Laminate floor installation is a somewhat easy alternative to putting in a hardwood floor. One of the reasons floor laminate installation is easier than other options is because floor laminate does not need to be nailed or glued to the ground.
Laminate floor installation takes a little time to get used to. The pieces hook together like puzzle pieces. At first the task can be annoying, and hard to master. After some time the installation becomes easy, and even somewhat fun.
Step 1: Reveal the Subfloor
To start, you need to reveal your subfloor. To do this remove any other floor which is currently in the room. Also, remove any trim that might be along the bottom of the wall. Your end goal of this step is to find the part of your room that can be built upon. Do not go too deep. If you reach dirt you have gone too far.
Step 2: Smooth the Subfloor
Once the subfloor is revealed you should use a smoothing tool to make the floor level. It is important that the floor is as level as possible so that the laminate can be flatly placed. Also, if you have removed substances from the lower section of the wall, this area might also need to be smoothed.
Step 3: Apply Padding
When you have a bare and smooth subfloor you will probably want to put down padding. Cut the padding into rectangles. The padding pieces should not resemble the shape of the laminate floor pieces. Place the padding throughout the room. Don't forget to cut holes into the padding if the pieces are going to go over vents.
Step 4: Measure
When the padding is uniformly distributed throughout the room you can start measuring for your pieces of laminate. This can be done placing the laminate pieces next to each other from one side of the room to the other. This is how you will be able to tell which pieces go where. You should have enough laminate to completely full the room.
Step 5: Place the Laminate
Take a moment to learn how floor laminate links together. Laminate pieces can attach to each other on all four sides. Once you are comfortable with this begin putting the pieces together.
The key is to make the floor laminate pieces fit snugly across the room. You should start from one corner and piece the laminate together parallel to the wall until you reach the other corner.
This is your first strip of laminate. Your next strip will attach to your last strip, working from wall to wall, strip by strip, until you reach the other side of the room.
Note: the laminate pieces should fit snugly onto the floor. If after completion you find your floor is unstable you will begin installation again, this time fitting the pieces more tightly together. You now have performed a successful laminate floor installation. Do not be surprised if your friends beg you to help them do the same.