When hiring a professional installer it’s important to know what to expect during your laminate installation.
You will need to move all furniture and miscellaneous items like lamps, televisions or any other breakables before the installer arrives. If you have any oversized furniture or appliances you may need to have this moved by a third party. The overall goal is to move any items that could break and make your installer’s job as easy as possible. This will speed up the installation process. In general, every room with a flooring installation in process should be off limits to you and your family until complete. Regardless of how much time you’ve allowed for the installation, there is always the possibility of unforeseen problems, so it’s best to add an extra few days into your timetable for the project.
Items to expect prior to and during your installation:
- If you live in a climate-controlled home, your laminate will be ready to install as soon as you bring it home. There are certain times during periods of extreme temperature, when your flooring may need to acclimate. This means it will need to sit somewhere inside your home in an unused room for a few days while it adjusts to the temperature and moisture conditions of your home. If you need to acclimate you will have a few stacks of flooring to work around before the installation begins.
- Unlike most flooring, laminate can be installed over most pre-existing surfaces; however, you may need to remove the old flooring to accommodate for doors and transitions between rooms. Should you need to remove your existing floor, it’s a good idea to make arrangements for disposal ahead of time to avoid any potential delays.
- Any moulding or trim will be removed and the subfloor is prepped for installation. Moulding and trim can be fragile despite best efforts some pieces may break. If this happens it is your responsibility to replace them.
- Installing your laminate will require the use of various hand and power tools. Installation will be rather noisy and disruptive as we cut and trim your flooring. Its common practice to set up the saw outside to avoid making a mess but you should still expect a small amount of dust.
It’s a good idea to stay off your newly installed floor for a small amount of time to allow any adhesives to set. Before moving furniture back it’s a good time to consider felt pads on the bottom of any furniture that will come in direct contact with your new floors. This will help minimize any scratches or dents that may occur. It is also a good idea to test any appliances that were moved during the installation process to ensure there are no leaks or electrical problems. After all, you don’t want to risk damaging your beautiful new floor.