Laminate is now one of the most optimal flooring options. Laying laminate flooring is a relatively simple process that can be done on your own. It is important to follow a few rules. In particular, the material is laid exclusively on a flat surface with a maximum allowable difference of 2 mm.
Laminate installation technologies
The laying technology can be lock or glue. Glueless installation is the simplest - it is enough to level the floor and connect the laminate boards together with a simple click. Such a floor is repairable: if necessary, the damaged area can be replaced. Glue installation provides for fixing the boards with a special compound. It increases the reliability and moisture resistance of the coating.
Stages of laying laminate
Simplistically, all the work on laying the laminate can be divided into the following stages:
floor preparation. Smoothing the surface using special mixtures. As a result, the floor must be flat and always strong;
· Laying the substrate. The assortment of substrates is large: there are sound-absorbing, heat-insulating, moisture-resistant. The choice depends on the conditions of the room;
acclimatization of the floor covering. The laminate must lie for at least 48 hours in the room where the installation will take place;
· Laying laminate - it is carried out in rows. Each row begins, starting from the previous one.
Tools and materials for laying laminate
To complete the work, you need mounting wedges, a square, a rubber mallet, an electric jigsaw, or, alternatively, a hacksaw, a nail puller. The latter is necessary to pull up the outer boards. It is also necessary to buy a substrate, skirting boards with fasteners, and for adhesive installation it is worth choosing a suitable mixture.
Laying laminate diagonally
This method is one of the most common, allowing you to demonstrate all the decorative benefits of flooring. Wide long boards with locking joints are suitable for installation. Laying begins near the window from the far corner. The optimum tilt angle is within 30-45 degrees. Compared to horizontal installation, this installation leads to an increased material consumption (+ 10%), but for professionals this figure is + 5%. Among the advantages of diagonal installation: the room becomes more spacious, and the installation process is so simple that any person can handle it.