Lessons repair: laying laminate with their hands
Before you understand how to lay laminate, you need to talk a little about how to choose it correctly. Now there are a lot of manufacturers on the market who offer floor coverings in different price categories.
What is the best laminate to take
If you are going to buy cheap floor covering in the area of 10-15 dollars, then it's better to pay attention to linoleum. The reason is rather prosaic - laminate in this price category is very short-lived and spoiled (swollen, rubbed, scratched) extremely easily. As for the average price range from $ 20 per square, then the situation is much better.
For example, Tarkett, Witex and Quick Step laminate are a great option for living quarters - all these are world famous manufacturers that produce high-quality floor coverings. Naturally, they also have their drawbacks, such as the fear of water, but this is a common "disease" of the laminate and will cope with it quite difficult.
If you require a waterproof laminate, you should pay attention to more expensive options, where locks are additionally treated with wax spraying, but it is also not a panacea. In addition, in the same price range, there is a coating such as a parquet board, which is also often called "wooden laminate."
It has several advantages, but the price per square meter is much higher. It is worth to say about the class of the laminate, only six of them: 21-23, 31-33. The first digit in the designation of the class speaks of the appointment of the laminate 2 is domestic and 3 commercial. The second digit indicates the load for which it is designed: 1 is the smallest (bedroom, office)
How to put laminate
Immediately after buying a laminate is better not to stack, and give him "get used" to the room - hold for several days at a temperature of 18-20 degrees. In the meantime, you can prepare the foundation - we clean the floor, remove the old linoleum (if it was), remove all the fine rubbish and even, if necessary. Now on the floor it is necessary to spread the substrate - its thickness directly depends on the evenness of the surface of the surface.
In those cases where the laminate is placed on particleboard/fiberboard it is possible to do the substrate in 1 mm, if the floor is concrete with small defects it is better to lay 5 mm substrate. Lay it must be lapped to the edge went at each other for 10-15 cm. In order during operation the substrate is not off it is necessary to stick to the floor using double-sided tape.
Now we begin the question of how to lay a laminate. It is necessary to start from the far from the entrance of the wall, and the panels are laid perpendicular to the window and in staggered order. That is, the first board is stacked entirely, and in the second row we attach only half of the panel to it to get a displacement of 30-40 centimeters.
It is also recommended to observe a clearance from the wall of 1 cm, so that when the laminate slightly widens, it does not rest. For this purpose, small spacer wedges can be made from scraps of panels or other material and installed along the first rows of each wall. After laying the second row of panels, it is necessary to slightly raise the entire structure and snap the locks, the panels must be connected without any problems.
If somewhere the grooves do not click, you can slightly force them with a hammer. All other rows are stacked exactly the same as the first two. After the completion of the work, you must wait a few days for the coating to lay down, after which you can install skirting boards and arrange furniture.