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Laminate Flooring Installation in Grapevine, TX
If you are searching for a new floor but with a tight budget, laminate flooring might be for you. Laminate is recognized as one of the more affordable flooring types; plus, its installation process is generally DIY friendly. All it takes is a little time and patience and you can save some money by installing your new floor on your own.
The following is a basic guide to laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX. Afterwards, we’ll provide more detail on the ins and outs of laminate.
Laminate Flooring Installation in Grapevine, TX
First off, you will need the following materials and tools:
- Click-lock laminate flooring (of course)
- Plastic Sheeting
- Tape Measure
- Rubber Mallet
- Tapping Block
- Painting Tape
- Wood Putty
- Painting Tape
- Hand Saw or Circular Saw
That may seem like a lot, but the top three are essential to the sturdiness and durability of the floor, you probably have the middle four stored somewhere in your home, and the bottom six can be found reasonably priced at your local department store.
Step 1: Ensure the subfloor is clean and flat
One nice aspect of laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX is it can be laid over practically any type of subfloor. This includes wood, tile, and concrete. However, in making sure the laminate floor is level, the subfloor must be level, no matter what type.
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 the problem can only be solved if discovered.
Step 2: Place the underlay
There are all sorts of underlay options available to homeowners. Almost all options will be of foam material. Foam absorbs sound, provides a slight cushion for foot traffic, and provides a barrier to help with insulation. Most importantly, an underlay can nullify any slight unevenness to the subfloor. All you have to do is place the underlayment over the subfloor and tape it secure by the edges with painters tape. Of course, ensure the underlay is free from wrinkles.
If the subfloor has significant damage or is significantly unlevel then a layer of plywood would likely need to be laid before applying the underlay, sheeting and flooring.
Step 3: Preliminary Layout
Before you dive in, 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 will need. It will also give you an overview of what the end result will look like.
Step 4: Take your time laying the 1st Row
The first row of laminate is the most important. It’s nice to get off to a good start and a bad start could force you to redo the project (no pressure!). You’ll have to cut the tongues off the boards that will face the wall. To clarify, 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). It’s like a puzzle.
Since the tongues of the planks facing the wall won’t have attachments, you can cut them. Lay the first row parallel to the 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 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 may split.
Step 5: The next row, and the row after that, and the row after that…
It won’t take long for you to get into a rhythm with laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX. Once you get the first row done, you’ll essentially be repeating the process with subsequent rows. The end of each row will likely require some cutting. You will have to cut the end pieces to make them fit against the wall, or in this case, up against the spacer. The excess piece in which you cut can be the piece to start the next row, and so on and so on…
Be sure each laminate plank is staggered to avoid seams from lining up. Seams that lineup will hurt the overall appeal and character of your new floor.
Step 6: Finish 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 hole left from the nail. Simply paint over it and no one will be able to tell it was ever there.
Those are your basic steps. Your laminate wood packaging should come with a manufacturer’s manual to fill in the gaps (no pun intended). We simply wanted to give you an idea as to the ease of laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX. The cutting can be tricky; it’s best someone who is experienced with a saw handles that part. Other than that, it’s like fitting together a puzzle. Puzzles can be fun, right?
What makes laminate laminate?
Laminate is made up of various layers that are fused together to create one plank. The layers in order form top to bottom include:
Melamine Wear layer– withstands the wear and tear of general foot traffic within a given room. This layer is scratch-resistant.
Print Layer– impersonates a true wood type through an advanced high-resolution image. For example, an image of an oak floor can be taken and created as a print within a laminate plank. The image emits similar character to that of the actual wood floor.
Fiberboard– Thickest layer, also known as the core, fiberboard is typically 8 mm to 14 mm in width. This layer plays a major role in protecting the plank against dents and moisture.
Backing– Added layer purposed to support the core layer and provide yet another path of resistance to moisture that may try to seep through.
Why is laminate a good flooring choice?
We already discussed in detail the simplicity of laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX. But what else does laminate have to offer?
Affordability is what attracts many customers to this floor type. Because it does not consist of actual wood, you will not have to pay a price similar to an actual wood floor. You would be getting a less expensive floor that very closely imitates hardwood and that triumphs hardwood in certain durability considerations.
For instance, laminate flooring can better withstand moisture than hardwood flooring. Its layered composition makes it more difficult for any type of moisture to get to the bottom. Plus, actual wood is not part of laminate, so the floor type doesn’t have to worry about the effect water has on wood, like how hardwood flooring has to worry about molding, cupping, or crowning.
Ultimately, laminate flooring is purposed more for function than it is appearance. It’s a floor that holds up in looks; however, stands out through its ability to withstand everyday living. With laminate being able to prevent moisture damage, it can be installed in rooms of a house that hardwood cannot, or at least rooms in which it is risky to install hardwood. For example, bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms.
Laminate will generally cost $4- $5 per square foot. In the scheme of things, it is cheaper than other popular floor types, including hardwood, stone, porcelain and ceramic. You can also take into account the fact that laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX is much cheaper compared to other flooring. Even if you don’t install your laminate floor as a do-it-yourself project, you can pay for professional installation at a very affordable price. Professionals can install laminate in a very timely manner.
Laminate flooring is very 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. Even though laminate is not waterproof, it will not run into any issues if you use a wet mop to wipe the floor. Just don’t apply the water directly onto the surface. Rather, dip the mop into a bucket of water and then proceed to mop the floor.
In addition, laminate flooring is considered hypoallergenic. Because the surface is flat, dust does not collect and, as long as you clean regularly, you and any other occupants in your home will not deal with allergies. At least, your laminate floor won’t contribute to anyone’s 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 might seem. 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 floor you desire, 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 match the lifespans of many flooring options. Eventually, the wear layer will, well, wear away. Once the wear layer weakens, the floor will become more vulnerable to scratching and general wear and tear.
Wear and tear threaten hardwood as well, but hardwood can be sanded and refinished to essentially create an entirely new surface. You do not have the same luxury with laminate flooring.
Most laminate floors will be backed by a 10-year warranty. Expect the floor to last around that long, perhaps up to 15 years. If you take great care of the floor then you may add a few more years beyond that. In the end, you’re paying for what you get…
You get a reliable, versatile, easy floor for an affordable cost. Sounds pretty good, don’t you agree? Plus, laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX is easy and affordable in itself.
Flooring Source of Texas
If you are sold on laminate flooring, give Flooring Source of Texas a call! We always have plenty of laminate flooring options in stock, and we always have plenty of flooring experts around to field any leftover questions that you may have from reading the above information.
Also, if you need laminate flooring installation in Grapevine, TX, Flooring Source can help! We’ll complete an estimate to iron out the dimensions and then we’ll complete the installation within a day’s work.
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