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How to Install Laminate Flooring on The Basement Floor

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Laminate flooring is a durable, easy to clean flooring option. It’s fairly cheap and easy to install too. In fact, you can complete an entire room in just one day. Installing laminate flooring does not require fancy tools. You don’t have to hack into something to get the job done. All you have to do is to snap together different planks until you covered the floor.

Most laminate flooring planks come with a tongue and groove system. Each plank will connect to the other. However, an underlayment is needed before setting the planks on the floor. Some laminate flooring planks come with underlayment, others don’t. If yours don’t have an underlayment, you’ll have to layer this separately before setting the laminate flooring. The planks will be held by the underlayment in place. You can add molding on the edges to clean up the job. When shopping for laminate flooring, always allow 10% of the total to minimize waste or avoid missed cuts.

How to Install Laminate Flooring on the Basement Floor

You will need:

A broom or a vacuum
Extruded polystyrene foam board
5/8-inch plywood sheets
Table saw
Rubber mallet
An electric drill
Concrete screws
Duct tape

Step 1: Setting Up the Laminate Flooring

Start piling the flooring in the workspace a week before you start the project. This will allow the material to adjust to the temperature and humidity of your basement.

You want a clean area to work with so with a vacuum or a broom, clean the basement. You don’t have to clean the floor with soap and water. Once you’re done, the floor should be dust, mold or debris free.

Check for leaks or any areas prone to moisture. Moisture will destroy wood flooring. Keep this in mind when you’re shopping for laminate flooring.

Step 2: Installing the Subfloor

If the basement is prone to moisture, go for extruded polystyrene foam board for the subfloor. The material will resist moisture very well. It’s also durable and easy to install. Even better, it will insulate heat between the concrete and the floor. Just install the extruded polystyrene foam board on the floor then use a duct tape to attach all the seams together.

Start laying the 5/8-inch plywood sheets over the extruded polystyrene foam board. Make sure the plywood is perpendicular to the seams of the foam board. Do not run the seams parallel to the plywood. Secure the plywood with cement screws. Drive the screws with a drill to make a firm subfloor.

Step 3: Laying Out the Laminate Flooring

Once the subfloor is done, it’s time to set up the laminate flooring. Start by connecting several plants of laminate flooring plants together. Lay the flooring in place then tap with a rubber mallet to secure the tongue and groove pattern on. Repeat until the laminate flooring covers the entire floor. Stagger the seams to clean up.

Finally, lay out the baseboard against the basement walls. This will cover any gaps between the floor and the wall. Secure the baseboard with nails and you’re done!

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