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Newkirk Wallcovering and Painting Laminate Floor Installation

How to install a laminate floor

Original hardwood floor ready for laminate floor upgrade

Take a look at the existing hardwood flooring and you can see why we chose to replace it with a low maintenance laminate floor. Because this dining room is such a heavily used area it really required a floor that could withstand all the high traffic. We could have refinished the natural wood, but in time it would have eventually looked like this again.

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Clearing the room for laminate floor install

The first thing we have to do is get as much working area out of the space as possible. So we moved all the chairs and different odds and ends out of the room. We did leave the dining room table in the room, we just pushed it aside for the time being.





A clean sweep

Once the room had been cleared for laying the new laminate floor, we gave it a good sweeping. It's important to check over the floor and make sure there are no foreign objects sticking up that could possibly over time, wear through the new laminate floor.

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Installing the transition track for laminate flooring

This predrilled transition strip track needs to be the first thing installed. The two ribs that I have my thumb on are what the transition strip snaps into. Install the track with the flat side facing the floor that is being replaced. As you nail or screw it into place make sure it is straight with no binding or buckling in the plastic strip.

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Preliminary calculations for laminate floor install

Each plank measures a width of about 7 3/4 inches. So we figured out how many rows it would take to complete the room by dividing 154 inches by 7 3/4. We didn't want to start with a full piece and wind up with a little 1" strip for our final row of laminate.

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Underlayment for the laminate floor

We are ready to put down the foam moisture barrier. This brand has a self-adhesive strip for overlapping the seams for a tighter seal against humidity that might work its way up from underneath. Moisture can cause the flooring to buckle at the seams (not a good thing to happen). The foam also provides a cushion under the laminate which makes it easier on the feet and provides a bit of sound proofing.

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Cutting out for register vents

We were lucky we only had one custom cut-out to do on this particular laminate floor. All we did was mark the area we needed to remove using a framing square. Then using a saber saw, we made our cuts by following the pencil marks on the board. Remember to measure twice and cut once! And always play it safe when dealing with power tools.

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Installing the individual planks for laminate flooring

Now comes the easiest part of all, installing the laminate sections. Here we have my friend Karl using a wood block and a hammer to help insure that each panel is tightly fitted into place. The way these panels are designed to snap together is really the best part of the entire project. I'm pretty sure Karl had never installed laminate flooring before this, but after a couple of rows were finished you would never know it. After awhile I had a hard time keeping up with him.

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The Halfway point on laminate floor install

Once we finished a little more than half way across the floor we moved the dining room table to the other side of the room. Time for another clean sweep and floor check. We're about two hours into project by now and it's starting to look good already.

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The Final Row of laminate flooring

The last row of laminate needs cut leaving about a 1/4" from the wall. This enables the floor to expand a bit if needed. If we don't leave a little breathing room the floor is bound to buckle in different temperatures and or humidity levels. I used a table saw to make the final row cuts. Here (photo at right) I'm using a small pry-bar to pull the pieces together. If you do it correctly you'll hear a snap when you know the tongue and groove are in properly in place.

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The Transition Strip for laminate floor install

This is the transition strip (shown upside down). The center section fits tightly into the track with no nails or glue needed.

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Transition Strip Trimmer

The Mohawk Flooring company provides a transition strip trimmer with each 8 foot section. I used it to trim off one side of the strip because the vinyl flooring I was butting up to was higher than the hardwood floor I was covering. The transition strip is also designed to be cut on both sides if you have two level surfaces. I was pretty impressed with how well the trimmer worked. The red bar you see on the side of the cutter/trimmer (photo to right) is actually a piece of sand paper built into the trimmer to take off any rough edges left behind. Once again I was totally impressed with how well everything was design for a somewhat simple install.

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Installing the transition strip

Here you can see in detail the transition strip in place. I placed a clean cloth rag over the strip and used a hammer to lightly tap the strip into place. Notice the laminate wood side of the transition strip has the cut.





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Finished product - laminate wood floor

A shot of the finished product showing the transition strip (photo to left). Oh, and my two little helpers were out on the floor dancing away about five minutes after I took this final shot of the new laminate floor.

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