Installing laminate floors eliminates the need to nail or glue your floor in place. It is also a very attractive, low cost and long lasting flooring option.|
When installing laminate floors always adhere to all manufacturer installation and application instructions.
Installing laminate floors can be done above, below or on grade. Installing laminate floors can be used in any room in the house and in most commercial areas as long as they are flat and in solid condition. Installing laminate floors can be done over concrete, wood, ceramic tile and even your existing linoleum floor.
Even though laminate floors can be installed in any room in the house, they should not be installed in garages or on outside porches. The biggest reason for this is moisture. Moisture and laminate floors do not mix. Just because your laminate floors are resistant to moisture and water does not mean they are unaffected by them. With this in mind, special precautions should be used when installing laminate floors in some areas such as bathrooms with showers or mudrooms.
When installing laminate floors you should use a vapor barrier. Some low-density poly's used as vapor barrier Installing laminate floors planks and using subfloor membrane as a moisture/vapor barrier eliminate concerns about moisture in basements. The best moisture barrier, when installing laminate floors, is 24 mil high-density polyethylene or subfloor membrane. Just some of the reasons are:
- Permanent Moisture protection
- Creates a drainage path for moisture
- Increases the life of your laminate floors
- Fast and easy to install
- Makes floors softer to walk on
- Environmentally friendly
- Prevents surface condensation
- Lifts floor temperature so it becomes room temperature as
opposed to concrete slab temperature
All manufacturers have specific requirements for their products in regards to installing laminate floors, so you should check with your manufacturer before installing the floor.
Once you have finished installing your laminate floors you can walk on them immediately. However, some manufactures suggest waiting 12 to 24 hours before you using them.