Flooring Installation Tips & Notes
We have tried to gather a great deal of information on flooring installation that may help you to decide on to install your flooring yourself or have one of our professional installers do it for you. If you have any question, you can ask us in the comments section or better yet come in and see us and ask all your questions.
Laminate Flooring Installation
Laminates can be fairly easy for a DIY homeowner to install themselves with some help and some construction ability. Laminate flooring is comprised of tongue and groove planks, which can be clicked into one another in various ways as designed by the manufacturer. Installed laminate floors typically “float” over the sub-floor on top of an underlay/ vapor barrier. This provides moisture and sound-reducing properties. Moreover, A small (3/8 in) gap is required between the flooring and any object such as walls and different types of flooring, such as Ceramic tile, this allows the flooring to expand and contract without being obstructed.
Baseboards need to be removed to install the flooring, or the baseboard can be left in place and a shoe moulding or the larger quarter-round moulding can be used to cover the expansion gape at the bottom of the baseboard. Saw cuts are usually required at edges and around cupboard and door entrances, but professional installers typically use door jamb undercut saws to cut out a space to a height that allows the flooring to go under the door jamb & casing for a cleaner look.
Improper installation can result in many different problems such as peaking, noise and excess movement causing gaping. It may be best to have our team of professional installers do the work for you if you have any doubts about your own installing abilities.
Vinyl Flooring Installation
The best Luxury ridged core Vinyl floors are very similar to install as laminate floor installation. They can actually be placed on top of existing flooring such as sheet Lino or laminate as it is a thinner material, typically 4 to 6 mm. Like Laminate they are designed as a floating floor that clicks together eliminating the need for expensive messy glue. As they are a thinner product, subfloor prep and flatness is crucial to avoid problems with your floor. As I said before we do have the best installers around to make sure the job is done right,
Engineered Hardwood Flooring Installation
There are two types of engineered floor locking systems. One is the hardwood veneer laminated on top of a HDF core with the same click system as laminate flooring and installed the same as laminate.
The second is the hardwood veneer is laminated on top of a T&G plywood that is then glued, nailed or floated on top of the underlay.
Engineered flooring is more complicated to install for the average homeowner so it may be best to have our installers do the work for you.
If you have decided not to do it yourself, D&R Flooring provides professional installation service in the Langley and surrounding areas, feel free to Contact us for more information.