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Spokane Laminate Floor Companies

Laminate flooring is taking the place of tile, vinyl and hardwood in many of today's custom homes and remodels. Laminate flooring is usually cheaper, lasts longer and is easier to install that some of the older flooring materials. If you need an experienced laminate floor installer to install your new floors, or you would like bids for flooring, please contact the floor installation companies below.

Guy's Tile & Laminate
Newman Lake, Washington 99025

Precision Tile & Laminate
Spokane, Washington 99216

Laminate Flooring Installation Guide

Installing laminate flooring isn't very hard, but steps do need to be taken to make sure it's done right. The installation process will wind up wasting some of the flooring, so make sure to order 10% more flooring than you really need. Then, upon the arrival of the laminate flooring, ensure that you unwrap it and leave it in the room for at least three days before the install. By letting the flooring get used to the rooms, it will adjust to the humidity and temperature. If you don't allow the flooring to acclimate to the temp and humidity it will shrink and expand, contributing to ruining the floor.

Make sure that you clean the sub-floor before you begin the laminate flooring installation. The sub-floor needs to be clean, so that the new floor will lay flat. Ensure that anything attached to the walls is up high enough so that the new laminate flooring can slide underneath it, and if you need to, remove anything you have to. If you are laying the laminate flooring over a concrete type sub-floor, this concrete needs to be cured before you even bring in the planks to acclimate themselves.

Once the sub-floor is clean, and before you begin the laminate floor installation, install a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier will protect the flooring from sudden changed in moisture, and is especially important in homes with damp crawl spaces. You'll need to consult the manufacturer's installation technique for the most proper method of installation, but most vapor barriers overlap or butt right up to each other.

If your door jambs have molding attached to them, be sure to trim the jams so that your new flooring will slide right underneath it. Place the manufacturer's suggested width of spacers against your starting wall, and lay your first row of laminate with the grooved side against the spacers. The spacers allow the floor to expand and contract, and will be covered by molding when finished.

Now you'll want to install the rest of the laminate, row by row, ensuring that each flooring groove is tapped snugly to the tongue of each preceding piece. Also, ensure that the ends of each piece of laminate is offset 6 to 8 inches from the neighboring piece. As soon as you are done with the project, make sure to install door thresholds and baseboard molding to finish the job right.