How to install Laminate Flooring



How to install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has come a long way over the past 20 years. Before that most homes had hardwood flooring, which was expensive, often beyond the reach of most people. Now most home owners can afford to have a lovely floor, at a reasonable price.

If you decide to fit your own laminated floor, get a helper in to give you a hand. As you’ll see in the video, you’ll join a number of rows of laminate planking first and then join them all together later. When you join the rows together you’ll need a hand to lift the plank rows and slide the tongue into the groove, all the pro’s tell me so, so get someone in and avoid the headache.

Apart from that I think that it’s all in the video. There’s no glue-ing or nailing or screwing. The whole system clips and locks together and the laminate flooring lies on the surface of the floor, enabling it to expand and contract with temperature changes.

When you cut an end section, put an X on the side that you’ll discard, that makes it easier to retain the correct piece. And bear in mind that there’ll be no tongue or groove at the point of your cut, so turn the board around and use the tongue or groove at the other end.

If a closet is to be put into the room, lay the laminate flooring up to the point where the cupboard will end. Closets should not stand on laminate flooring.

You’ll also need to do some prep, like removing baseboard trim or carpets. Often this is also a good time to get in some help.

But probably the most important part of the job is in the choice of the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has a lifespan of about 10 years. You’re going to be living with the finish for a long time, so go to a few stores and look at as many patterns, sizes, colours and prices as you can. Chat to the salesman at each store – salesmen love to talk and often have some very good information, so gather as much as you can. When you’ve decided and are ready to make your purchase, just sit down for 5 minutes and think the whole thing over. Have you got the right transition colour/enough planking/all the tools, and when you’re happy go ahead and make the purchase.

This is a medium to difficult project. As I always advise; give yourself plenty of time to do the job. If you think each room will take a day, allocate 2 days. If you finish sooner – well that’s great.

Good luck, enjoy, smile and I hope that the video helps you to get a lovely result.

Producer: Don Morris


Installation was done in Cape Town, South Africa by PRO-FIT; 082 597 4924 or e-mail: simon@pro-fitinstallations