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DIY Laminate Flooring Installation- Simpler Than Ever

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Even with no prior flooring experience, these simple instructions allow anyone to install this laminate floor with ease! Follow these 4 simple steps to install your Tarkett Laminate flooring!

Home improvement projects can be intimidating, and may even seem impossible to do on your own. However, professional services can be costly… So what do you do? Do It Yourself projects have become a revolution, you can do anything yourself now! First aid, crafts and art, auto mechanics, and especially home improvement.

Easy 2-Lock Installation thanks to Tarkett Laminate Flooring!

Installing your laminate flooring should be no different than all the other DIY projects you do! Tarkett Laminate flooring is designed specifically for user friendly, easy installation. They have introduced a 2-Lock system that makes DIY laminate flooring even easier! The system cuts down on installation time by 50%, even allowing just 1 person to install a whole room alone. There are no nails, messy gules or special tools needed!

4- Simple Steps to your new flooring

Step 1: Getting ready

Laminate flooring can be installed over:

Existing concrete, Wood, Carpet and Tile

Regardless of the subfloor, you should prepare by vacuuming the surface and making sure it is clear of any debris or damage. The existing flooring should be clean, flat, and stable.

Step 2: Preparing your new flooring

The temperature should be normal, to ensure the best installation. Since laminate can expand and contract, you should leave your boxed flooring in the room for 24 to 48 hours before you begin to install it. This will allow the laminate flooring to acclimate to the humidity and temperature of the room, ensuring the best fit.Laminate flooring temperature

Step 3: Planning

Since laminate changes with the temperature, you need to plan to leave an 8mm gap around the entire room, giving the flooring the space it needs to adjust. The “expansion gap” will be covered later on with a moulding or skirting to complete the floor.

Lastly, you should open your flooring and arrange them. (The laminate is a printed design, it will repeat, every 10 planks or so). To avoid having two identical planks next to each other, sort the flooring before you being installation.Laminate Flooring 8mm gap

Step 4: Installation

Tarkett laminate flooring comes with a revolutionary installation system that will make you as able as a professional!

Tarkett Laminate flooring 2-lock system The 2-lock system is simple and extremely user friendly. Starting at the left and working right, lay the 1st row along the wall, against the spacers. The tongue side should be against the spacers (facing the wall).

Place the following planks by angling the tongue of the next board (long side) into the grove of the previous one. Then align the short side with the previous plank and press down. The boards should click into place.laminate flooring edges

You will need to measure and cut the last board in the row - Turn the board to the underside and place the short side against the spacer of the wall. Measure and mark with a pencil, then cut the plank to the appropriate length.

Use the remaining piece of the plank you have cut to begin the next row.

The remaining planks can be installed by placing the following planks by angling the tongue of the next board (long side) into the grove of the previous one.Tarkett laminate 2nd row

Then align the short side with the previous plank and press down. The boards should click into place.

tarkett laminate flooring click

The final row may need to be cut to fit, do so as you have the rest of the boards. If it does not need to be cut, the tongue will need to be removed to allow for the “expansion gap”.

Its that easy!

No more hiring a professional, no messy glue and no nails. Just 1 person, a 2-lock system, and a brand new Tarkett laminate floor.

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