The advantages of DIY laminate floors are many. It is no surprise that laminate flooring has become the preferred choice of homes. The pacific floor covering now look and sound just like hardwood. You’ll need to buy a better quality laminate if you want a wood-like look. However, laminate floors are still relatively affordable and less susceptible than hardwood to damage from moisture or water. It is resistant to scratches, dents and wear and tear and can last for many years if properly cared for.
Installing DIY laminate flooring is easy for the average homeowner. This allows you to take an active part in your home improvement projects while saving hundreds over hiring a contractor. Although you will need some basic handyman knowledge to install the flooring, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easy this flooring is. All new laminates use an installation system called a “snap-and-lock” or “tongue-and-groove”. It means the floorboards can be snapped together just like puzzles and no messy glues or specialized equipment is required. Underlayment is what you’ll need.
It’s crucial to use the right underlayment. This underlayment, which may look like vinyl sheeting, is what absorbs sound and allows the laminate to be durable. It will give you more time for cleaning up spills. Also, it will protect your floorboards from moisture if the moisture seeps in. You will need to prepare the floor area once you have bought your DIY laminate flooring materials. It is possible to install laminate over existing flooring, such as vinyl. This means you don’t have to tear up your base floor. Once the subfloor has been cleaned and sanded, you can lay the underlayment. Save any base and quarter round trim when trimming down the underlayment. Tape the seams to seal it tight.
It is simple to install floorboards, although you should start the installation straight. Mark where you will cut the floorboard by positioning it in the desired location. Miter saw is used to make the cut and then the board can be repositioned. The second row should begin with half planks, so that floorboards will be staggered in the entire room. You should also start at the end of the room and work towards the other end. The rest will fall into position. Snap each piece into place, and if you want to make sure the floor is stable it’s best to have someone else stand on the plank that will receive the next piece. Once you find your rhythm, you will be able to complete the project in just a few days. The finishing touches are molding, trim, and transitional pieces. DIY laminate flooring offers a range of flooring choices that look like hardwood. You can also install it yourself. It’s finally a project where you will be able to stamp your name on it!