Reasons to install laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is a very popular flooring material and it has several advantages over conventional flooring materials.
Some of the reasons to install laminate flooring are:
If you are going to install laminate flooring in your home, then you must do some research first. This will ensure that the flooring that you choose will not only add a touch of beauty but also be highly functional for your requirements. There are many brands available in the market and choosing from such a variety can be difficult sometimes unless you know what exactly you want irrespective of the budget that has been set aside for this type of improvement.
What is the estimated cost of laminate flooring installation?
The laminate flooring installation cost will range from £9 to £12 per m2, depending on your choice of flooring. Some companies will also charge an additional fee for the removal of any existing floor covering and some others won't include it in the price.
What is the cost of laminate floors per square foot?
The average price range that you should expect from a good company is around £8-£10 per m2, but if you are buying from online stores then you can get a bit lower prices. The cost may vary anywhere between £5 to £30 depending on what kind of product you want.
What is the laminate flooring installation process?
The installation process is almost the same for all floors. The first thing you need to do is prepare the floor if it isn't ready yet and then lay down a felt, which protects the subfloor. You then have to measure out where each plank will be placed and cut them using an electric saw. Once that is done you can start installing the planks in place, making sure they are aligned evenly with each other. The final step involves covering all joints with edgebanding tape and cutting any protruding ends off at 45 degrees. It's better to hire professionals for this kind of work due to their experience and expertise in handling such tasks.
Do you need an underlay for laminate flooring?
A lot of people often wonder if they need to lay a special type of material or underlay before the laminate flooring. The answer is no as laminate floors can be laid directly on the bare floor. The only time you may want to use an underlay, which will essentially protect your sub-floor from moisture and provide some level of soundproofing, is when laying it over concrete slabs or timber that isn't perfectly stable. You should ensure though that after you've installed an underlay you take out any excess material hangover from the outer edges so it doesn't interfere with installing your laminate planks later on.
It's better not to lay laminate flooring in places where there are high humidity levels like kitchens and bathrooms. Humidity can seep through your laminate flooring even if you put a special underlay beneath it. This is because the wood of the sub-floor is likely to retain moisture from cooking, washing and bathing for longer than laminate floorboards will. This is particularly true in areas like bathrooms and kitchens which are places that see more liquids staying on the same surfaces for long periods.
If are installing laminate flooring in high humidity areas, then it's better that you use an anti-moisture underlay first. These types of products fit underneath your floorboards and act as a barrier against any water or moisture coming from below. They'll also have a pungent odour which is a good thing – it usually means that they'll do their job and stop any moisture from getting through.
For areas that are exposed to water or that get wet, follow the correct installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of your laminate flooring. Many of them will require an anti-slip underlay as well for additional safety. These typically have a slightly rough texture on top so the liquid doesn't just form puddles - it also runs off more quickly than normal grout, helping prevent accidents. Wooden flooring in bathrooms or kitchens should always be fitted with one of these products too.
When can you walk on laminate flooring after installation?
As soon as it's been laid, laminate flooring is safe to walk on. You don't have to let it acclimatise for a specified period as you do with stairs or other areas that are subject to wear and tear. There are no joints in the wood-effect finish so there's nothing to creak. However, if the room has recently been painted or wallpapered then you should wait until the paint is dry before laying your new flooring down - this could take up to ten days but will depend on the manufacturer's instructions and how well they sealed any joints beforehand. This is because spills can easily get trapped under these flaps and stains from liquids may seep through the paper.
Tiles are a great, practical option for kitchens and bathrooms because they're easy to clean and simple to replace when needed (though not cheap). But if your home is flooded, you may need to hire specialists to remove them from wet surfaces before they can be replaced. This is why laminate flooring could be a better option as it can handle small amounts of water - it'll just last for fewer months instead of years. You should also make sure that any rips or tears in the underlay aren't left untreated - repair them immediately or you may see damp issues appear after fitting your new floor covering.
How do you lay laminate flooring with furniture in the room?
For many homeowners, the most awkward part of fitting laminate flooring is moving furniture. However, it's important to make sure your new flooring doesn't end up all over the place as you move around furniture and ensure there are no gaps between planks. The best way to do this is to lay a carpet underneath the area of laminate that will be fitted - if you have an existing carpeted area in an adjoining room, just cut out a square section (as big as possible) and slide it under your furniture on top of plastic sheeting. This will help to hold everything together while you're moving it around and also give you an idea of what gaps may appear later on. Make sure you keep every plank straight by using a spirit level and give it a good hard tap from time to time to keep everything even.
The next stage is to get your polishing kit out. Don't be fooled into thinking that you can just leave the floor alone once it's down! A good long polish with laminate cleaner does help, as well as ensuring your future watermarks wipe clean much more easily. Make sure you have plenty of soft/microfibre cloths on hand too - they're the best tool for this kind of job.
Sometimes there will be little niggles or annoying scratches in the laminate that become apparent after installation - don't worry about these for now, although if they are large then you may want to look at solving them fairly quickly. Be as careful as you can to protect your newly laid laminate flooring from damage and dirt.
How do you lay laminate flooring in a small room?
If you're looking to install your laminate flooring in a small room, there are certain things you need to consider first. The corners of the room can cause issues and make it quite unsafe for anyone using the space as well as making it uncomfortable. Therefore we recommend that you either cut around 5-8mm off all four sides of the length of each plank (which will decrease its size by about 22mm) or use fewer but longer/wider planks in place.
You'll then be able to connect them easily without sharp edges or leaving a large gap across the corner - this is recommended if it's going to be used by children or pets, however, adults with smaller feet and treads may not find it necessary. When laying the flooring, it helps to allow a small gap between each plank - about 1/8" or 3mm will be fine for most people. Using laminate flooring can often give your home an entirely different feel, and you'll probably find yourself using unique spaces in your home more frequently if they are looking more attractive! When thinking of installing laminate flooring in the kitchen, make sure that there's plenty of room around all edges as well as at the back of worktop surfaces.
If you're fitting it upstairs then get a slightly thicker option as it may need extra protection from moisture and staining when used with machines such as washing machines and dishwashers - this is similar for bathrooms but also take extra care that the flooring is firmly secured to the underneath of the floor to avoid any leaks.
You may be refurbishing your home, moving into a new build property and building an extension and are looking out for the best option. At Watford Flooring, we are experts in laminate flooring installation in Watford and surrounding areas. We are one of the most trusted laminate flooring fitters in Watford. Why not speak to our friendly team now to get all your questions answered. If you need us to supply and install your laminate flooring or just provide labour, we are glad to assist. Call us or complete the contact form and a member of our team will get back to you promptly.