Laminate Flooring Installation Tips & Tricks

  • Laminate flooring should be acclimated in a climate-controlled location for 48 hours before starting installation; ideally in the room where the flooring is going to be installed.
  • Ensure you make note of the correct direction to install the planks that is noted at the top of the laminate installation guide. Some products need to start at the top right hand corner of the room and be installed from the right to the left-hand side of the room and other products are required to be installed in the opposite direction. Please make note of which direction the product you have purchased is designed to be installed.
  • Account for some material wastage in your flooring material needs. We estimate the amount of material wasted to be 5%. Calculate your flooring needs by measuring your rooms dimensions and then add 5% to the surface area of the room. Use our simple flooring calculator to easily determine how much you need to buy for your project.
  • Ideally the laminate planks should be installed along the length of a room; this applies best to long and narrow rooms. To make a room appear larger, it may be preferable to lay down the floor planks parallel to the longest wall.
  • Mix and match planks from several different cartons to minimize any potential shade variation.
  • Inspect the laminate planks for color, finish and quality prior to installation.
  • Stagger the end seams of the planks by a minimum of 20 cm (8”) as this creates a more natural look to the finish flooring.
  • T-Moldings need to be installed every 10m (33ft) to allow the laminate floor to expand and contract with the normal variation in relative humidity inside the home. It is also highly recommended to install a T-Molding in every doorway.
  • Laminate flooring can be installed in kitchens but caution should be taken to wipe up any excess water or spills immediately.
  • Laminate flooring is not recommended for bathrooms as the humidity and water in the environment is not ideal for laminate.
  • Laminate flooring can be installed over concrete floors provided the concrete is fully set and has been cured for 60 – 90 days. As well, a moisture barrier must be used on top of the concrete floor before installing the laminate.
  • It is necessary to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room and fixed objects to allow for the natural expansion and contraction of the flooring with fluctuations in seasonal temperatures. For laminate flooring please follows the following guidelines
    • For rooms 7.6m (25ft ) long/wide or less, leave 10 mm (3/8”)
    • For rooms greater than 7.6m (25ft), leave 15 mm (5/8”)
  • Laminate flooring can be installed over radiant heating but please ensure you refer to the installation guide for specific instructions on how to install