If you can follow instructions, pay attention to detail, and find someone to help; you can install laminate flooring. It can be very tricky, but you’ll be proud of your laminate flooring for years to come.
The first step is proper measurement. Grab a tape measure and measure your space precisely. Find a helper that can carry boxes, prepare planks and help with cutting. Each box of flooring is like gold. Accidentally damaging the locking system could make the planks useless.
Read the installation instructions carefully. This information will outline the necessary tools, proper underlayment, moldings, transitions, and glue that needed.
Before installing your laminate floor, ensure the subfloor is dry and level and in good shape. Make sure any loose debris or dirt is removed before the foam underlayment is installed. Remember to read the manufacturers instructions.
Clear a separate area to make your cuts. You’ll be using a saw, so somewhere outside or in the garage is good for this. The installation process is not complicated. It just requires time and patience.
YouTube is a great resource for tutorial videos. Be informed before you dive right into installing your laminate flooring. It will refresh and brighten your room in ways you never imagined.
Preventing harmful UV rays from entering your home minimizes the damage it can do to your floors. Sun rays can damage to your hardwood, cork, bamboo, and linoleum floors. Here are some ideas for protecting your floors to keep them looking better longer.
One of the most effective ways to safeguard your flooring is by applying solar films to windows. Curtains, shutters, awnings, and blinds can effectively keep sunlight out, but will also impede your view. Solar films can block up to 99.9% of harmful sun rays without blocking your view.
Some floors can be partially protected by applying special coatings to them. They can make a significant difference in reducing the impact of harmful sunlight if regularly applied
Rugs are a great way to add style, color and texture to a room while protecting your floors at the same time. Remember to rearrange your rugs regularly to prevent your floors from fading in certain areas.
New flooring is a great home improvement project that makes the whole house feel better. And if you’re thinking of DIY flooring installation, you’ll save about half what it would cost to hire a professional.
Know your subfloor. In most cases it’s either wood or concrete — each has dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing the right flooring. If installation guidelines aren’t included, look for them on the manufacturer’s website. Also search YouTube on the subject to get familiar with the process. Buy the proper tools or rent them from your local rent-it shop. Ask the staff how they should be properly operated.
Some flooring installations are designed for a DIY. Here’s a quick rundown on skill levels needed for various flooring installation projects.
For the easiest install, DIYers should go with the floating floor. Engineered wood flooring is available as a glue-down, nail-down, and floating floor system with snap-together edges.
A laminate floor with a floating system is very DIY-friendly. You’ll need some skill and patience to meander doorways.
A rented flooring nail gun makes nailing down hardwood flooring easier once you get the hang of it. Your biggest challenge is dealing with warped boards to keep rows straight.
Ceramic tile flooring installation requires moderate to high levels of skill. Laying out the design and understanding how to start off a ceramic tile floor installation are keys to success, especially when it comes to notching tile around obstacles.
If this is your first time refinishing floors, you’re probably better off hiring a professional. Not only will your floors look better and last longer, but they will be finished much faster if you hire a professional. You’ll also want to consider the value of your time vs the small amount of savings you’ll gain by doing this yourself. If you’re looking to save money you may be able to do that by moving the furniture, ripping up the carpet/staples yourself, and buying the polyurethane and stain yourself (try Walmart or Amazon).
There are some real risks and downsides if you attempt to refinish your own floors. Most novices sand the floors too deep and therefore shorten the life of their hardwood floors. Skilled professionals know how to avoid this. If you sand unevenly, you can create divots and dips in the floor, and these can be permanent. Even if you hire a professional later, the weight from the machine will follow the profile of the floor. Pine and/or older or softer wood floors are more susceptible to sloppy sandings, so be extra careful if your home was built before the 1920s.
Regardless, be sure to throw away all the materials safely. Keep bags of saw dust containing chemicals least 12 ft away from the house. The sawdust can spontaneously catch fire, especially in hot weather.
People can be intimidated into thinking that dark hardwood floors aren’t a good choice, settling for something easier to maintain, especially with a young family and dog. There was (and is) some logic to this. While beautiful, these floors are high maintenance. They have to be vacuumed at least once a day because -as predicted- every speck of dirt, dust, and dog hair shows. Other materials and colors are more inexpensive and durable. Dark hardwood is more commonly installed in bedrooms to avoid surface scratches.
The distressed tones for these hardwood floors can go a long way in achieving that rustic feel that any home would love to have. However, one of the problems with dark-colored hardwood floors is that the stains would always be visible. This can’t be completely fixed. Dark tones on hardwood will be very reflective so a satin or matte finish is used to control the amount of light that will be reflected. These commercially available finishes will reduce the reflections to a noticeable extend. If you love dark tones in hardwood floors, weekly attention to detail is the price you pay to keep you house as beautiful as possible.