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Make sure you purchase the Laminate Floor Installation Kit that consists of a plastic
Making sure the first row is perfectly straight is absolutely critical. Don't be afraid of it not being perfectly parallel with the wall. Anyone who has spent even a little time installing floors knows that there is no such thing as a straight wall. But I digress... If your first row is not perfectly straight, the effects will show up on every subsequent row with misfitting planks, gaps, etc.
If the tile you are covering is installed on a concrete slab, do yourself a favor and test for moisture evaporation from the floor. This is very important when selecting a proper vapor barrier to be placed under your new laminate. To do so, tape a 24" x 24" piece of clear plastic to the tile floor and watch it for a few days. If condensation forms under the plastic, you have a moisture vapor intrusion problem that must be addressed before installing your floor. To ignore the problem will result in your new floor buckling, delaminating, etc., as the moisture tries to escape.
Nearly ever laminate floor I have seen looks pretty nasty after just a few years...and these were installed by pros on virgin "substrate". As mentioned above laminates float and are not bound to
What room is this? living room or bedroom? Kitchen. If this is for a kitchen or any area that have potential for moisture exposure...tile would be the better choice hands down. Laminate are only water resistant on the top "plastic" layer the seams and the back are often made from MDF and this swells when exposed to water...often never to return to its original thickness...this swelling is the primary cause of failure.
On a final note ...when a laminate floor starts to fail or look nasty there is no "fix" available. A real hardwood floor can be re-surfaced / sand and provide 100 years + of service life if maintained well....when the laminates life is up...in 3 to 5 years its landfill fodder...laminates can not be recycled composted etc like real wood.