Q. Will there be any cutting waste?
A. For the average installation, approximately 7% of the total
area to be covered will be wasted because of several reasons (cuts, damages
Q. How's the gluing supposed to be done?
A. Laminate floors are "floating"; no board is attached
to the subfloor. Hence, a strong bond between the planks is required
for the floor to perform correctly. Always use the manufacturer's recommended
glue. Where you are supposed to put glue depends on the product you
buy. You might be instructed to put glue only on the tongue, in the
groove, or in both places. Follow manufacturer's instructions. Apply
enough to make some glue squeeze out of the joints when the boards are
If the joints are not properly sealed and there are
gaps in the glue, any surface moisture could seep in between the planks
and cause water related damage such as de-lamination or expansion (i.e.
buckling, cracking). A laminate floor will withstand surface moisture
for several hours with no damage if it is properly glued, and it will
expand and contract uniformly with seasonal changes if the planks are
Q. I didn't get my first row straight, can
A. Getting the first row absolutely straight is the foundation
-maybe the most critical part- to a successful installation. Do not
continue; if your first row(s) are not properly aligned, or the joints
are not tightly sealed, the entire installation will be compromised.
(The error will magnify as you go along.) Along both sides and ends,
all planks must be parallel to each other, otherwise here will be wedge-shaped
gaps between planks. If residue is caught in the grooves, poor alignment
can also result. Remember to make sure all grooves are clean before
Q. What is the recommended temperature over
A. As a norm, most manufacturers recommend about 15ºC
(60ºF) and never above 27ºC (80ºF). Ask the dealer.
Q. Can I install a laminate floor on top of
A. To serve as a liner, all short-fiber carpets without a thick
carpet padding is all right. It is recommended to remove both the underlayment
foam and the carpet with any carpet installed over thick padding. When
installing laminate flooring in a basement, especially if the carpet
was laid directly over a concrete floor, all types of carpet and underlayment
foam must also be removed.
Q. How should I install mouldings?
A. You can glue or nail mouldings to the wall only, never to