Do you want your basement to have a makeover which is effortless and affordable? Well you got to change your floor to a floating floor. A floating floor is a floor that needs not to be glued or nailed on the subfloor. It is also called a laminate floor. We all know that a basement is usually a dumpsite, which is not meant for a hard floor. So the perfect floor for a basement is a Floating Floor or a Laminate Floor. A laminate floor is usually made up of wood fibers and pulp bonded to a plastic surface. To this date, there have been new designs like rustic looking hardwoods, exotic finishes and classical decor. It may be installed on a concrete. However, it is not recommended for areas that may get wet like the bathrooms or near the exterior doors. So, how to install one?
Here are simple steps:
Step 1: Tidy things up
Get the room prepared. Remove the furniture in the room, remove the moldings, the wall base and shoe trim. Vacuum the floor to make it dust free.
Step 2: Put the underlay mat.
The underlay mat is a thin foam padding placed underneath your laminate floor. This mat or pad will help smoothen and correct the imperfections of your subfloor. From one corner, just simply unroll the layer of the underlay mat. Make some trimmings for adjustments then cover all the surfaces. With the use of a tape or a duct tape, tape the underlay mat.
Step 3: Assess the area and do trimmings if necessary.
So it is important that before cutting your laminate floors, you got to assess the area. Consider the first row as the most visible wall, so it should be placed parallel to the longest wall in the room. You got to also leave a ¼ inch space between the edges of the flooring or walls to give space for the expansion of the floors with changes in humidity. Assess for trimmings and do it outside to prevent saw dust littering your room. And be very careful when using the saw or mechanical cutter.
Step 4: Installation
Install the First Row first, starting from right to left. Lay the second board then the third, and achieve a symmetrical look of the floors. To two pieces into place, use a hammering block. Continue installing the floor planks, and make sure that the gap between the wall and the floor is 1/4 inch. When cutting around door jambs and obstructions, use a piece of cardboard to trace the corner, then trace it to the plank floor mat. When you have covered most of the surface, you are now ready to install the last row. Trim the last row if necessary, provided that there is a remaining ¼ inch against the wall, then set it by gluing with white glue for 30 min. Now for the final touch, install the baseboard and shoe molding to the corners to cover the gaps. And voila! You just made your basement more appealing!