How to Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is known for being a great project for homeowners that love to work on home improvement projects themselves. Therefore, if you are a person who can pay attention to detail, follow instructions, and find a buddy to help you; you will be able to install laminate flooring by yourself — well, almost by yourself. Everybody needs assistance when it comes to measuring properly and making proper cuts. The process of installing laminate flooring can be very tedious, but it can be done by the amateur.

The basic knowledge of how to use a tape measure, which includes laying it out and reading the numbers is required. If you do not know how to do this, simply round up a friend that has the knowledge on how to do this. It also helps to have a buddy around, as cartons of laminate flooring can be very heavy. It is of the utmost importance that you treat each carton like ?gold.? Nobody wants to find a broken carton, due to poor handling.

It also helps to read the handy, dandy installation guide that comes in your laminate flooring carton. In this information, you should find information regarding the necessary tools, proper underlayment, transitions, moldings, and glue that you may need before you even begin installing your laminate flooring. By being informed and educated, you really can install laminate flooring by yourself.

To start you will need basic tools and supplies:


  • • Measuring tape
  • • Pencil
  • • Goggles
  • • Jig saw to cut laminate(with upside down, medium teeth)
  • • Undercutting Saw to undercut door jambs (vibratory undercut saw)
  • • Installation Kit (optional)
  • • Spacers


  • • Laminate flooring
  • • Proper underlayment
  • • Moldings and transition pieces

One of the simplest, but easiest ways to get a good idea of how to lay your laminate flooring is to read the instruction. Many people never open the installation instructions that come with the product. Put yourself in an elite group, read instruction! You will not regret it!

Assuming you have chosen your floor already, open the boxes and allow them to come to room temperature by letting them adjust for at least 48 hours. The room temperature should be 60 degree minimum. When the boxes are stacked, cross stack them. This will eliminate any potential warping or bending of the laminate planks.

While your floor is acclimating, you must remove all the moldings, baseboards, or heat registers on the floor that would interfere with the installation. If you decided to keep your wall base intact, right after laminate floor installation simply cover the expansion gap with a quarter round molding.

If the room is currently carpeted, the carpet, underpad, tack strips, and tacks must be removed. Make sure the floor is all clear, and if any floorboards are loose- nail them in, so you don?t have to deal with squeaky floors.

Make sure the subfloor is dry, level and in good shape. Make sure any lose debris or dirt is removed before the foam underlayment is placed down. Again, read the manufacturers instructions.

When you are ready to lay your floor, determine which way you want your floor to go. Usually, the floor will look best when laid perpendicular from the windows- the light will shine on the length of the board and all the colors and patters will be noticeable. When you remove the planks from the boxes, analyze each one. Some planks may work better as starter pieces, while others work better everywhere. Should you find several unacceptable planks, return them to your supplier and see what can be done to assist you with your situation.

When you take the necessary steps to prepare for the installation of laminate flooring, you will be successful. Make sure you have a separate area to make your cuts. You will be using a saw, therefore; a location outside or in the garage works perfect for this. The installation process is not complex, just a process that requires time and patience. Your patience may be tested, but you can really install laminate flooring yourself.

Many companies also offer training videos. If you are a visual person, these videos are well worth your time. The ClassenMegaloc quick laying system is one of the most user friendly laminate flooring you will find in the marketplace today. The planks are locked and then you listen for a "click". Now, even you, the amateur, could listen for that click! There are no hammers or nails, just a simple lock and click system. You should follow all manufacturer’s directions. You will have warranty coverage as long as you follow manufacture’s instruction. So be sure to read all instruction provided by manufacturer before laying, as different laminate may require different techniques.

Become an informed consumer before you dive right into the installation of your laminate flooring. Your room will "wow" you, upon completion. Laminate flooring will refresh and brighten your room in ways you never imagined. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the many styles, patterns, and colors here at G&A Flooring LLC, as you will find a look for your home. Once your laminate flooring is installed you will be asking yourself, "Why did I not tackle this project sooner?" You will be proud of the fact that you did install laminate flooring by yourself — well, almost!