Laminate flooring is relatively inexpensive, mimics the look of real hardwood floors and is easy to care for. These floors are considered to be floating floors, which means that they are not fastened down with nails or glue like typical hardwood floors, so they can be installed on top of just about any type of existing flooring, including ceramic tile.
Clean the existing tile floor with a floor cleaner and let it dry thoroughly. Roll out the subflooring across the room and cut it to fit with a box cutter or other type of sharp blade. Do not overlap the flooring. Use subflooring tape to tape the seams together. Subflooring not only provides cushioning to the floor, but will keep the floor from making creaking noises when walked on.
Measure from the centre point of the room to the wall to determine a starting point. Leave a 1/4-inch gap so that the new flooring can expand and contract. The gap will be covered by the quarter-round trim later.
Measure and mark any flooring that must be cut with a pencil. When cutting the floor planks with the power saw, turn them upside down to help prevent them from splinting.
Continue to lay the rows of flooring using the hammer and tapping block to lock the pieces together. When you reach the wall, place a 1/4-inch spacer between the wall and the flooring. When placing the last row of flooring, use a pull bar to fit it into the space.
Measure each baseboard in the room to determine the size of quarter-round trim needed for each wall. Cut the pieces with the saw. Nail the quarter-round trim along the wall's edge with a nail gun to cover the 1/4-inch gap between the flooring and the wall.
Inspect each plank of flooring before installing it. Boxes of flooring typically include flawed planks due to shipping and handling. Make sure you have enough good pieces to complete your project before you begin.
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- Inspect each plank of flooring before installing it. Boxes of flooring typically include flawed planks due to shipping and handling. Make sure you have enough good pieces to complete your project before you begin.