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How to install laminate flooring

Measure the Laminate Flooring

The common laminate flooring measure is by square meters in New Zealand. The room’s (Length)X(Width) will get square meters. The combined area of the laminate boards should be about 10% more than the room area to allow for wastage.

Acclimate

Place unopened packages of laminate flooring in the room or rooms in which they are to be installed. Laminate flooring should be left to acclimatize horizontally for at least 24 hours, unopened in max stacks. 3 boxes, before installing it in the areas, taking the following requirements into account:

  • Room air temperature > 18°C
  • Floor temperature should be at least 15°C and no more than 25°C
  • Relative humidity should be between 50% and a maximum of 65%.
  • Interlayers and impact sound underlays
  • Depending on the existing subfloor, interlayers could have a significant impact on living comfort. Some collections include an integrated impact sound insulation underlay;
  • Condition of the subfloor
  • The maximum height tolerance must not exceed 3 mm per meter or, for tile edges, 1 mm over 10 cm. Textile floor coverings and needlefelt must be removed. Removing old floor coverings is recommended as a matter of principle.

Subfloors

laminate flooring can be installed as a floating floor on all types of screeds, existing wood flooring, floorboards, chipboard flooring, PVC, plastic flooring, linoleum, and linoleum on stone, ceramic, and marble floors (carry out thorough cleaning before installation).

An additional vapors barrier made from a PE film that is at least 0.2 mm thick (or technically equivalent) is generally recommended for mineral subfloors.

An overlapping PE or screed film with a thickness of at least 1.2 mm must be used for rooms without a cellar, vaulted ceilings, and passageways. The overlaps must be attached with a suitable sealant as a moisture barrier. This also applies to installations in rooms with particularly high levels of humidity and installations made directly on concrete.

The vapors barrier/moisture barrier is laid beneath the interlayer.

Then use the reflected walking sound- and impact sound-reducing underlay material recommended. The procedure described above should also be used for floor coverings with a laminated insulating underlay. Insulating underlays decrease sound transmission to other rooms, reduce the reflected walking sound, and significantly enhance living comfort.

Installation

To achieve an ideal installation result with as little material waste as possible, we recommend measuring the corresponding surface and arranging the material format and pattern accordingly. Ensure you have a joint offset of at least 30 cm to achieve a visually appealing laying pattern.

Always work from left to right during installation. Ensure the panel tongue sides are facing the wall. Install the panels with the front side facing the main source of light in the room. You can improve the inherent stability of the installed floor by installing long, narrow areas in the longitudinal direction.

Use suitable spacers to ensure that you have a completely consistent expansion joint with a minimum width of 10 mm. You must also ensure you maintain a 10 mm distance to all fixtures in the room, such as pipe openings, door frames, etc.

Place the first element of the second row in the groove of the element which is already situated on the floor.

Please take the next element, insert it at an angle, head-side first into the element already flat on the floor, and insert it as tightly as possible into the longitudinal edge of the row that has already been laid. Then place both hands under the element that has already been laid and lift it slightly (this will also lift the adjacent element slightly).

Then interlock the longitudinal side by pulling the elements together. It helps to stand on the installed area at this point. As long as there is no visible gap between the elements, the connection has been sealed correctly, and the element can be fully laid out flat on the floor. If a gap exists, repeat the previous process but with more pressure and check the row beforehand.

This installation technique should be applied to the rest of the rows.

To install the final row, measure the distance between the wall and the installed row and transfer it to the panel. The last row to be installed should, if possible, correspond to half a panel width.

Spaces with an uninterrupted surface of 64 m2 can have the flooring installed without a joint; however, the double edge distance of approx. 10 mm must be observed. A side length of approx. When it comes to extremely narrow, long rooms, suitable movement profiles must be used. Room areas interrupted by rising elements (pillars, partitions, doorways, and the like) must be separated by expansion joints of at least 10 mm at the element height. When installing skirting boards, transition profiles, or end profiles, ensure that the boards or profiles are never fastened to the floor covering.

Final tasks

Remove all spacing blocks, Seal expansion joints/pipe ducts, etc., with profiles/rosettes or a suitable filling cord and joint sealant. If a stage of the work is complete but has not yet been accepted, please note that the contractor is subject to a duty of maintenance (protecting the floor covering against damage during subsequent stages of work) if the stage of work has been partially accepted, the duty of maintenance for those areas that have been accepted transfers to the customer.

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