- All flooring installations require foam underlay. Run the foam underlay in the same direction as the laminate panels. Underlay should be butted side by side with no overlap. Tape seams together. Diagram 1.
- You will need to remove the tongue on the sides of the panels that face the wall. This is to ensure that the decorative surface of the laminate is well under the finished trim when installed. Use a utility knife to score through the tongue several times until it easily snaps off.
- Start in a corner by placing the first panel with its trimmed side facing the wall. Use spacers along each wall to maintain an expansion space of 8-12mm (5/16”- 3/8”) between the wall and the flooring. Diagram 2.
Remember that this product is primarily wood and needs room to expand and contract. At no point should you attach the floor to any surface.
- To attach your second panel, insert the end tongue of the panel into the end groove of the first panel at a 45º angle. Lower the panel flat to the floor. Line up edges carefully. Diagram 3.
- Continue connecting the first row until you reach the last full panel. Fit the last panel by rotating the panel 180º with the pattern side upward, place beside row, mark and then saw off excess. Attach as described above. Diagram 4.
- When using a handsaw cut on the decorative surface. if you use a jig or circular saw cut with the decorative side down to avoid chipping. Diagram 5.
- Begin the next row with the off cut piece from the previous row to stagger the pattern. Pieces should be a minimum of 20cm (8”) long and joint offset should be at least 40cm (16”). Diagram 6.
- To start your second row, push the side tongue of the panel into the side groove of the very first panel at about 45º. When lowered, the plank will click into place. Diagram 7.
- Attach the second panel of the new row first on the short side as described above. Push this panel as close as possible to the previous row. To attach its long side; tilt both panels in the new row at 45º and push into the groove of the previous row. Lower to the floor. Continue laying remaining panels in the manner. Diagram 8/9.
Tip: Sometimes it is faster to assemble panels into a new row and then attach this row to the previous row .
- To fit the last row, lay a panel on top of the previous row. With the tongue to the wall, lay another panel upside down on the one to be measured and use it as a ruler. Don’t forget to allow room for spacers. Cut the panel and attach into position. Diagram 10.
- Door frames and heating vents also require expansion room. First cut the panel to the correct length. Then place the cut panel next to its actual position and use a ruler to measure the areas to be cut out and mark them. Cut out the marked points allowing the necessary expansion distance on each side. Diagram 11.
- You can trim door frames by turning a panel upside down and using a handsaw to cut away the necessary height so that panels slide easily under the frames. Diagram 12.
- Remove spacers and you are ready to install finishing molding.