Hey guys! I’m back to share how I installed our new laminate flooring! If you missed the previous posts about my selection process, you can check them out HERE and HERE! You may remember the sneak peak I shared with you last week!
Yes, it’s laminate and it’s easy to install DIY style 🙂 We put this video together to show you guys just how easy it is!
Easy enough huh! And just for a little more detail here are a few step-by-step pics 🙂
The first step is to roll out the underlayment and cut it to size. I just used a box cutter and it sliced through it very easy. I didn’t measure, I just let the piece roll up against the wall and folded it where the floor meets the wall and cut there.
To start, I used a few scrap pieces of T-molding for a spacer between my tile and laminate. You don’t want to lay the t-mold until after the floor is set but you need to make sure there is enough space for it to fit. This also helped me to keep the first row of planks straight.
Work left to right making sure that the first row will have the grooves visible at the bottom and right side of each plank. Then, just lift the edge close to you up and slide the plank over the groove
There will be times that you need to tap the boards into place better. We found that a soft scrap piece of wood worked great! You just want to be careful not to break-off any of the grooves when you are tapping with the hammer so make sure you have a block in between the hammer and the laminate plank.
It’s really easy and a sure-fire fit to lay the next plank on top of the previous and mark. When you do this, make sure that you flip the board backwards and upside down so that you are cutting the right end off 🙂 In this picture you can see the the grooves on the plank that I am marking to cut are facing up instead of down. *Save the next scrap from this cut to be the first of the next row of that size. It makes staggering your joints easy 🙂
As I mentioned in the video, Armstrong suggests that you pattern the planks with a 5″ plank every other row. I’ve done that in the picture above and there should be another 5″ row next. Also, notice that our joints are staggered. This helps make the flooring look more natural and makes it stronger.
We did have a few weird cuts to make (around our stair well). To do this, we measured around the post, marked the measurements on the plank, and used a jigsaw to cut. Because this was a new construction, we were able to anticipate the flooring and installed our baseboards high enough up so the laminate and underlayment could slide underneath. We did have to use a jamb saw to cut the door jambs out. If we couldn’t raise the baseboards, I would have installed a quarter-round painted to match the baseboards – easy!
Tip: Now, this is not something suggested by Armstrong but, I’m not a huge fan of t-mold so in the living room, where the laminate touches the kitchen floor, we were able to skip the t-mold and use a sanded caulk that matched our grout. We used tile spacers between the tile and the laminate as we were installing it. We lucked out and the laminate was the same thickness of our tile 🙂 It wasn’t like that in other areas so we did use t-mold in those areas. Just a fun tip that you may be interested in!
Here are a few more house updates 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by!