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.