1. Can I install Laminate Flooring myself DIY?
Laminate flooring can be easy to install. It is laid floating not glued using a simple click system, offering a gap free finish after installation. While it may be more cost–effective to install your own laminate flooring consider your time, skill level and warranty expectations before starting.
Check out Terra floorings tips for DIY laminate flooring projects below. If you find it overwhelming, book one of our professional laminate flooring installers .
Laminate can be installed above wood subfloors and concrete subfloors on any grade level.
Laminate can be installed over underfloor heating systems that do not exceed surface heat of 28 degrees Celsius.
Perform all moisture tests according to the manufacturer's recommendations. If necessary, install moisture protection above your subfloor.
Allow your laminate to acclimatise to the installation environment per manufacturer's recommendations. This usually means keeping a relative humidity of between 35%–65% for 48 hours within the room.
Ensure your subfloor is level and free from all dips or imperfections and scrape your subfloor clean. Use self–levelling compound to level all required areas.
If desired, undercut door casings in the installation area.
Remove all mouldings and doors.
Sweep and vacuum your floor before installing your laminate.
Always install safely using the proper safety equipment. Follow all manufacturer safety recommendations.
Consider calculating the number of rows of laminate you'll need to complete your floor.
Inspect all boards before you install them. Do not install discoloured or damaged boards. Cut away damaged areas and use the remainder to start rows. Use slightly discoloured boards in pantries or closets where they may not be as noticeable.
Always use carbide–tipped saw blades and cut into the prefinished side of the laminate first to avoid chipping the finish.
Never hit the laminate flooring directly. Use a tapping block to move the laminate boards into position, when needed.
Do all your cutting in another area to keep the installation area free from sawdust and wood chips.
Put tools on a piece of cardboard on top of your laminate so that you do not scratch the surface.
Always work from your subfloor NOT your newly installed laminate floor
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2. How is laminate flooring made?
Laminate flooring originated in Europe in the 1970’s. Laminate flooring consists of four key layers designed to withstand the rigours of daily living. All Terra Flooring's laminates from Quickstep are constructed using High Density Fibre board (HDF) and layers of several different materials featuring swelling protection.
This is how Terra Flooring's laminate is manufactured in Europe:
Top Layer/Wear Layer - The top layer of laminate flooring provides protection and durability. Highly wear resistant top layer made of melamine resin overlay. Easy to clean and long lasting.
Decorative Layer - The decorative layer or high–resolution image printed on the surface that gives the floor its appearance. Quality laminates will have a quality print.
Core Layer - The centre of the panel which provides its structural durability. The core of quality laminate flooring is made of High Density Fibreboard (HDF); material made of very compact wood fibres and resins. HDF is strong and more durable than MDF.
Backing Layer - The bottom layer of the flooring that provides stability and moisture repellent balance to the product. It's also a protective barrier between the subfloor and the laminate core.
After these layers are created separately, high–pressure machines bond them together to form laminate floor planks. Quickstep uses a uniclick "click and lock." system allowing Quickstep laminate floors to be installed without being attached to the subfloor using the floating method.
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3. CAN I USE LAMINATE IN MY KITCHEN?
Yes, you can. With Terra Floorings Laminate floors have a scratch and wear resistant 'Scratch resistant' surface layer, making them a perfect choice for your kitchen as well.
Because of the highly moisture resistant HDF core board, an accident with a glass of water falling on the floor for example is not a problem. It is however recommended to remove any standing moisture as soon as reasonably possible.
Of course, the Laminate floor in your kitchen will have to be cleaned more frequently and more intensively than in some other rooms of your house. However, there's no need to wash the floor; in fact, this should never be done. The sealed surface structure prevents dirt and dust from attaching to the floor. Usually, dry cleaning with Terra Flooring's recommended microfiber tissues is sufficient.
Floors with bevelled edges must be vacuumed first. Occasionally the floor can be cleaned with a damp or slightly moist microfiber mop using our recommended cleaning product in the cleaning water.
4. How do I determine what direction in which to install laminate flooring.
Install parallel to incoming light from any windows or light is not a concern, parallel to the longest wall in the room.
5. Where can laminate flooring be installed?
Anywhere in the home except wet area (eg bathroom, laundry toilet) , as long as you have a structural sound, clean, dry, and flat subfloor
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