It is always important to do your homework before diving into any home renovation or installation project. When it comes to installing a new wood laminate flooring it is absolutely essential that you are properly prepared with both the proper tools and knowledge that will shine through in your final product. Though the installation process is not difficult it is often rushed leading to frustrating and unnecessary heachache. During installation your patience will be truly tested and your biggest mistakes will come from pushing through without proper planning. Before getting started take a step back and read through these five common installation mistakes that will save you time and eliminate some of the stresses that come with trial and error.
Almost all the newer laminate options are now engineered to “snap” together. Unless you are directly instructed that there is no longer any need to use a tapping block during your installation. When you hammer the laminate planks against one another you have chances of destroying the intricately designed locking mechanism resulting in a loose and weak installation.
Multi Room Installation Lacking Dilatation
Installations in smaller rooms will work fine with ¼” of expansion gap surrounding the proximity of the floor, but for larger spaces upwards in the 40’ or larger in length it is essential to give a ½” buffer to help eliminate side effects such as buckling.
Installing Beneath Kitchen Cabinets
Proper expansion gaps is the make all or break all rule for a great wood laminate floor installation. As the seasons change the climate fluctuations will result in your floor expanding and shrinking. By locking your flooring down with your cabinets you will eliminate free expansion resulting in large bumps throughout your flooring.
Lack of Necessary Sealing
Special measures are necessary when installing laminate wood flooring in areas that are exposed to abnormally wet conditions or moisture. The floors surface will remain resistant to water, but it is vital that you take every possible precaution when protecting it from allowing moisture to seep under the floor. All areas that may come in contact with unusual water conditions should be sealed with an appropriate Laminate Flooring Sealant to eliminate chances of water damage.
Installation Over Uneven Surfaces
You must always take into consideration the quality of your sub-flooring to determine your laminate’s end results. In many cases older homes will have a far from perfect sub-floor thus making thicker laminates a poor choice. This will result in your laminate wood flooring flexing in attempts to adjust to your uneven sub-floor ending with ruined locking mechanisms, gaps and a weakened overall structure. Before any purchase you should always assess the quality of your sub-flooring to allow for educated decisions. If your sub-flooring has major issues, the wisest decision would always be to repair it first in order to get the best quality installation for your investment.