walking noise. This is the basis for laying the actual laminate flooring using the “cut-and-clic” method.
Laying laminate panels is child’s play because the panels simply snap together when angled and then pressed with a thumb. Our DIY specialist, Thomas, shows how much space should be left along walls and between joints. Here’s a tip: you don’t need a rule to cut them to size! And what about special situations like doors and heating installations?
If you don’t want to shorten door frames, this clip shows an alternative. It’s also easy to install flooring around heating pipes. The room is rounded off with accessories.
What about transitions to other rooms? The last step is placing the skirting boards – the different styles give the room a special touch. Now the important thing is proper care.
care & repair
Laminate floors last a long time if they’re properly cared for and treated. Visible damage can be quickly and easily fixed: DIY specialist Thomas shows how to replace a whole panel in the middle of a floor.