Installing Laminate Floors Yourself

by Toni Itkin 01/28/2019

Laminate floors are the new rave in home improvement now. Not do they provide a look that is exactly like that of real wood, they also infuse a warm touch of class into your living area with ease. The best thing is that they are quite easy to install at home. So you can go to a hardware store, grab laminate flooring that speaks to you and head home to install it yourself.

What you need to do a laminate flooring installment

Here's a list of things you need to have when planning to replace your flooring yourself safely prepare for all eventualities:

  • Knee pads
  • 16-gauge nails
  • Wood scraps
  • Safety gear (masks, hard workers gloves and safety goggles to avoid flying chips)
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Pry bar
  • Circular saw

Apart from these, if you have someone experienced in home DIY projects to assist you, that also helps.

Step 1 – Remove the existing floorboards. Use a pry-bar to remove the baseboards that exist on the floor. If there is carpet on it, cut that at the edges and dispose of it safely. If any other fasteners are remaining on the subfloor, remove them with a pair of pliers and clean away the dust and dirt.

Step 2 – Prepare the laminate flooring. Get the laminates out of the box to set up the wood tones around the house. Get the precise dimensions of the plank and add 3/8 of an inch to allow for expansion. Mark that distance from the wall you intend to start from and then make a chalk line at the corner. Chalking enables you to have a straight line for the first run of planks.

Step 3 – Plan for custom cut boards. There will be areas across the room where you will need shorter lengths of flooring planks. Measure these ahead to know where you will make the board cuts for these areas early enough so that you are not caught unaware.

Step 4 – Install the first row. Once the flooring lines up against the chalk line you marked, ensure the tongue side faces the wall. Don’t forget to leave the 3/8-in gap between the wall and the edge for expansion and also at the end of the first run.

Step 5 – Install the rest of the floor. With the first run done, continue adding planks across the room using a tapping block and hammer to ensure a snug fit between planks and across. Check everything first before moving. Trim custom cut boards wherever necessary to get a good fit.

Step 6 – Install the last run. The final run involves ripping each board to size. A circular saw helps with this. Load the 16-gauge nails into a nail gun and reinstall all baseboards and nail these into the studs.

If you encounter any installation issues along the way, call the store, and they will direct you to a professional installer to provide you with some help.

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MEET TONI ITKIN

Toni Itkin is a licensed Realtor® serving buyers and sellers across BuckheadViningsSandy SpringsRoswellMarietta, East Cobb, and other high-profile areas of Metro Atlanta.

Toni began her real estate career in 1992 with Buckhead Brokers, where she earned "Rookie of the Year” before rapidly ascending to her status as a multi-million dollar producer. Since then, she has been consecutively featured in the Who’s Who of Atlanta Real Estate for many years.

Equipped with sharp negotiating skills, an intuitive marketing acumen, and a strong network of professional relationships, Toni is a fierce advocate for her clients. Whether it’s a one-bedroom condo or a multi-million dollar mansion estate, Toni’s ultimate goal is to find her clients a home that perfectly fits their budget and lifestyle. Toni’s reputation for professionalism and trustworthiness in and out of the brokerage community is of utmost importance to her. As a Certified Luxury Homes Specialist, Toni has a finger on the pulse of Metro Atlanta’s luxury real estate market, and as a Certified Relocation Specialist, she is uniquely positioned to provide support for homebuyers who are relocating.

Toni is a member of Georgia Association of Realtors®, National Association of Realtors®, Atlanta Board of Realtors® and Haute Residence’s Luxury Real Estate Exclusive, Invitation-only Network. Toni is also a recipient of the Atlanta Board of Realtor®’s coveted Crystal Phoenix Award, which means she’s achieved the organization’s "Multi-Million Dollar Club” status for a minimum of 25 years. As a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent, she is consistently ranked among the company’s top one percent of agents worldwide and has been recognized as an honoree of the International Diamond Society, International President’s Circle, International President’s Elite, President’s Premier, and Society of Excellence.

Toni is also very active in local charities and civic organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Best Friends Animal Society and the Atlanta and Cobb County Humane Societies. In addition, a portion of Toni’s sales commission on every closed transaction goes directly to the Cares Foundation, which makes a difference in Atlanta communities by supporting a variety of local charitable organizations.  She lives in East Cobb and enjoys traveling, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with her pets and her husband, Ernie, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.