Gone are the days when a professional must be called to install new flooring. Snap-together flooring makes it possible for the average person to become a home remodeling expert. Change the look of an interior room by installing this flooring. It will make the space look fresh and improve the value of the home.
You will need:
• Snap-together laminate flooring
• Quarter-round molding
• Transition thresholds
• Finish nails
• Wood putty
• Plastic sheeting
• Tapping block
• Chop saw
• Utility knife
• Tape measure
• Shop vacuum
• Painters blue masking tape
• Duct tape (optional)
• Touch-up paint in same color as baseboards
Step 1: Use the broom and shop vacuum to clean the subfloor. Remove all debris and ensure the floor is smooth and flat.
Step 2: Place a plastic sheeting layer onto the subfloor to form a moisture barrier. Use the masking tape to tape the sheeting two inches up from the side of the floor. It may be necessary to duct tape to overlap edges of the sheeting by six inches.
Step 3: Hold the laminate flooring away from the wall by approximately one-quarter inch, using small sections of flooring planks. This allows for expansion on the floor perimeter. Lay the first row so it is snug against these spacers. The length should be trimmed to end one-quarter inch from the wall.
Step 4: Use the trimmed section of the first row to begin the next row. This creates staggered joints between planks in one row and those in another. Lift the plank at an angle. This enables it to lock into place. Tap the new row to the first, using the hammer and a section of scrap wood or tapping tool. This prevents hammer damage to the groove and tongue.
Step 5: Continue installing rows of flooring until you have reached the far side of the room. Rip the planks lengthwise to fit into the last row. At a doorway, install transition strips between this flooring and other kinds of flooring located in this area.
Step 6: Remove the spacers on the border of the floor. Install the baseboards and the quarter round to cover the gap between the wall and floor and to cover the moisture barrier on the wall. Set the nail heads just slightly below the molding surface and fill them with wood putty.
Step 7: Cover the putty with the touch-up paint.