Preparing the subfloor for laying laminate

By Admin | Flooring And Floor Coverings
13 April 2016

Laminate is today one of the most popular floor coverings.Many owners of homes and apartments, decided to make a major overhaul of their homes, give preference to this material because of its low price, a wide variety of colors and textures, high quality, durability and ease of maintenance.

Preparation for laying laminate floor - a very important and crucial stage of work.We offer a detailed step by step instructions that tell you how to do it right.As strange as it may seem, the preparatory phase is very important for correct installation of the laminate floor, so do not neglect our advice.

How to prepare for laying laminate flooring


  1. What to consider before beginning the preparatory work
  2. prepare the ground for laying laminate

What to consider before beginning the preparatory work

#1. If the subfloor is made of concrete, you should check its flatness and levelness.If these indicators concrete base is far from ideal, you need to pour a thin layer of self-leveling s

creeds.Pre-fill solution available in the concrete cracks, carefully remove all dust from the surface and grease stains.

# 2. If the base of your wood floor, before installing the laminate you should ensure that it is flatness and cracks.If the timber is damaged or deformed, it is recommended to lay across the surface layer of plywood 10-12 mm.Secure the plywood sheets to the wooden base or pre-laid joists with nails or screws.We recommend you to mark on the walls of the location of lags to use the mark when you start mounting plinths.If you want to avoid problems in the future, before laying plywood sure to read the manufacturer's instructions.In most cases, you should leave an expansion joint between sheets of 3 mm.The gaps between the plywood sheets and the walls of the room should be sealed to create a barrier to moisture and to improve the thermal and sound insulation of the room.

# 3.If plywood does not fit into your maintenance budget can use the 11 mm OSB-plates.However, be aware that you can not use OSB in areas exposed to moisture, as the material will swell, it may cause mold and mildew.

  • See material: Leveling the floor under the laminate, depending on the base and the nature of the irregularities.

If you decide to undertake the preparation of a laminate floor with your hands, you need the following:


  • laminate;
  • under the laminate substrate.


  • level;
  • hammer;
  • bit;
  • roulette;
  • spatula;
  • vacuum cleaner.


  • Using a level, make sure that the floor surface is smooth.
  • Pour the self-leveling screed, if the floor is smooth enough.
  • properly Clean the floor surface using a vacuum cleaner.

prepare the ground for laying laminate

Before laying the laminate you should use a level to make sure that the surface of the sub-floor is level.This aspect is very important because if the surface is uneven, a new laminate will sag and creak, which could result in rapid deterioration.

Concrete foundation
concrete subfloor.

Thoroughly clean the surface using a vacuum cleaner or broom because the remaining fines could jeopardize the entire project.Pay special attention to the corners and perimeter of the room.Be prepared, if necessary, repeat the cleaning process.To sweeping protect your lungs from dust, use a dust mask.Upon completion of this step properly ventilate the room.

Sweeping base
cleaning the floor surface from dust.

In preparing the concrete floor under the laminate using a chisel or a scraper to remove large concrete "blotches" or some other uneven subfloors.Remember, using a broom or a vacuum cleaner to remove all formed at the same litter.Vacuum cleaner in this case, is preferable because it is less conducive to the spread of dust around.

If you skip this step, the laminate may eventually deform or start to creak.Elimination of asperities is a very important step in the preparation of the floor before laying the laminate, so carefully check the surface, and not once.

Remove the tabs on the cement floor
Removing dried drops of cement mortar with a spatula.

sawed door jambs with a special saw Pull-Saw or regular handsaw.Many psevdomastera make cuts in the laminate board shaped shoal, but this method is completely wrong.This not only looks aesthetically inadequate, but also can lead to deflection and creaking laminate.

The correct way is to trim filing doorjamb below.The thickness is formed between the jamb and the rough floor of the gap should be equal to the total thickness of the laminate board and substrate.Having signature, be sure to check whether there is placed a laminate.

Cropping trims and door box
Filing doorjamb.

Using a knife, remove the jamb from the remnants of foam.Work with great care, otherwise you can scratch the doorframe.

The last time check the floor surface for cracks, bumps and oily stains.

Removing foam and other debris from under the door jamb.

Be prepared, and the materials themselves.Packed laminate boards should be stored in a horizontal position in the room where they will be installed for at least 48 hours.The room temperature should be not less than 18 0C, and the distance between the walls and laminate packages - more than 50 cm.

To clarify all these details, read the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging laminate.Preparation of the material is of great importance to achieve professional results, so follow these guidelines.

not forget to pre-buy a laminate substrate.The desired area can be calculated simply by multiplying the length by the width of the room and adding an additional 5-10% of the waste when cutting.

Acclimatization laminate.

Preparation of the floor under the laminate you performed.Now is the time to undertake laying of the floor covering.

Translation source:

  • reviews laminate of different brands and types of
  • Reviews of substrates for flooring

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