DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum

DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum (http://www.houserepairtalk.com/forum.php)
-   Flooring (http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f13/)
-   -   Layout tips for wood or laminate flooring (http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f13/layout-tips-wood-laminate-flooring-13597/)

keitht 03-16-2012 08:37 AM

Layout tips for wood or laminate flooring
 
Could someone comment on the steps used to do a layout on a room for flooring installation?

isola96 03-16-2012 10:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by keitht
Could someone comment on the steps used to do a layout on a room for flooring installation?

Do you mean hardwood, engineered hardwood?
There all different animals.
I can tell you laminate is the easiest to lay down and install, im more experienced in laminate then other hardwood.
You can lay any wood in any direction, if you lay it the longest way of the room(s) you will have less waste.
Real hardwood doesn't require spacing as it is nailed down as apposed to laminate you need 1/4 gap along the walls for expand and contract, nothing gets nailed or screwed down it is over a vapor barrier.

markjsis 03-16-2012 04:15 PM

I highly recommend attending a class on the subject before you start.
My wife and I attended a free class at our Home Depot store and I was VERY glad I did.
We did it ourselves (floating laminate), it was our first time, and we did a fantastic job!
The main thing with the layout is to avoid ending up with really short or narrow pieces on the edges of the room.
Lay some boards out both directions to check before you start.
Also, be sure to stagger your joints well.

isola96 03-16-2012 07:23 PM

Yes indeed stagger your lines at least 12" apart,
Check every piece before installing for chip corners, there is a box that you will need that has spacers and a block to tap them in.... I have learned not to have to use the block but for beginners I recommend it and do not pound them in, lightly tap them in.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:31 AM.