Acclimate the flooring

The laminate floor should sit in the room 48 hours before installation

Acclimate the flooring

Clean the floor

Clean off the surface where you will be placing the laminate.

Clean the floor

Remove baseboard molding

Remove baseboard from the wall & the damaged flooring to reveal the subfloor.

Remove existing baseboard molding

Install the underlayment

Clear the surface & roll out the underlayment. Do not overlap adjoining strips.

Install the underlayment

Plan the layout

Create an installation plan for your laminate floor to make the installation process easy

Plan the layout

Cut the first row

Rip, or cut, the first row of planks lengthwise. Use clamps to steady the planks as you cut them.

Cut the first row

Leave an expansion gap

Wedge the space chips between the wall and the planks to leave an expansion gap of 1/4 inch.

 Leave an expansion gap

Install the first row.

Install the planks with the tongue side facing the wall . Cut the last plank in the row to length

Install the first row.

Install additional rows

As you snap on new rows, stagger the seams at least 12 inches in adjoining rows.

Install additional rows

Install the last row

Slide the planks into position at an angle, then gently pry them into place with the pry bar.

Install the last row

Cut around door casings

Use the jamb saw to cut the door casing about 1/16 inch above the height of the flooring.

Cut around door casings

Reinstall the trim

After the planks are in place, reinstall the baseboard molding.

Reinstall the trim