• Caitlyn McConnell

Tools Installers Use- Laminate

Updated: Jul 9, 2018

In this edition of Tools Installers Use, we will be discussing Laminate flooring installations. See this chart below for a list of tools you might see during your installation.

Laminate flooring is generally installed using the “floating” method, without nails or glue. Similar to the floating method outlined in the last article, the flooring “clicks” together with tongue and groove pieces. As always, the subfloor must be prepared and underlayment is advised as a moisture barrier and protect layer. Different subfloors (i.e. wood or concrete) must be under specific moisture levels and meet other requirements before the flooring can be installed. Once ready, the first laminate planks are generally placed beginning at the wall with door depending on it’s size. The flooring must be cut to fit around corners and the doors of the room. Gaps are left between the flooring and the wall to allow the material to expand; however, installers ensure that there are no gaps between the seam to avoid any water damage in the future. The planks are installed in different sizes and positions to create a natural look in the flooring. Although the “floating” method is commonly used, Laminate may also be glued down with the aid of a trowel held at a specific angle to spread the adhesive evenly.

You installer understands best which method to use for your flooring, adhering to the manufacturers recommendation and considering several other factors such as, the type of material, environment, and subfloor type. This article is to inform you of the tools you might be seeing during your installation. Installation methods can vary, so please speak with your installer if you have any further questions. Our installers here at Emerald Installation are here to help you with your next project!

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