What do I Need to Install Laminate Flooring?
Tips for installing laminate
Installing laminate flooring is very easy. However, it is very important to correctly prepare all materials and work steps. Below you will find detailed instructions for installing laminate, as well as a checklist to make your preparations easier.
There are three possibilities to install a laminate floor
- Quick installation, without glue.
- Installation with Clickguard or similar joint sealant. This protects the floor in the long term against the effect of moisture from above. However, it is not possible to remove the floor and reinstall it.
- Glued installation also provides long-lasting protection against moisture, although the work is more labor intensive and it is not possible to disassemble the floor for repositioning.
Before installing the laminate
Store packages for 48 hours in the same climatic conditions that they will be exposed to during installation.
An important requirement for the long-term laying and preservation of laminate flooring is that the ambient temperature is approximately 20 degrees Celsius, with a relative humidity of between 50 and 70 percent.
Subfloors must be absolutely smooth and capable of supporting the load, and be dry and clean.
In case of installation on a mineral subfloor, such as concrete, cement flooring, anhydrite-based cement or stone tiles, the humidity must first be measured.
The cement must under no circumstances exceed the following values with respect to residual moisture: Cement flooring: With underfloor heating, 1.8% CM; without underfloor heating, 2% CM. Anhydrite-based cement: With underfloor heating, 0.3% CM; without underfloor heating, 0.5% CM.
The following tools must be accessible at all times when installing laminate flooring:
Circular saw with interchangeable metal toothed blade, jigsaw with fine blade or hand saw
Angle to trim door frames
Carpenter’s meter and graphite pencil
Footstep cushioning base (on floors without sound insulation from footsteps)
Laminate flooring installation materials and accessories checklist
Accurate room size measurement data
Clickguard (one tube covers ten square meters of laminate flooring)
Leveling, transition and finishing profile
Vapor protection foil
Sound insulation of footsteps