Laminate flooring is popular and so much better than it used to be. Families love it as it is durable and easy to clean too. It is a more affordable option than wooden floors but you can achieve a stylish look all the same. You can get someone to fit the flooring for you or you could try a little do it yourself.
One of my faults is starting a job without getting all the equipment to hand first so learn from my mistakes with this list.
Adhesive if required
The right laminate
I love the LOC system panels because they are easier to lay. Glue is not involved so you can have your floor down and useable mess-free very quickly. Another benefit it that should you change your flooring in the future these are super easy to remove. If you go for glued options, they are hard-wearing but you may need someone to help you lay it adding to the costs of your project. Pre-glued laminate is another option.
When choosing wooden looking laminate, really consider if it gives you the look you want. I am not that fussy but if you want something that looks particularly authentic, you may need to pay that bit more.
Do not make the mistake of thinking you do not need underlay with your laminate flooring. It helps create a softer surface, cuts down noise and retains heat.
Foam underlay is not good for areas where water will be splashed.
Polystyrene underlay is good for cutting down noise and evening out bumps.
Fibreboard underlay has similar benefits but is better for the environment.
Sponge rubber underlay has an additional benefit as it resists moisture.
Floor spacers are essential to fit laminate properly. Floor panels soak up moisture in the air which expands them. Laminate responds to the temperature of the room and the humidity of the air which varies day by day. Apply the floor spacers before you lay the laminate panels. A good guide is to leave a space of around half an inch between the edges of your final floor panels and your wall. You could invest in a nice beading and start your project in the right way.
Fitting the laminate
Fitting the laminate can be done even if you have no experience. I would strongly advise seeking the advice of the outlet from where you bought your laminate. There are also some amazing videos on You Tube showing you how to do it effectively. I think these are in many ways better than a list of instructions as you can actually watch a person fitting laminate and then replicate what they do.
Are you a fan of laminate flooring?