Installing laminate flooring is not as hard as one would imagine. To define a laminate floor, it’s basically a “floating floor” which expressly means the floor is not directly fastened to the underlying subfloor. This laminate floor can be installed over any other tightly bonded type of flooring, which in turn makes it quite ideal for retrofits. At LaminateFlooring.my, the laminate flooring installation methods we undertake are:
(i)Tongue & Groove Laminate Flooring
In this installation method, the tongue is the side that is placed against the wall when commencing on your laminate-flooring installation. Mixing up the tongue and groove means it will be difficult to complete the installation since the flooring might end up being backwards. Installation ideally begins on the left side of the wall with the tongue on the longer side of the plank that faces the wall.
The tongue against the wall is then removed by means of a utility knife or a saw, taking care to work from left to right in order to avoid any damage to the tongues. Before installation can commence, we ensure all the planks are oriented in the same direction with the tongues.
(ii)Click Lock Laminate Flooring
Click lock laminates are installed through the floating method and without the use of any glue. One common factor with varieties of the clock all click method is that they have a mechanized system which is milled into the boards. This system is the one that ensures the floor stays in place once it’s connected to the tongue and groove structure.
(iii)Floating & Glueless Laminate Flooring
This is an easy to install method, a key advantage when it comes to laminate flooring. The flooring is not secured to the subfloor when using the floating and glueless method. Rather, this method allows each building board to be seamlessly connected through a tongue-and-groove design. At roughly four feet and eight inches long, these planks will firmly click together and form a sturdy fastened surface.
The glueless flooring planks are not only easier to install, but the installation process is roughly 50% faster when compared to other traditional methods.
(iv)Lock & Fold Laminate Flooring
This basically means there’s no glue, staples or nails. In this method, the boards are locked together so they fold in place. The entire floor then “floats” above the subfloor as it contracts or expands in line with the natural humidity and temperature changes in your home after the boards have been installed.
When compared to standard glue-down installation, this method is 30% faster. Further, it allows the laminate to be installed over existing floors without needing to pull up the old flooring as long as the subfloor is clean, dry and structurally sound.
(v)Pre-attached Underlayment Laminate Flooring
Underlayment refers to the material placed under the laminate flooring in order to provide an even, smooth surface for installation. The underlayment is offered either as large rolls, or as separate pieces which can easily be taped together. Its function is to speed up the installation, enhance the floor’s stability, and reduce walking noise as well as provide quality support. It also plays the role of a moisture barrier when set between the laminate boards and the subfloor.