A little prep goes a long way
By now, you’ve learned all you need to know about laminate flooring. You’ve purchased the look and style you want, and you're eagerly awaiting its installation. Here's where a little prep helps!
Steps to prepare for installation
Remove all furniture and other objects from the installation area. Before moving, you’ll also need to empty cabinets, closets, and similar. Be aware that the area of installation must be climate-controlled (heated or air conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45 and 65 percent.
Prior to installation day, consider your old flooring. How will you be disposing of it? This can be a time-consuming task, so we recommend contacting us on the best method and related costs.
If you do plan to remove your current flooring, do it at least one day prior to arrival of your laminate to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for laminate installation. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.
Your existing subfloor may need additional preparation, or a new subfloor may be required. We suggest you discuss this with your Wacky's Flooring & Lighting representative. If subfloor work is necessary, it's easily taken care of by our qualified professionals. Remember, it is important that the subfloor be as clean and level as possible.
When laminate is installed, there’s always the possibility that doors may not clear the new laminate and swing free. Some installers will remove doors in order to install the laminate and re-hang them, if possible. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new laminate flooring. You should check with us regarding our policy on this and the cost.
During the installation
Be prepared to be at home while the installation is taking place to answer any questions the installation crew may have. You'll also be able to assist in ensuring the correct placement of the laminate. Because it can be difficult to estimate the complexity and length of each job, installers are not always able to give an exact arrival time; however, we will do our best to keep you updated.
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques during the installation that can make the work area hazardous. Therefore, it is important to keep children and pets away from the area until the job is finished.
After the installation
Once the installation is complete, conduct a thorough walk-through. Doing so allows you to see the finished product, and you can ask any final questions you may have.
If you are sensitive to dust and odors, keep the area well-ventilated for up to 72 hours after the laminate is installed.