You’ll get the most out of your new laminate flooring if you make sure your surface is well prepared beforehand, it’s installed properly and looked after once it’s in place.
We’ve put together this mini guide to help you put your flooring in place but remember this is a general guide only. You’ll find that ‘click’ flooring and installation guides can vary depending on the manufacturer so always make sure you read their instructions too.
Before you start
Do – Have a read of the instructions that come with your flooring and store them as advised so they’re allowed time to get used to the environment
Do – Make sure your sub floor is checked as recommended in the instructions from the manufacturer
Do – Have a good read of the instructions that come with your product. Did you know that a lot of the problems with flooring come from not preparing the sub floor properly or not installing the flooring correctly so reading the instructions carefully should help avoid this?
Do – Try to use the underlay/adhesive and accessories that your manufacturer recommends where possible
Do – Give yourself lots of time to put your flooring down. You’re more likely to make mistakes if you’re rushing to finish
Do – Double check you’ve got all the tools for the job before starting, that way the job will be easier and you’ll end up with a better finish
Tips for laying your laminate flooring
Before you start make sure your sub floor has been prepared correctly and that any underlay/adhesive has been put in if the manufacturer recommends this.
For your second board, find the short joint and fold down.
Continue with the rest of your rows following the guide above, making sure you leave the right size expansion gaps recommended by the manufacturer around edges and fixed objects.
You will need to trim your final row to the right width (making sure you allow for expansion gaps and the board joints which can be located using a heel iron bar)
Once you’re finished you can remove all your edge spacers and put in any edge and threshold trims where needed
Care & maintenance dos and don’ts
Do – Use door mats and floor mats where you can to keep your flooring newer for longer. This will also help to stop dirt and grit being walked into the floor
Do – Try to use furniture protection pads under any furniture legs and feet so that your floor won’t get damaged when moving furniture around. It will also help if you pop some mats in areas where you’ll be walking lots to help keep your flooring newer for longer
Do – Protect your floor from any areas that get a lot of sunlight. This will stop your flooring from discolouring as quickly
Don’t – “Wet mop” wooden or laminate flooring, as this can damage your floor’s surface. Always use the manufacturers recommended cleaning products
Don’t – Slide heavy furniture or objects across the floor as this may also damage the surface
Don’t – Use a wooden or wood based laminate flooring in any form of wet room, ie bathroom or shower room etc
Don’t – Let pets with claws run across the flooring where possible. Try to keep their claws trimmed to stop them scratching the surface of your floor
How much flooring do I need?
It can be difficult to know how many packs of flooring you’re going to need, especially if you have an irregularly-shaped room. Use our handy guide, which you can download below (just click the image or the link), to get an idea of how much you’ll need.