Installing Laminate Flooring
Important Information before installing your laminate floor
You must inspect your flooring before fitting. Should you find any defects at all in the product please contact us straight away and DO NOT INSTALL THE FLOORING. Wooden Floor Shop Ltd cannot be held liable for any fitting costs or other costs arising fitting of incorrect or faulty goods.
Site conditions for Laminate flooring
It is the responsibility of the owner and fitter to determine if the site conditions such as sub-floor and humidity are acceptable for laminate floor installation. Humidity levels should be between 45% and 65% . Concrete Sub floors should have a moisture content of no more than 3.5 % and wooden sub-floors no more than 12%.
Sub-floors must be level before commencing installation. We recommend no more than 3mm over a 1m distance in any direction. This should be checked and measured before commencing installation. Uneven floors should be suitably levelled using levelling boards, plywood or self levelling products.
We will accept no liability for problems with the floor caused by incorrect job site conditions. If you are not sure about any of this, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Fitting Your Floor
Always read the manufacturers recommended installation guides before installation.
Laminate flooring is quick and easy to install and can be fitted into most areas of any home (with the exception of wet rooms).
Floating using an underlay is the best method as it can then be fitted over any type of sub-floor. It wont need any training or experience . Laminate flooring just clicks together without the need for any type of adhesive.
It is important to use the right kind of underlay. Onto a concrete sub-floor you must use underlay which has a damp proof membrane (normally foil backed underlay) and over a wooden sub-floor you can use the standard white laminate floor underlay.
Every plank will have a click system to join the boards together. All boards will just click together but different manufacturers methods can vary slightly. You must read the specific installation instructions that will come the boxes.
To allow for expansion of the floor you must leave a 10mm gap around the perimeter of the floor. To maintain the gap use the spacers provided in the laminate floor fitting kits which are sold separately. Once the floor has been installed you can hide the perimeter gap using beading (also known as scotia) or skirting that needs to be at least 12mm thick to allow for any shrinkage. The expansion gap also must be left at doors where the floor goes from one room into the next. Wood floor warehouse carry a large choice of door bars to match your floor.