The flooring inside most residential properties can take a beating throughout the years. Children, guests, and pets can damage flooring surfaces and leave your home looking less than its best. Replacing the flooring within your home is a great way to breathe new life into the property.
Homeowners looking to achieve a high-end design on a low-end budget often choose laminate flooring for their homes. A laminate floor can look fabulous- as long as it is installed correctly.
Always use shoe molding to finish your laminate floor.
Once you have laid your laminate planks out across your home's floor surface, you will need to finish off the planks with some type of decorative molding.
Homeowners often make the mistake of thinking that baseboards will provide an adequate finish, but this is not so. There should be a slight gap between the baseboard and the end of your laminate planks to allow for expansion to occur.
The addition of shoe molding is the best way to cover over this expansion gap to achieve a polished and professional look. Just be sure that you nail the shoe molding directly to the baseboard and not to the laminate tools so that expansion can occur without restriction.
Spend time preparing the subfloor.
In their haste to get new flooring materials installed, homeowners can rush through the preparation phase. Once your old flooring materials have been removed, the subfloor will be exposed.
You must take the time to clean up the subfloor and ensure that it is level if you want your laminate floors to look smooth. Use a hammer to tamp down any nail heads holding the subfloor materials in place so that your laminate planks don't snag on these nail heads and sustain damage once installation is complete.
Don't hammer directly on the planks.
The tongues on each of plank in a laminate floor must fit snugly into the grooves of the plank beside it. Achieving this tight fit during installation requires that the planks be tapped into place.
Some homeowners make the mistake of hammering directly onto the sides of the laminate planks. This practice can damage the tongues and grooves on each plank, making it impossible to achieve a seamless connection.
Use a tapping block as a buffer to protect your laminate planks. A tapping block is a made from durable resin that can apply force to laminate planks without the risk of damage.
For professional help, look for laminate installation services in your area.