Installing Laminate Floors Yourself

by Kate Kennedy 06/09/2019

Laminate floors are the new rave in home improvement now. Not do they provide a look that is exactly like that of real wood, they also infuse a warm touch of class into your living area with ease. The best thing is that they are quite easy to install at home. So you can go to a hardware store, grab laminate flooring that speaks to you and head home to install it yourself.

What you need to do a laminate flooring installment

Here's a list of things you need to have when planning to replace your flooring yourself safely prepare for all eventualities:

  • Knee pads
  • 16-gauge nails
  • Wood scraps
  • Safety gear (masks, hard workers gloves and safety goggles to avoid flying chips)
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Pry bar
  • Circular saw

Apart from these, if you have someone experienced in home DIY projects to assist you, that also helps.

Step 1 – Remove the existing floorboards. Use a pry-bar to remove the baseboards that exist on the floor. If there is carpet on it, cut that at the edges and dispose of it safely. If any other fasteners are remaining on the subfloor, remove them with a pair of pliers and clean away the dust and dirt.

Step 2 – Prepare the laminate flooring. Get the laminates out of the box to set up the wood tones around the house. Get the precise dimensions of the plank and add 3/8 of an inch to allow for expansion. Mark that distance from the wall you intend to start from and then make a chalk line at the corner. Chalking enables you to have a straight line for the first run of planks.

Step 3 – Plan for custom cut boards. There will be areas across the room where you will need shorter lengths of flooring planks. Measure these ahead to know where you will make the board cuts for these areas early enough so that you are not caught unaware.

Step 4 – Install the first row. Once the flooring lines up against the chalk line you marked, ensure the tongue side faces the wall. Don’t forget to leave the 3/8-in gap between the wall and the edge for expansion and also at the end of the first run.

Step 5 – Install the rest of the floor. With the first run done, continue adding planks across the room using a tapping block and hammer to ensure a snug fit between planks and across. Check everything first before moving. Trim custom cut boards wherever necessary to get a good fit.

Step 6 – Install the last run. The final run involves ripping each board to size. A circular saw helps with this. Load the 16-gauge nails into a nail gun and reinstall all baseboards and nail these into the studs.

If you encounter any installation issues along the way, call the store, and they will direct you to a professional installer to provide you with some help.

About the Author
Author

Kate Kennedy

 

Kate Kennedy is welcomed by the Heyler Realty team as a sales professional specializing in the Westside of Los Angeles. Kate has developed the professional acumen specifically designed to advocate on the behalf of her real estate clientele. Living in Santa Monica, Kate appreciates first hand how special it is to live by the sea, and is committed to helping her clients find their own perfect place in the sun.

Having been raised the daughter of a lobsterman, Kate learned early on what “hard work” truly means.  Coupling her inherited strong work ethic with her entrepreneurial spirit, Kate decided to break out on her own and leave the snowy Maine coast bound for the sunny shores of California. 

To say there was a bit of culture shock was an understatement, but Kate is the type of a person that likes to make big bold moves, and embracing this challenge was no different.  It didn’t take long before Kate had settled herself in Santa Monica, finding the small town feel familiar and comforting- even if the ocean was on the “wrong” side.

 Once she established her new home, Kate quickly went to work building her business, “Kate K My Way.” For well over a decade, Kate has been running her exclusive personal assistant business which was built entirely from client referrals. Kate’s desire to help people and make a difference on a personal level is what made her stand out among the masses.  Her no-nonsense East Coast practicality is what helped her to get the job done, and done correctly. Kate employs these same principles to her work as a Realtor.

Living in Santa Monica and proudly serving her community as a Board Member of the Ocean Park Association, Kate appreciates first hand how special it is to live by the sea, and  is committed to helping her clients find their own perfect place in the sun. Her commitment to her clients is unwavering.   Kate’s communication skills, attention to detail and ability to focus on the big picture help to ensure easy transactions and positive results for her clients.  Above all Kate prides herself on her honesty, integrity and ability to bring good humor to all of her business dealings.

Outside the Office

Kate and her husband, Steve, live in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, and enjoy taking full advantage of all that west coast seaside living has to offer. As cheesy as it may sound, Kate really DOES love long walks on the beach, but you will have to get up very early in the morning to catch her down by Tower 26. Kate’s other interests include cooking for friends, attending local theatre, gardening, and reading science fiction and Stephen King novels.

Professional Accomplishments

Five Star Professional Rising Star Award 2019