Installing Your Laminate Flooring

We don’t offer a fitting service for our laminate flooring, so you’ll need to do it yourself or find someone locally who can do it for you.

If you decide fitting it yourself is the way to go, we’ve put together a helpful guide that’ll tell you what you need to do. We’d suggest giving it a good read before starting. There’s also lots of online videos available that explain things in more detail.

Before you start

Allow at least 48 hours from delivery of your laminate floor before fitting. This will give it time to acclimatise. Laminate flooring expands and contracts with temperature and moisture changes, so it needs to get used to the conditions of the room it’s being fitted in.

The right tools

You’ll need a measuring tape and a pencil plus a good selection of saws. Use chop saws for cutting the end of the boards, a circular saw for long, straight cuts and a jigsaw for cutting round pipes etc.

We’d always recommend using eye-goggles, gloves and kneepads for protection.

Prepare your surface

Having a level surface to fit laminate on is really important, so you don’t get an uneven finish. Sand out any bumps, hammer down nails any sticking up, or use a floor levelling compound if you need to. Sweep and vacuum to get rid of stray bits of dust and dirt.

Once this is done, install a good-quality underlay. Most surfaces will need one with a damp-proof membrane – if you’re putting your laminate down over underfloor-heating, choose an underlay that distributes heat evenly.

Fitting underlay is actually very simple. Just tape the pieces together and the tape it down to the floor. Check it’s secure and there’s no movement before laying the laminate on top.

Installing the laminate

Spread the laminate boards out over the floor with the grooved sides facing the walls. Beginning with the first row laid out, use a full-length board to start. The second row should start with 2/3 board, the third row with 1/3 board before going back to a full-length board for the fourth row.

Once you’ve got this pattern on your floor, use spacers to keep a gap of about 10mm between the laminate and the skirting boards or walls. Now fit the pieces together. Be sparing with the glue though, as too much creates a barrier between the edges.

When you’ve finished and everything’s dried, take out the spacers and add beading or new skirting boards to cover the gaps. All that’s left now is to admire your handiwork.

Important: always read the manufacturer’s fitting instructions and inspect your laminate thoroughly before installation. If you’re not happy with the condition of any of it, please get in touch as your warranty might not be valid once it’s installed.