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Laminate Floor Installation Allen TX
If you’re looking for new flooring but are on a budget, laminate flooring is a great option for you! Laminate is known as one of the most affordable flooring types and it’s installation is typically DIY-friendly. It takes some time and patience, but will end up saving you money.
Here’s what you need to know about laminate flooring in Allen, TX:
Laminate Flooring Installation
First of all, you’ll need the following tools and equipment:
- Click-lock laminate flooring (obviously)
- Plastic Sheeting
- Tape Measure
- Rubber Mallet
- Tapping Block
- Painting Tape
- Wood Putty
- Painting Tape
- Hand Saw or Circular Saw
It may seem like a lot of equipment, but the top three are essential to the durability of the floor, you probably have some lying around the house, and can find the others at your local home improvement store.
Step 1: Make sure the subfloor is clean and flat
One nice thing about Allen laminate flooring is that it can be laid over basically any type of subfloor. These include wood, tile, and concrete. However, in order to ensure that the laminate floor is level, the subfloor must be level, no matter what type it is.
Before laying the underlayment or the floor planks, clean the subfloor and check for damage and unevenness. There are ways to fix the unevenness, but you have to notice the problem first!
Step 2: Place the underlay
There are all kinds of underlayment materials available. Almost all options will include foam material. Foam absorbs sound, provides a soft cushion for foot traffic, and provides a barrier to help with insulation. Most importantly, an underlay can resolve any slight unevenness to the subfloor. All you have to do is place the underlayment over the subfloor and tape it in place by the edges with painters tape. And, of course, make sure that the underlay is free of wrinkles.
If the subfloor has significant damage or is significantly unlevel then a layer of plywood would probably need to be laid before applying the underlay, sheeting and flooring.
Step 3: Initial Layout
Before you get started, create a layout by putting the laminate planks in their expected places. This will give you an idea of which planks will need to be cut and how many rows of planks you’ll need. It’ll also give you an idea of what the end result will look like.
Step 4: Take your time installting the 1st row
The first row of laminate is the most important. You should start off on the right foot or you might end up having to redo it. You’ll also need to cut the tongues off of the boards that will face the wall. Essentially, each plank has a tongue and a groove. One side of one plank (the tongue) will click and lock into the other side of the other plank (the groove) like a puzzle.
Since the tongues of the planks facing the wall won’t have attachments, you can cut them off. Lay the first row along longest wall in the room; start from the right and work left (if facing the wall). Place spacers about ¼ inch between the wall and the first row of planks. A ¼ inch gap is important because it allows space for possible expanding and contracting of the flooring over time.
For the ends of the planks, take your rubber mallet and tap one end 2-3 times to make sure the seams are firm. Don’t be too aggressive or else the ends might split.
Step 5: The following rows
It won’t take a long time for you to get into a rhythm when installing your laminate flooring. Once you finish up the first row, you’ll basically be repeating the process with the following rows. The end of each row will probably require some cutting. You’ll have to cut the end pieces to make them fit against the wall, or in this case, up against the spacer. The extra pieces that you cut can be used to start the following rows.
Make sure that each laminate plank is staggered to avoid seams from lining up. Seams that lineup will detract from the character of your new flooring.
Step 6: Complete the job
Take out the spacers and install the baseboards to cover the ¼ inch gap. When nailing the baseboards back in, it helps to take wood putty and fill the gap left by the nail. Just paint over it and no one will notice it was ever there.
Those are your basic steps. Your laminate wood packaging should come with more detailed instructions to help you through the process. We just wanted to give you an idea of how easy laminate flooring installation in Allen is. The cutting can be tricky; it’s best someone who has experience with saws handles that part. Other than that, it’s like fitting together a puzzle.
What makes laminate what it is?
Laminate is made up of multiple layers that are combined to create one plank. The layers in order form top to bottom include:
Melamine Wear layer– withstands the wear and tear of overall foot traffic in a room and is scratch-resistant.
Print Layer– imitates real wood through a high-resolution image. For instance, an image of an oak floor can be taken and turned into a print for a laminate plank. The image is identical to that of the actual wood floor.
Fiberboard– Thickest layer, also known as the core; fiberboard is usually 8 mm to 14 mm wide. This layer guards against denting and moisture-absorption.
Backing– Additional layer meant to support the core layer and provide yet another source of protection against moisture that might try to seep through.
Why is laminate a good flooring option?
We already talked about how easy laminate flooring is to install, but what else does it have to offer?
Laminate flooring is quite affordable. Since it doesn’t include any real hardwood, you won’t have to pay the price of real hardwood flooring. You’ll be getting inexpensive flooring that closely imitates hardwood and even triumphs hardwood when it comes to durability.
For example, laminate flooring can better withstand moisture than hardwood flooring. Its layered composition makes it more difficult for any type of moisture to reach the core. Additionally, real wood is not part of laminate, so you don’t have to worry about the effect water has on wood with laminate, like how you’d have worry about molding, cupping, or crowning with hardwood.
In the end, laminate flooring is meant more for function than for appearance. It’s a floor that looks nice, but also one that can withstant everyday wear and tear. With laminate flooring being able to prevent moisture damage, it can be installed in rooms where hardwood can’t. For instance, bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms.
Laminate typically costs around $4- $5 per square foot. It’s cheaper than other popular floor types, including hardwood, stone, porcelain and ceramic. You should also consider the fact that laminate flooring installation in Allen is much cheaper compared to other flooring. Even if you don’t install your laminate floor the DIY way, you can pay for professional installation at a reasonable price. Professionals can install laminate flooring quite quickly.
Laminate flooring is easy to maintain. It takes nothing more than a vacuum, a mop and a broom to keep the surface clean. Dust and debris have nothing to penetrate; therefore, any of those cleaning tools will effectively keep your floor shiny and uninterrupted. While laminate is not waterproof, it will not run into any issues if you use a wet mop to wipe the floor as long as you don’t pour water directly onto the surface. Instead, dip the mop into a bucket of water and then proceed to mop the floor.
Additionally, laminate flooring is considered hypoallergenic. Since the surface is flat, dust does not collect and, as long as you clean as needed, you and your guests won’t deal with allergies. Most floors are friendly to those who suffer from allergies; the real exception is carpet. All sorts of dust and other random particles get stuck in carpet. That’s why carpet is most desperate for a nice weekly vacuuming.
Laminate is more versatile than it seems. If you recall the composition of laminate, it has a print layer. The print layer is not reserved for only hardwood prints. Prints of stone flooring and wood tile can also be used. Whatever flooring type you want, you can make it come to fruition through a laminate version. Furthermore, if your budget does not allow for the real thing, laminate is without a doubt a worthy alternative.
The one downside to laminate flooring…
It doesn’t last as long as some other flooring options. Eventually, the wear layer will wear away. Once the wear layer weakens, the floor will become more vulnerable to scratching and overall wear and tear.
Wear and tear threaten hardwood as well, but hardwood can be sanded and refinished to basically create a new surface. You don’t have the same luxury with laminate flooring.
Most laminate floors are backed by a 10-year warranty. Expect the floor to last around 10 to 15 years. If you take exceptional care, you might be able to add on a few years. Ultimately, you’re paying for what you get.
You get a reliable, versatile, easy floor for an affordable cost, so it’s a pretty good deal. Plus, laminate flooring installation is affordable as well.
Flooring Source of Texas
If you’re intersted in laminate flooring, give Flooring Source of Texas a call! We always have a wide variety of laminate flooring options available, and we always have our knowledgeable staff ready to answer any questions you have.
Additionally, if you need laminate flooring installation in Allen, Flooring Source can help! We’ll complete an estimate to figure out the dimensions and then we’ll complete the installation in a timely manner.