Laminated Flooring Installation

Laminate flooring is a flexible material that is developed and built to be simple to install. We recommend having a professional install laminate flooring, which may be laid above or below ground, and over wood or concrete. Because there are no adhesives or special tools required, laminate flooring installation is 30% – 50% faster than other floors.

Laminate flooring is intended for “floating floor” installation, which eliminates the need for glue, nails, or staples. Laminate boards, on the other hand, feature a distinct tongue-and-groove profile that attaches by simply locking edges into place for a securely bonded surface. When finished, the entire floor “floats” above the subfloor, expanding and contracting in response to variations in temperature and humidity in your house.

Preparation of Laminated Flooring Installation

1. Our installer let the planks acclimatize for 48 hours in the unopened packaging at the normal room temperature, in the middle of the room where the floor is to be installed. The ideal conditions are 15-22°C at a relative humidity of 30-75%. If climate conditions are outside this 30-75% range, we strongly advise acclimatizing for 1 week with opened packages.

2. We remove any damp-porous floor covering (carpet, needle felt, etc.) first. Damp-sealed floor covering (PVC, linoleum, VCT, etc.) does not have to be removed. Always use a dampproof underlay.  On a damp-sealed floor covering (PVC, linoleum, VCT, etc.) an underlay with a damp proof membrane (or a separated PE-foil) need to be installed to avoid migration.

3. We make sure the subfloor is level. Any unevenness greater than 4 mm over the length of 2 meter must be smoothed out. The same applies to any unevenness of more than 1 mm over a length of 20 cm.

4. After checking the subfloor for unevenness, we carefully vacuum the entire surface. Make sure that the floor base is flat, clean, firm, and dry. To avoid risk of squeaking, secure any loose particleboard, OSB, fiberboard, timber planks etc. with screws.

5. We prepared following standard tools: Hammer, saw (a jig-saw, hand circular saw, hand saw, or cross-cut saw), mouth mask (during sawing), pencil, tape measure, safety goggles and gloves.

Installation of Laminated Flooring

The floors with hydroshield technology are water-resistant after installation. Following this instruction carefully makes the floor fit for use in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and entrance areas. The panels are not suitable for use in damp spaces like pool areas, saunas, and rooms with built-in drains like showers. These extra water protection instructions do not cope with national regulations of water protection in wet rooms.

1. Before starting, ProFloors & Cabinets specialists carefully measure the length and width of the room to plan a precise layout to achieve a balanced appearance of the floor. This is very important when installing typical tile decors. This will ensure also you won’t end up with the last row being too narrow.

2 We make sure the panels are mixed sufficiently when we install them. To obtain the best visual effect, it is best to fit the floorboards in the direction of the longest wall and parallel to the incidence of light.

3 First we install the underlay, per width, and gradually as you progress. It is vital that you use underlays to smooth any unevenness in the base floor. The smooth top surface makes installing the laminate panels easier and ensures ample expansion afterward.

4 We begin the first row with a whole plank.

5 We put the plank with sawn-off sides against the walls. Put spacers from the installation kit between the planks and the wall. This will ensure that your expansion joint is wide enough: 8 to 10 mm (5/16” to 3/8”).

6 To obtain a clean cut, the pattern side should face down when we use a jigsaw, sabre saw, or circular handsaw and up when we use a handsaw or a crosscut saw.

7. Start with the first plank that will be installed in the corner. Remove the click profile on both the long and the short sides of the plank by sawing. For other planks of the first row (not in the corner), we remove the click profile on the long side that will be directly next to the wall. Any side of a plank that is directly next to a wall, must have its click profile removed, in order to ensure the required expansion gap.

8. Remove all spacers.

Naples, FL Most Trusted Premium Laminated Flooring Shop and Installation Contractor

Visit ProFloors & Cabinets at 2033 Trade Center Way, Naples, FL 34109, United States or contact us online to talk to our sales representative.  ProFloors & Cabinets is a locally owned and operated full-service bathroom and kitchen remodeler. We deliver superior customer service and high-quality products, including American made flooring, and cabinets to Southwest Florida. No job is too big or too small for ProFloors & Cabinets.