How to Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a popular DIY option for homes. It mimics the look of more expensive flooring like hardwood with less expense and easier installation. To install a laminate floor:

    1. If you’re laying the floor directly on concrete, start by laying down a plastic vapor barrier to prevent moisture from ruining the floor over time.
    1. Spray adhesive is used to hold the plastic in place during installation.
    1. Lock the tongue and groove joints on each piece of laminate flooring together so the tongue on the new piece locks into the groove of the existing piece.
    1. Work from side to side and cut end pieces to fit the wall as needed.
    1. Since a laminate floor is a floating floor that expands and contracts with changes in temperature, it’s important to leave a 1/4″ gap between the floor and the wall which will later be covered by molding.

Laminate flooring costs around $4 a square foot; but since it’s so DIY friendly, there’s no installation cost which can be over half of other floor projects.

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  1. I have a renter house and I have tile on the kitchen floor. The tile was installed in 1960 and it still looks good as far as shap but it is out of style and I want to put in something that will hold up to renters. The house is on a crawl space. What would you do?



    • Hi Tina,
      Tile is still your best bet has far as the most durable flooring material. Be sure to seal the grout, once it’s cured, to prevent stains.

  2. 1st of all i wd like to say thanks to u. Sir how shd i get the “Laminate Flooring” while me belongs to Pakistan ? plz give me detail rply..

  3. while putting down the moisture barrier is it acceptable to glue the outline of the barrier and tape the seams? Does it matter what kind of tape? Also, wandering if it can be layed over tile flooring installed in 1960?

  4. hi was wanting to know what about, the Life Proof Herringbone Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring can it be put in the same way in a main floor bed room . the floor under carpet is concrete?


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