Tips for laying laminate

A laminate floor gives your rooms a new ambience. Laying this flooring requires no special craftsmanship. There are a few important things to keep in mind and you're ready to go.

Durable flooring

Laminate is a cost-effective alternative to parquet. It consists of MDF boards as a carrier layer and the decorative layer, the surface sealing is usually done with melanin resin. By compressing the various layers under high temperatures, laminate becomes particularly hard-wearing. It is non-slip and impact-resistant, impact-resistant, light and heat-resistant, easy-care, flame retardant, low in price and is also suitable for underfloor heating. High-quality laminate is available in a variety of surface textures and has a lifelike wood grain. The floor covering is not abradable, requires a footfall sound insulation and is only partially suitable for the wet area.

  • laminate
  • leveling Compound
  • glue
  • sound insulation
  • Miter Saw
  • tapping block
  • crowbar
  • Chalk line
  • foxtail
  • hammer
  • jigsaw
  • spatula
  • strap
  • corner

Before laminate is laid, it needs to acclimatize for at least 48 hours. It is best to store the material at a temperature of at least 18 degrees and a humidity of 70%.

Preparation of the underground

Laminate requires a clean, dry and solid surface for installation. The floor must be level and must not have residual moisture. Use a string and a straightedge to check the floor for any bumps. Deviations of more than 3 mm compensate with a smoothing putty, then the substrate must dry out completely. Then it goes to the laying of the subfloor and the impact sound insulation. This is cut in the longitudinal direction of the laminate, which ideally runs parallel to the light. Let the strips overlap about 20 cm and glue the seams together. The impact sound insulation is a layer of felt, PE foam film or cork, which is laid directly under the parquet.

Laying the panels

Use a saw to remove the longitudinal springs of the first laminate series. It's best to start in the left corner of the room and attach the cut side to the wall. The panels are first tapped lengthwise, then crosswise. It is important to consider the wall distance, the last piece has to be cut. The distance between pillars and walls should be 10 to 15 mm, for the expansion joint use spacers. Using a pull bar, pull the panels that are adjacent to the wall to the already laid surface. Cutting the length to the wall becomes easy when measuring on the surface you are already laying.

Tips & Tricks

Before laying the floor, the laminate must have room temperature.
Laminate works, therefore, keep a necessarily large wall distance.
The cutting of the material is done with the table saw, who has no hand, uses a jigsaw.

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