Laminate flooring can seem like a DIYer’s dream come true. The floating floor requires no gluing and clicks together over your subfloor. It comes in a variety of colors and styles. It’s also a more affordable choice for homeowners looking to save money on the work (DIY) and the product. However, proper installation is a must if you want to reap the benefits of your labor and proper installation begins with the state of your subfloor.
Because laminate planks or tiles “float” over the subfloor, they need a flat surface. Uneven subfloor with humps and dips can lead to flooring that creaks and clicks when you walk on it, as it gives under the weight of your steps. Before installing laminate flooring, make sure you have a flat subfloor surface – if the surface is uneven, use a filling compound to achieve the smooth base you need.
Once your subfloor is prepared, you should select the proper laminate flooring for your space. Consider temperature and humidity, as these factors can cause the flooring to expand and contract which can lead to gaps over time. Proper install is a must to prevent gaps at the ends where one board meets another – in some cases wood glue or other adhesive may be necessary to secure the boards.
Laminate flooring can be a long-lasting, durable, affordable choice for your home – and certainly it is a much more realistic DIY challenge than hardwood or tile flooring. However, it is an undertaking and there are many pitfalls along the way. You may decide that this DIY is more than you are up for, or you want to ensure that you won’t see problems arise down the road – that’s where the professionals come in! Contact our team at Floor Zone – we would be happy to work with you to ensure that the product you select gives you the attractive, low maintenance look you want for years to come by installing it right from the beginning.