Wood Laminate Floor
Installing wood laminate floor is another way to change the dull looking of your linoleum floor. Wood laminate floor can transform your room into a marvelous place and at the same time, it is easy for you to do the maintenance. There are many products of wood laminate flooring that you can choose in the market according to your budget and preferences. In addition, you can install these wood laminate flooring by yourselves. Here are the steps on how to install them.
You will need:
- Wood Laminate Flooring
- Power Saw/Manual Saw
- Measuring Tapes
- Pry Bars
- String Line
- First, measure the floor to take the total area of space to be covered. Bring this measurement to your local dealer.
- Make sure the room is clear from any furniture, carpets and doorway trim before beginning installation.
- To start the installation, apply the first row of unglued boards to check the alignment and the width of the boards.
- Begin in a corner away from the door. Apply the first row of boards with the groove sides toward the wall without glue.
- Place the spacer between the boards and the wall on both the short and long side. Saw the boards to fit the wall if the wall is very uneven.
- Lay the final board in each row down in front of the row and turn the other way around for marking. Use an electric saw for the decorative side down and a handsaw for the decorative side down.
- Place a square on the board and mark where it needs to be cut. Slide the last board into the place. Use a long level or a straight 2 by 4 to check the first row straight.
- Pick up the boards in the first row and apply glue in the short side of the board. Press the boards together and wipe any excess glue before it hardens. Make sure that the end joints are tight.
- Start each row with the piece cut off from the previous row to cut down on waste. Apply glue to the groove on the long and short sides of the board and press in place.
- Apply one board at a time. Continue across the floor within one board width or less to the closing wall. Complete the last row by placing ¼ inch spacers against the wall.
- Cut a piece of flooring to suitable lap length and flip it back side up. Then, lay it in place by overlapping the last row of flooring laid.
- Mark the new piece where the two intersect. Cut along this line, turn it over and test fit. Continue the same step with each piece if the fit is right. Lay the last row of boards down after applying glue and press together with a chisel or crowbar.