5 Common Mistakes When Installing Laminate Floors

5 Common Mistakes When Installing Laminate Floors

If the laminate is professionally installed, it will last for years and decades. But practice shows that there are many mistakes made by those who are not sufficiently familiar with the technology of work. We draw attention to the most common and suggest ways to avoid them.

1. Little material purchased

The choice of laminate flooring in specialized stores is huge. All new collections are brought to the judgment of consumers, and the old ones are removed from production. Therefore, it is important to immediately buy or order the required amount of material. Most of those who decide to save money and buy material end-to-end will have to face forced pauses in the repair. Not to mention the fact that the selected collection of the same production batch may not be available in the store, and the other will be slightly different in color.

How to avoid

Pre-measure the room where the new flooring is to be laid. Add 10% to the resulting square meters to hedge against an emergency. In a room with many different recesses, niches, corners, with columns and other design features, the stock of slats should be slightly more – 15%. Do not be afraid to buy too much, the remnants of the laminate may come in handy later when, due to large damage, one or more planks have to be replaced.

2. Planks were not allowed to acclimatize

A significant part of the laminate planks is made from shredded wood. And this natural material under the influence of various external factors (humidity and temperature) can swell or, conversely, shrink. The finished floor covering can warp due to the expansion of initially dry planks or unaesthetic gaps will appear between individual elements that had high humidity.

How to avoid

Before laying, the laminate should be kept in the room where it will be laid for at least two days. This time is enough for the material to acclimatize and adapt to the microclimate of the room.

3. There is no waterproofing

Laminate planks are more resistant to water and moisture than wood flooring. But this useful property “works” only when water “enters” from above. On the back side, the laminate planks are not prepared for constant exposure to moisture.

How to avoid

Before laying the floor covering on the base of the floor, especially mineral, it is imperative to spread the canvases of the waterproofing film. After all, concrete screeds, both freshly poured and old, are not completely dry. Moreover, they are able to absorb and release moisture into the environment. And it is the waterproofing film that ensures that this dangerous substance does not get to the laminate. Otherwise, the material will absorb it, an unpleasant odor and mold will appear, which will negatively affect the well-being of the inhabitants of the apartment and lead to premature destruction of the coating.

By the way, if you put the canvases of the waterproofing film on the walls a few centimeters, then the skirting boards will also be protected from moisture.

4. There is no sound insulation

If you lay the laminate directly on a concrete screed, then walking on it with shoes, especially with hard soles or heels, will accompany the characteristic clattering sound. And although it does not cause any damage to the laminate, it significantly reduces the quality of life of households, and especially neighbors from the lower apartments.

How to avoid

A sound-insulating substrate 2-3 mm thick will help neutralize this effect, which is extremely important for residents of multi-storey buildings. It will actively damp the impact noise that occurs when moving along the floor, and slightly smooth out the unevenness of the base.

5. No compensation gap

Such mistakes are often found among home or novice craftsmen. Its effects are especially noticeable on floor coverings in large rooms.

How to avoid

As we have already said, laminate planks, consisting of wood, with fluctuations in temperature and humidity, periodically expand and contract. Therefore, they are laid in a “floating” way, without attaching to the base, and a small expansion gap around the perimeter of the room leaves the laminate room for minor movements.

Mistakes When Installing Laminate
Experts advise making the size of the compensation gap no more than 1 cm.

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