To make your laminate flooring look great now and for a long time to come, proper installation is critical. Here are some of the details to discuss with us:
Our sales professional will evaluate your floor and subfloor construction and will know whether to remove the existing flooring or install on top of it. If it’s removed, the installer knows how much preparation is needed for the subfloor—like use of a leveling compound.
Proper moisture testing of the subfloor is required so floors will not swell, buckle, or develop gaps later. Your sales professional will take moisture readings by performing a calcium chloride test to determine the amount of moisture emitted by your slab to determine the proper required underlayment. This test is placed directly to the slab and remains there for up to 72 hours. The Calcium Chloride test is required by most flooring brands for your warranty to be valid.
Some laminates require acclimation in your home, while others are made so that acclimation is not necessary. Your sales professional will advise you according to the brand of flooring you select.
Generally laminates that look like hardwoods should run parallel with the longest wall to create the appearance that the room is larger. Talk to your sales professional about what direction is right for your space. We offer lots of design options or if you can’t decide what direction to run it we can install on a diagonal.
To ensure a problem free installation here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives:
It’s also a good idea to check with us directly to find out if there are other actions we recommend before installation. Just call a member of our friendly sales staff.