How To Install Laminate Flooring
In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll teach you how to install laminate flooring on concrete.
Step 1. Acclimate laminate flooring in room
Any time you install flooring, you definitely need to acclimate the unopened product in the room before installing for at least 48 hours.
Step 2. Remove old flooring & baseboards
To remove baseboards, simply cut the caulk line at the top with a utility knife and then use a crowbar to pry off the baseboard. Label them on the back if you plan to reuse them as you take them off.
Step 3. Ensure floor is level, clean, and no repairs are needed
If your subflooring has bumps or dips you’ll want to get rid of those before installing your laminate flooring. It’s important that the surface is nice and flat for the laminate to be installed.
Step 4. Install the first row of underlayment directly on top of concrete
Trim off the overlap on the first row of underlayment and roll it out in the same direction that you’ll be installing the laminate flooring. Be sure that the underlayment runs up the wall around 2 inches (you’ll trim the excess off later).
Step 5. Install first row of laminate flooring over concrete
After your first row of underlayment is down, you can start installing the laminate flooring over concrete.
Add spacers between the wall and the first row of the laminate so the gap equals roughly 3/8″.
Step 6. Continue working row by row installing laminate over underlayment
Step 7. Install last row of laminate flooring
The last row of your laminate floor will always take the longest. However, it’s just a combination of the steps above.
Step 8. Remove spacers & add baseboards
Once your entire floor is in, you’ll want to remove the spacers and add back your baseboards.
There ya have it – how to install laminate flooring on concrete – even if you’re a total beginner! We hope you enjoyed this guide that walks you through the whole process.
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- Laminate flooring
- Underlayment seam tape
- Flooring spacers
- Rubber mallet
- Tapping block
- Pull bar
- Miter saw
- Jig saw
- Use a laminate cutter in place of Miter Saw