Wood flooring can completely changes the look and feel of just about any space. The floors are the first thing that you would look at when refurbishing any of the spaces in your home. Learning how to install wooden flooring on a tight budget is an excellent skill to possess in today’s economy.
One of the first things that you should accept is that laminate flooring is a much more achievable goal than actual wood flooring. It is durable, aesthetically pleasing and a lot cheaper than wooden flooring. Also, laminate floors can be installed by just about anyone as long as they follow a few basic guidelines.
DIY laminate flooring can be pieced together like a giant puzzle. Most laminate flooring manufacturers strive to produce flooring that can be fitted quickly and easily. Generally speaking, no nails or glue is necessary and some board already come with glue backing and they simply click into one another.
- Make sure you prep the area well
While laminated flooring is very cheap and easy to install, most DIY enthusiasts forget to prepare the area where they plan to install the laminate floor boards. For example, you cannot simply fit the flooring over existing carpets or directly on top of bare cement. A moisture layer as well as a layer of ¼ inch basic plywood will provide the ideal base for the laminated flooring. Any professional laminate flooring Johannesburg based company will also advise you against installing laminate flooring on uneven surfaces.
- Always leave some space
A common mistake made by DIY enthusiasts installing laminate flooring would be measuring the space correctly and buying floor planks that fit the space exactly. In fact, you need to make sure that there is about a 5/16 inch space around the edge of the room. The laminate should never go all the way to the walls on either side of the room. This is because changes in temperature will cause the floors to expand and contract and they need a bit of room to this otherwise they may pop up in different places.