FITTING LAMINATE FLOORING - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Fitting laminate flooring can give your home floors a great look that is tough and can withstand most normal day to day use and last for years.

There are several things you need to know before fitting your laminate flooring to get the best finish possible and to ensure they are fitted correctly. Watch the video above and here are some additional tips you should know before you start:


  • Dampness can rise up from concrete floors so ensure there is non present before you begin, this can be done by cutting a transparent piece of polythene around 1m x 1m and stick it down to the concrete floor using duct tape and leave for 24 hours. When you go back, remove the tape and check the underside for any moisture, if it feels wet then you won't be able to fit the flooring directly over the concrete and may need a damp proof membrane.
  • Your floors will expand and contract over the summer and winter so it is important to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the floor to allow for this contraction. This can be covered using beading, see how to fit Scotia beading for laminate flooring for more details.
  • Some types of laminate flooring cannot be fitted in certain rooms such as bathrooms, wet rooms and kitchens so be sure to check the type of flooring you buy is suitable for the room you're fitting it into.
  • Once you've bought your flooring the boards will need to acclimatise to the room, so leave the boxes flat in the room they're going to be fitted in for at least 24 hours.



We understand that no two homes are ever the same and fitting your floors will bring problems you cant anticipate so if you have any questions regarding fitting your laminate flooring, please leave a comment below and we will answer them to the best of our ability.

FITTING SCOTIA TRIM OR BEADING FOR LAMINATE FLOORING


Once you've finished fitting your laminate flooring you will want to fit some Scotia trim or beading to hide the expansion gaps around the perimeter of your floor.

This is a quicker and simpler way to hide the expansion gap rather than removing and replacing the skirting boards but here are a few things you should note before you begin:

  • Your beading should be laid flat 24 hours before fitting it to keep it straight and allow it to acclimatise to the room to reduce the chance of shrinking or expanding.
  • Beading can be cut at angles using a mitre saw or a Scotia trim cutter 
  • Attach your beading to the skirting using grab adhesive or panel pins (use a centre punch to sink the pins)
  • For longer lengths, join beading together at 45 degree angles for a neater finish rather than butting them together
  • Use white beading to match your skirting if you can't find a perfect match for your flooring
Beading is a great alternative to removing your skirting boards and replacing them and if fitted correctly should last and look great over the lifetime of your floors. We have a wide range of wood floor fitters in Glasgow who can have your flooring fitted perfectly.

FITTING LAMINATE FLOORING AROUND A RADIATOR PIPE


You want a neat finish when fitting your laminate flooring around circular pipes such as radiator pipes or drainage pipes.

The video shows you a simple method on how you can get a perfect finish around pipes using a drill with a spade drill piece, saw and some adhesive and filler.

Some things you should note before you begin are:

  • The hole you drill in the laminate flooring should allow about 5mm around the full circumference of the pipe to allow for expansion, meaning if you have 15mm pipes you should drill a hole of 25mm to allow the 5mm on each side.
  • Get some flexible filler from your flooring shop that matches the colour of your flooring to fill in the gap or you can use a pipe collar to hide the gap.
  • Use adhesive to stick the wedge back into place and keep it from moving out
There are some other methods you can use when cutting around pipes but this one will keep the cuts down to a minimum and always leaves a good professional finish.

FITTING LAMINATE FLOORING AROUND DOOR FRAMES



Possibly the most common place to see untidy cuts and gaps in laminate flooring is around door frames where the floor stops between rooms. 

Some floor fitters tend to simply cut the flooring around the door frames and fill the gaps with a flexible matching filler. This can look ok, but over time the filler becomes discoloured or can come loose which leaves the gaps exposed and generally looking untidy.

Follow the guide in the video to get perfectly fitted flooring around your door frames, some steps you should not are:

  • Fit your flooring up until you reach the door frame
  • Try to split the boards so you're using one board for one side of the door and another board for the other side, as trying to cut and fit one board to fit both sides of the door frame is much more difficult.
  • Using a scrap piece of flooring, line it up with the door frame and mark the height you want to cut with a pencil line all the way around.
  • Cut into the door frame about 2 -3 cm (20 - 30mm) all the way around using either an oscillating saw or if using a handsaw just rest it flat against a scrap piece of flooring as you cut.
  • If you're using a thick underlay, make sure to take this into consideration before you start cutting, with normal 2-3mm foam underlay you can normally get away with just using a scrap piece of flooring for the height as it can be compressed easily to fit your flooring underneath.

This tip can be used in other places other than door frames, in fact, practically anywhere that is made from wood or plastic that you have to cut laminate flooring around can simply be undercut like in the video for a neater finish.

FITTING LAMINATE FLOORING AROUND A TOILET




Fitting laminate flooring around toilets and sink pedestals can be tricky if you're not the most experienced laminate or wood floor fitter.

The video above shows you how to easily make a template from lining paper which can then be transferred to your laminate flooring board to give you a guide as to where to cut.

Some simple steps you should follow:

  • Fit the laminate flooring up till the board that needs to be cut
  • Cut a piece of paper or use the box your laminate flooring came in to use as your template
  • Place the template into place into the grooves on the previous board
  • Fold it into place and use a utility knife to cut it into shape around the fixture
  • Transfer your template to your new board and mark your line with a pencil to cut
  • Cut the board with a jigsaw and fit into place

Although the video above shows how it's done with vinyl flooring, it is the exact same procedure with laminate flooring.