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Tips on Installing Laminate Flooring

If you are looking for a durable alternative to carpet, wood or vinyl flooring then laminate flooring can be a fantastic choice. With hundreds of different floor laminates designed to look exactly like timber or other floor materials you will be sure to find a type of laminate that suits your home.

A set of installation instructions should come with your set of floor laminates. This is important reading because floor laminates can vary slightly between manufacturers and you will want to make sure that you stick close to any specific instructions or tips they set down for their product.

With that said, there are a few dos and doníts that applies to almost all types of laminate flooring. Here are some of them:

- Fully investigate the style and type of laminate flooring that you are intending to install. Make sure you fully understand what is required to install them and that you feel comfortable that you are capable of carrying out the required tasks.

- Your floors should be level and flat, and any dips or bumps in your floors need to be filled in or flatten before you place down the floor laminates.

- The laminate flooring should be placed on floors that move or shift under foot. These spots on your floor will need to be repaired before you lay down the flooring on top.

- Measure your room first. You need to make sure that you will have enough and the right lengths and widths of laminates before you begin. The instructions from the manufacturer will help you will this and will tell you how you need to cut any laminates to fit the length and breadth of your room.

- Measure twice. Before you cut any boards make sure you have at least measured it twice. Use a pencil to mark on the underside the correct length and double check this before your start to cut. This way you wonít quickly run out of boards because you end up making too many mistakes.

- Check your measurements. Are you seeing a pattern? Donít assume that you have measured correctly the first time. Double and triple check all your measurements.

- When cutting the laminates be sure to do outside or in an area which has good ventilation, and make sure you wear a breathing mask. The cutting of laminate flooring board can create a lot of find dust that can cause respiratory problems.

- Leave the laminate board inside the room for a few days. As they can expand or contract with the temperature and humidity this will allow them to acclimatize to the particular room and stop them shifting as much when they are laid down.

- Because of this expanding and contradicting phenomena it is important that you leave ½ inch gap between the walls and any obstacles like stairs or door frames. This will allow the flooring to expand or contract as needed as the seasons and temperature change.

These are just a few quick tips to help you learn more about installing laminate flooring. Be sure to check the manufacturerís instructions to learn more.
About Author Linda Federer :

You can find more advice on installing laminate flooring at The Flooring Guide (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). You can find articles on floor installation as well as what is the best laminate floor cleaner to use is.

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Article Added on Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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A Quick Guide to Installing Laminate Flooring
There is a large array of flooring material available for your home such as wood, carpet or vinyl flooring. One choice of material you may not have thought about is laminate flooring which can be a great looking and durable alternative to other flooring types. There is a vast range of floor laminates that have been made to look like authentic wood flooring or other types of floor materials. This means you are sure to find a floor laminate that fit in with the style and feel of your...

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