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Laminate flooring is very simple to do. It looks fantastic, is really hard wearing and has a strong surface, and is becoming more and more popular nowadays.
Remember, always check the floor for moisture before you begin
Prepping to lay laminate floorboards
You'll have to start by preparing the sub-floor, and measuring up. First of all, check the floor for any moisture. You can do this by sticking a square metre piece of polythene directly onto the concrete floor. Making sure that it is well sealed on all four sides.
Laying laminate flooring - locking laminate
Once you have checked for any moisture, you need to decide which way you want to lay the boards. Laying the boards towards a light source makes the joints less visible, while laying the boards across the width of the room will make a room feel wider.
It's important that you don't try to cut the flooring to fit the room.
Instead, you'll get a much neater finish if you trim the architrave (the moulded beam around a window or door) to will make the underlay and flooring fit underneath.
To cut boards to fit this row, place the board you want to cut directly over the previous row. You can hold it in place with some tack. Then use a third board as a template.
Laying laminate flooring tongue and groove solid wood
For a creative design idea, why not try mixing up boards from different packs of the same timber, to create a random effect with different grains?
Again, as with locking laminate, you shouldn't try and cut the flooring to fit, because you will obtain a much neater finish if you trim the architrave so the underlay and flooring fit underneath.
To cut boards to fit this row place the board you want to cut directly over the previous row. You can hold it in place with some tack. Then use a third board as a template.
Press one edge of the template to the skirting board, and use the other edge to mark the board underneath. Do this in the actual place the board will go, just in case your walls are slightly out. Once you've cut the whole row, slot them into place.
Finishing touches and maintenance
Choose a finish that matches your floor or here's a top tip. Before you stick them on, paint them with the same paint as your skirting boards. When you install them they will blend into the skirting board for a more seamless finish.
Always lift furniture if you're moving it around the room to avoid scratching your new floor, although one idea would be for you to use felt pads or castor cups underneath the feet of any chairs or heavy furniture, which will help protect the floorboards.
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