Installing Your Own Laminate Hardwood Flooring
Last October I repainted our family room and after completing that job the old rugs just looked just that, old and dingy. And they were. Ten years is a long time for a carpet, especially in a high-traffic area such as our family room. New technology has made having the look of hardwood floors not only affordable for homeowners, but practical and easy to install. Now don’t get me wrong, it took my husband and I about 9 hours to complete a room 13×19. I suppose it could have been done quicker, but we had to take some breaks!
The first thing you need to do is shop around for a good price. We went to Home Depot, Lowes and B.J. carpets to name a few. My husband is relentless when it comes to price & quality and so that part did take us awhile. We finally settled on a place called Hillman Flooring Company. The prices at this spot were convincing enough considering the quality and the customer service assistance we had with them, the staff was very knowledgeable in helping us figure square footage, what kind of trim we needed and the quality of the products. We couldn’t have gotten that kind of attention at another store.
Once we decided on our floor and determined how much we needed, we were also made aware of the fact that we needed to purchase moisture barrier which is basically a special plastic under-flooring that is placed under the laminate. This is required for floors that are being built over concrete or in our case, a crawl space.
Floating Laminates come in three thicknesses: 6mm, 7mm and 8mm. The higher the number, the thicker the wood portion of the floor, hence better quality. Additionally, some laminates come with a foam backing already attached, some do not. The foam backing also helps as a moisture barrier but cannot replace the moisture barrier sheet.
Trim for doorways/thresholds must also be purchased. All quarter-round on baseboards needs to be removed and then replaced after the floor is in. We took all of our baseboards off when I painted the room, knowing that we were going to buy new, higher (7″) to give the room a more custom, high-end look.
Working together, we made sure the sub-floor was clean of all staples from previous carpeting, dirt and or splinters. Starting on one side, we laid a “row” of moisture barrier followed by a strip of flooring. Each piece is locked into the next and the only tool needed is a hammer. We also utilized a block to put between the floor and hammer in order to protect the floors edges. They can split if banged/smashed too hard with the hammer.
All in all it went well. We were not taxed mentally and had only minor back pain in the end! The look of the end result made it all worth it though. Clean, non-slip and easy to clean. Now that is some quality flooring!
We may have had chosen to let the flooring company do the installation for us but my husband and I were really eager to see how it would be like to accomplish something like this for our home. But we recommend this company that initially helped us:
Hillman Flooring & Design
201 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Sugar Hill, GA 30518