When it comes to installing laminate flooring you first have to decide what type you want to install. No longer are you restricted to laying the kind that looks like different types of wood today it copies other forms. If you want you could have laminate flooring that looks very similar to brick, ceramic tiles or even slate if you wish.
Once you have decided on the style of laminate flooring you want for a particular room, say slate for the kitchen or wood for the dining room. Then you need to start preparing the floor on to which the new flooring is going to be laid.
First off you need to make the surface on to which you are installing laminate flooring is flat. If you are laying yours on to a floor made of concrete you will need to sand down any high spots and fill in any low ones. Then the floor will need to be cleaned thoroughly to make sure that any of the filling compound, adhesive from previous flooring and other types of debris has been removed.
Once the floor is ready you must make sure that you remove all trim from around the room including the based board and any doors that lead to and from it. This is important as after laying the laminate flooring you will then need to install quarter round molding. The molding is what helps to disguise the expansion zone for the laminate flooring around the edge of the room.
After you have removed all trims and doors you now need to lay the appropriate kind of material as the laminate flooring underlay. However, be aware that in some cases today the laminate flooring you choose to install may come with the underlay attached. But if it does not then use the type recommended by the manufacturers of the laminate flooring you have chosen to install. The whole aim of the underlay is not only to provide cushioning to the flooring laid but also help reduce the amount of noise created as the floor is walked on.
If as you are laying the flooring you notice that the drywall of the room doesn’t meet with it any particular point then you need to create a solid wall surface. To do this you apply a facing strip of 6mm (1/4”) plywood to the stud measuring between 5 to 7 cm (2 to 3”) wide.