For those of you considering laying laminate flooring in your future I thought I would give you a few tips.
First of all here is a great tutorial on laying laminate.
I will go through the instructions using the above tutorial as my guide and add my two cents along the way.
I would add to #2.Using a box cutter cut all the old caulking around your base moulding. Using a pry bar and hammer, carefully remove all base molding. This is not fun. But be very careful and take your time. You want to keep it in as good of condition as you can.
#2 I would recommend trying to find laminate with the underlayment attached. It makes less work. It cost us $100 extra but it was worth it to me.
#4 I did not do this but rather took off all the door mouldings. I wish I would have read this first! I highly recommend getting an electric flush mount saw to do that. Doing it by hand is a lot of hard work.
#5 Spacers are not necessary in my opinion just leave a little wiggle room.
#6 They say to use another piece of laminate to tap it flat. We actually have this tool and think it is great because of the handle.
You will need a tape measure, utility knife, chop saw (optional), circular saw, jigsaw, laminate tap tap (official name is a tapping block), pencil, rubber mallet, pry bar, hammer and pliers to remove molding, drill and bit to install transition pieces, paint brush, and paint to touch up, and caulking.
If your house has a basement installing the moulding pieces are easy because you are attaching it to a wooden subfloor. However, if you are on a concrete slab like we are you will have to replace the transition screws with concrete screws. Warning — you will go through a lot of concrete bits so buy 2-3 of them to be safe.
We had ALOT of transition pieces. In fact the laminate itself was only $697. We spent $200 in transition pieces!!!
After you are all done you will also need a nail gun (to make your life easier) to nail all the moudling back in place. Now is the time to repaint that moulding or at the bare minimum take a Magic Eraser to it to make it shine again. Then caulk all the moulding and touch up paint them. It is not a quick process but well worth clean fresh moulding.
Install Time: 20 hours
Re-nailing all moulding: 2.5 hours
Repainting time: 2 hours
Caulking: One hour
Shall we visit one more before and after picture just for good measure?
Simply beautiful. We put in laminate when we bought our HUD home 5 years back. I've loved it. It's not nearly as gorgeous as yours, and since my husband and BIL did it, it didn't end out as nice as I'd hoped in spots around door frames, etc. but all in all we love it. So much better than carpet – especially in those high traffic areas.
Totally changed the look of the room. Great job!
I can't get over how amazing this looks! i've been wanting to get rid of the carpet in the bedrooms of my home and you are inspiring me to put down some laminate!
thank you, thank you thank you, We have been talking about this for ages and DH said that he just didn't know how to do it!!! ha ha ha yours is so beautiful that it makes me jealous!!! i'm next!!!
I'm so impressed by your DIY nature, unafraid by powertools!! Being a new homeowner I'm excited to start some remodels…any experience removing popcorn ceilings?!
Thanks for the blogger settings tip. I've included you on my blog, nominating you for a Sunshine Award! Hope you have a sunny day. 🙂
I love the look of your floors now! DH and I have bought laminate and it's sitting in the storage room off the garage waiting for the far-off day we have the house rewired and paneling removed. The suspense is killing me!
We are installing laminate flooring in our kitchen. Is there any reason why we can’t install the laminate under our new kitchen cabinets?