How to Lay Laminate Flooring


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Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 3.003 m²

Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 3.003 m²

Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 3.003 m².This laminate flooring sample has an attractive Oak effect finish. Each plank uses a simple click system so installation is simple and it can be used with underfloor heating to keep your home warm.

£2.00

Aquanto Oak Natural Look Laminate Flooring Sample

Aquanto Oak Natural Look Laminate Flooring Sample

Aquanto Oak Natural Look Laminate Flooring Sample.At B&Q we want to help you choose the perfect flooring for your home. By ordering a sample you will be able to clearly see and feel the finish and texture of the laminate and look at the sample in different...

£2.00

Wickes Natural Oak Laminate Flooring Sample

Wickes Natural Oak Laminate Flooring Sample

Great value floor for everyday use.

£2.00

Wickes Aspen Oak Laminate Flooring Sample

Wickes Aspen Oak Laminate Flooring Sample

Creates a startling level of realism as the surface of the floor matches the pattern underneath it

£2.00

Concertino Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample

Concertino Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample

Concertino Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample.At B&Q we want to help you choose the perfect flooring for your home. By ordering a sample you will be able to clearly see and feel the finish and texture of the laminate and look at the sample in...

£3.00

Bailieston Grey Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m²

Bailieston Grey Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m²

Bailieston Grey Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m².This laminate flooring sample has an attractive Oak effect finish. Each plank uses a simple click system so installation is simple and it can be used with underfloor heating to keep your home...

£2.00

Gawler Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 2.058 m²

Gawler Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 2.058 m²

Gawler Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 2.058 m².This laminate flooring sample has an attractive Oak effect finish. Each plank uses a simple click system so installation is simple and it can be used with underfloor heating to keep your home...

£2.00

Bannerton Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 2.058 m²

Bannerton Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 2.058 m²

Bannerton Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 2.058 m².This laminate flooring sample has an attractive Oak effect finish. Each plank uses a simple click system so installation is simple and it can be used with underfloor heating to keep your...

£2.00

Aberfeldy Grey Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m²

Aberfeldy Grey Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m²

Aberfeldy Grey Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m².This laminate flooring sample has an attractive Oak effect finish. Each plank uses a simple click system so installation is simple and it can be used with underfloor heating to keep your home...

£2.00

Gladstone Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m²

Gladstone Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m²

Gladstone Natural Oak Effect Laminate Flooring Sample 1.996 m².This laminate flooring sample has an attractive Oak effect finish. Each plank uses a simple click system so installation is simple and it can be used with underfloor heating to keep your...

£2.00

How to lay Laminate Flooring a Tutorial

Before you start the tools and materials you will need for this project are as listed...

Tools Required

  • Mitre Saw
  • Flooring tools
  • Jemmy
  • Square
  • Snap off knife
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Goggles
  • Face Mask
  • Knee Pads

Materials you will Need

  • Laminate Flooring
  • Laminate Flooring Underlay
  • Fresh Outstrip
  • Skirting

Laminate flooring can be laid on any smooth flat surface as long as it is dry, firm and level.
Fix all screws and punch nails firmly below the surface.
Condition the boards before fitting by laying them horizontally in the room in their packaging for at least 48 hours before use.

Like most jobs preparation is key.

Ensure the surface is free of loose material you should also check existing screeds and concrete for moisture.
This can be carried out using a moisture meter or alternatively sheets of polythene approximately 1 meter/square can be taped onto the screed and a heavyweight placed on top for 24-hours, the screed will discolor or moisture will appear under the polythene if there is any present.

If this happens you should stop and seek expert advice.

Remember the last row you install must be at least 10 centimeters wide so if you need to adjust the first row to compensate you must calculate that before you begin.
If you need to remove the skirting you should do that now.

Select a suitable underlay this should be clear from the underlay pack. If you are fitting on a solid sub floor for example concrete you must use a damp proof membrane.

Remove soft laid floor coverings for example carpet and vinyl and remember this flooring must be laid as a floating floor and not glued or fixed down never use carpet underlay under laminate flooring.

Lay your underlay across the room at 90 degrees to your laminate flooring and butt the joints with this underlay it should not be necessary to tape the joints.

It is now time to lay your laminate flooring.
The planks should be laid length ways parallel to the longest side of the room and towards the main incoming source that light if possible.

Begin laying in the right-hand corner use a spacer to create a ten to twelve millimeter expansion gap around the edge and start the row by placing the plank tongue to the wall fit the next panel short side tongue over groove and using it down with action push the tongue of the second panel down into the first panels groove.
Listen for the click the boards are now connected.
Continue to complete the first row. Insure the panels are perfectly in line for the final plank this row place it face down as shown tongue to tongue using spaces to maintain the 10 mm gap on the short edge and mark where the plank is to be cut cut to size face up using a mitre Saw.
If you are using a jigsaw cut face down.

If the off cut is longer than 30 centimetres this should be used to start the next row. This ensures minimum wastage but also means you can properly stagger the planks to achieve the correct finish if the plank is to short start the next year with a new plank cut in half.

If you are fitting flooring around a pipe I recommend using a spade drill bit and jig saw. Fold the long edge profile tongue down into the groove of the previous row at a 45 degree angle continue to install by locating the next panels long edge and sliding it along to meet the previous panel then folding it down and clicking the short edge in=n as you do this.

To lay the last row position a loose plank exactly on top of the last row layed place another plank on top with the tongue side touching the spacers along the wall to form the ten millimeter expansion gap. Draw a line along the edge of this plank to mark the first plank. Cut along this and fit the board using a jemmy to knock in the clip together mechanism use this method to cut and fit all the boards against the wall once you have laid your flooring you can cover the gap around the edges your room with skirting.

I have chosen at bare wood skirting here which I highly recommend you prime and undercoat not forgetting to treat knots first course before fitting.

If you are using the trim option where skirting has not been removed you need to choose a trim that matches your flooring and make sure you glue the trim to the skirting and not to the floor. Fix the threshold strip in the doorway if there is a different type of flooring on the other side of the threshold strip you must use a suitable type that will suit both floorings.