Tips For Installing Laminate Flooring Over Concrete

Want to install laminate flooring in your home? If so, you may be looking to attempt the installation on your own. Here are some tips that will help you with installing your own laminate flooring.

Look For Low Spots

A laminate floor works best when the floor is completely flat, but if you are installing laminate flooring over a cement subfloor, there may be places where it dips. It is a good idea to look for low spots in the flooring that can be corrected.

The easiest way to check for dips is to take a long plank of laminate flooring material and drag it vertically across the surface. Look for places where there is a dip underneath the board, which is a sign that the flooring is low. You'll want to use self-leveling cement to even these spots out, which will prevent the floor from pushing downward when you step on a low spot.

Install A Moisture Barrier And Padded Cushioning

While some laminate flooring material can float over an existing concrete floor, you can also install a moisture barrier and padded cushioning under the laminate material. As you may assume by the name, the moisture barrier helps prevent moisture from affecting the bottom side of the flooring material, which can potentially damage it. The padded cushioning layer will help the floor feel much more comfortable to walk on since the concrete has no give to it.

Give The Boards Some Room Around The Border

Your instinct may be to lay the first board of laminate flooring flush with a corner of the room. However, the material needs room to expand and contract with the weather. If you do not leave a gap around the border of the room, the flooring could end up buckling upward when it gets hot, which is not good for the material. You'll eventually cover this gap with a molding so nobody will see it.

Stagger The Boards By Cutting Them

The first row of flooring material will start with a full board being laid in place, but in order to create a staggered look to the flooring, you'll need to cut the first board of the second row in half. This will help stagger the seams between the boards so that they are not all perfectly lined up with each other, giving the flooring a nice aesthetic.

If you do not feel confident that you can handle a laminate floor installation on your own, reach out to a local flooring contractor that offers laminate installation services for assistance.