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How to Install Laminate Flooring

By: Danny Lipford

Installing laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring is a popular DIY option for homes. It mimics the look of more expensive flooring like hardwood with less expense and easier installation. To install a laminate floor:

  1. If you’re laying the floor directly on concrete, start by laying down a plastic vapor barrier to prevent moisture from ruining the floor over time.
  2. Spray adhesive is used to hold the plastic in place during installation.
  3. Lock the tongue and groove joints on each piece of laminate flooring together so the tongue on the new piece locks into the groove of the existing piece.
  4. Work from side to side and cut end pieces to fit the wall as needed.
  5. Since a laminate floor is a floating floor that expands and contracts with changes in temperature, it’s important to leave a 1/4″ gap between the floor and the wall which will later be covered by molding.

Laminate flooring costs around $4 a square foot; but since it’s so DIY friendly, there’s no installation cost which can be over half of other floor projects.

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  • fay cox Says:
    December 1st, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    We are having trouble with planks locking together will lock then come out

  • sam Says:
    November 28th, 2018 at 5:38 am

    hi was wanting to know what about, the Life Proof Herringbone Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring can it be put in the same way in a main floor bed room . the floor under carpet is concrete?

  • mick Says:
    July 23rd, 2017 at 9:06 am

    while putting down the moisture barrier is it acceptable to glue the outline of the barrier and tape the seams? Does it matter what kind of tape? Also, wandering if it can be layed over tile flooring installed in 1960?

  • Arbab Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 12:51 am

    1st of all i wd like to say thanks to u. Sir how shd i get the “Laminate Flooring” while me belongs to Pakistan ? plz give me detail rply..

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Hi Tina,
    Tile is still your best bet has far as the most durable flooring material. Be sure to seal the grout, once it’s cured, to prevent stains.

  • Tina Shelton Says:
    February 4th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I have a renter house and I have tile on the kitchen floor. The tile was installed in 1960 and it still looks good as far as shap but it is out of style and I want to put in something that will hold up to renters. The house is on a crawl space. What would you do?



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How to Install Laminate Flooring