Laminate flooring is designed for a "floating floor" installation method that doesn't require glue, nails or staples. Instead, laminate boards have a unique tongue-and-groove profile that connects by simply locking edges into place for a firmly fastened surface. Once complete, the entire floor "floats" above the subfloor, expanding and contracting with the temperature and humidity changes in your home.
Prep for your new laminate installation by moving furniture out of the spaces to be renovated. Make sure all wall hangings and other decor are safely stored away.
The versatility of floating floor installation allows it to be installed directly over various existing floors, including wood, concrete, vinyl tile and vinyl sheet, even carpet. That means you may not have to pull up old flooring or deal with the mess of repairing a damaged one before installing your new laminate floor. Just make sure the subfloor is structurally sound, dry, clean and flat. An underlayment is recommended for laminate installation. Underlayment serves as a moisture barrier and will help quiet floors in areas with heavy foot traffic. It also makes your laminate floor sound and feel more like a real hardwood floor.
At Great Western, we conduct subfloor moisture testing as a standard. This ensures a successful installation that we can guarantee to last and perform.