If you are looking for affordable and stylish flooring, click laminate is an excellent choice. Click laminate is durable, easy to maintain and can significantly improve the look of any room. Best of all, you can install it yourself, without the help of a professional. In this blog post, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to install click laminate yourself. So grab your tools and let's get started!
- Click laminate floorboards
- Saw (hand saw or jigsaw)
- Spacers (wedges)
- Tape measure
- Knee pads
- Safety glasses
- Installation kit (usually includes a stop block, pull chock and striking iron)
- Possibly a laminate cutter or miter saw (for making angled cuts)
Step 1: Preparation
Before you start laying the click laminate, you need to prepare the room. Remove any existing flooring and make sure the subfloor is clean and level. Also check that there are no protruding nails or screws.
Step 2: Install subfloor
Lay a subfloor to protect the click laminate from moisture and to dampen sound. Most subfloors are easy to install because they usually have a click system similar to the click laminate itself. Make sure that the edges of the subfloor fit together properly and secure any overlaps with tape.
Step 3: Prepare laminate planks
Open the packaging of the click laminate and allow the planks to acclimate for at least 48 hours in the room where you will install them. This helps the laminate adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room.
Step 4: Start laying
Start in a corner of the room and lay the first plank with the tooth facing the wall. Place spacers between the plank and the wall to leave room for any expansion of the laminate. The spacers will ensure that you have an even expansion joint along the entire perimeter of the room.
Step 5: Laying click laminate
Place the next plank diagonally against the first plank, with the groove facing the direction of the plank already laid. Press down firmly and slide the plank to the side until you hear a click. Repeat this process and keep laying the boards in a row. Be sure to press them tightly together, but not too much, to prevent the floor from bulging.
Step 6: Cutting boards to size
When you get to the end of a row, you may need to cut a board to size. Measure the required length of the plank, mark it off and then cut off the excess. Make sure you cut the plank on the right side so you still have the groove on the short side to join the next row of planks.
Step 7: Repeat and finish
Continue laying the boards in the same way, row by row. Be sure to start each row with a short plank so that the seams between rows stagger and have a more natural appearance. Working gradually to the other side of the room, use the hammer and stop block to tap the boards firmly into place.
Step 8: Skirting and finishing
Once all the laminate is laid, you can remove the spacers and replace the baseboards. Any gaps between the baseboards and the floor can be covered with skirting or caulk. Be sure to use the right sealant that is suitable for use with laminate flooring.
With the right tools, a little patience and this step-by-step guide, you can make your own click laminate lay and create a beautiful floor. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if you have some difficulty at first. With some time and effort, you will soon become familiar with the process. So what are you waiting for? Get started and enjoy your new click laminate flooring!