Quick-Step produces laminate flooring designed to mimic the colour and grain of true hardwood. It consists of a composite base topped with a printed finish and a protective urethane coating. This glueless laminate is designed to float over the subfloor without nails or glue, providing a simple installation for novice DIYers.
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Things you need
- Levelling compound
- Utility knife
- Circular saw
- Safety glasses
- Plastic spacers
- Tapping block
- Pry bar
- Moulding or base boards
Place a piece of Quick-Step laminate next to your door jambs. Use a hacksaw to cut the jambs so the laminate flooring can fit snugly underneath, if necessary.
Vacuum your subfloor to remove dirt and dust, then use a levelling compound to even out the subfloor surface. Apply this material using a trowel, then wait for the floor to dry before continuing with installation.
Install underlayment over the entire floor surface. Butt the sheets together without overlapping, allowing each section to travel up the base of the wall about an inch. Cut the underlayment as needed using a sharp utility knife.
Cut the tongue connector off the edge of a piece of Quick-Step laminate. Place this piece (with the cut edge facing the wall) along the longest wall in the room to start your installation. Insert a plastic spacer between the wall and the laminate to create an expansion joint. Repeat this process to complete the first row of flooring.
Hold a new piece of Quick-Step laminate at a 20 degree to 30 degree angle to the first. Line up the tongue and groove connectors and press the laminate flat to the floor so the two rows connect. If the boards do not fit together tightly, place a tapping block along the free edge of the laminate. Use your rubber mallet to gently tap the block and fit the flooring together.
Cut your Quick-Step laminate as needed, using a saw. Keep the boards face up when using a jigsaw or circular saw, or face down when cutting with a hand or table saw.
Stagger the joints along each row to give your floor a more professional and stable finish. Start each row with a different length of material to achieve this staggered effect.
Use a pull bar to fit your last row of flooring tightly into place. Remove all spacers and install trim or moulding around the edge of the room to cover the extra inch of underlayment at the base of the wall. Trim any excess underlayment that sticks up above the top of the trim using your utility knife.
Tips and warnings
- Always wear safety glasses and take care when cutting wood.
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