Laminate flooring that locks together with no need for glue or nails is the quickest and easiest type to fit. It can be laid on any smooth, flat surface as long as it is dry, firm and level. To condition the boards before they are fitted, lay them horizontally in their packaging in the room where they are to be used for at least 48 hours. All subfloors need to be fitted with an underlay before the flooring can be laid. See page 21 for suitable underlay types. Tools required: Scissors or knife, try square, pencil, ruler, dust mask, hardpoint handsaw or jigsaw with a laminate blade, fitting wedges and trim cutters.
Lay the boards lengthways towards the light source. Use fitting wedges at intervals between the board and skirting. Lay the first board in a left hand corner, the end with the short tongue against the wall. Lay the next board end on, placing the short tongue of the second board into the long tongue of the first board at a 30 degree angle. Lower the board and lock it into place. Lay more boards in the same way until you reach the end of the row, where you will probably have to cut a board to make it fit. If the cut off piece is 300mm - 900mm use it to start the next row, otherwise halve a new board, as the joins should be staggered.
To start the next row, angle the cut board against the board in the previous row, cut end next to the wedge. Press forward and fold down at the same time to lock its long side. Place the short end of the next board at an angle against the previous board and fold down, making sure the board is on the locking strip in the previous row. Angle the boards by 30 degrees and push them against the row in front. When the boards are tightly together, push them down. Continue to lay the boards in this way row by row.
For the last row, place a board at a time over the previous row. Place a third board on top with the tongue touching the skirting and use the edge to mark the cutting line on the board beneath. Cut the board and ease it into position. Remove the wedges.
Once the flooring is laid cover the gap around the edge of the room with flooring trim. The trim should be fixed to the skirting - not the floor - with adhesive. Use trim cutters that cut the trim in a straight line or at an angle to fit into a corner.
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