Installing Interlocking Flooring

floors, flooringFastening floating laminate floors requires that you interlock the edges as suggested by the manufacturer. Some require pushing the groove in to the tongue of the previous board. Others are interlocked by inserting the new board in the edge of the previous board at a 45-degree angle then lowering it until they are level. 

Once you’ve selected your starting wall (typically, the longest), stand facing it and begin installing boards on the left side of the room and work right. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Lay the first full piece with the small-tongue side facing the wall.

Step 2: Place 1/4-in. spacers between boards and walls to allow for board expansion.

Step 3: Continue laying the first row until you need to cut a board to finish it.

Step 4: Measure the distance between the wall and the edge of the last board, subtract 1/4-in. (spacer), and cut the board. The piece left over will start the next row.

Step 5: Begin the second row of boards with the trim from the last row (if more than 10 in.) .

Step 6: Continue installing full boards in the second and subsequent rows.

The installation of interlocking flooring should go relatively quickly. Remember to take your time and check both materials and patterns so you don’t have to replace any boards later.


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