Installing laminate flooring is quick and simple process which does not require use of any special tools or special knowledge. Laminate flooring is especially suitable for quick renovations. There are many different installation systems for laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is installed without gluing, it is simply clicked in place. Click laminate flooring installation is very clean, it leaves behind almost no mess. There are two kinds of click installation systems: click in and click lock. With click in installation laminate planks are fitted one into another. Click lock system is very similar, the only difference is that click lock system is even quicker and more effective.
For concrete or wood subfloor use of rubber or foam underlayment is recommended
When laminate flooring is installed on concrete there are many factors that should be taken in account. First and probably most important factor is humidity of concrete surface. With newly built concrete floors, there is a period of time that has to be considered for concrete to appropriately dry. In case of big imperfections in concrete, they have to be levelled out before underlayment is installed. It is very advisable to install a vapour barrier between concrete and foam underlayment. That way the moisture of concrete won`t damage laminate flooring. Vapour barrier is also another temperature barrier which keeps cold air from concrete to influence laminate flooring. Concrete is very cold material so better and thicker barriers are installed between concrete and laminate, the warmer and cosier laminate flooring will be. Installing laminate flooring over wood subfloor is also possible. Best underlayment to put over wood subfloor is rubber or foam.
Click system is used for installing laminate flooring on concrete surface
Laminate flooring can be used immediately after installation. Laminate flooring can be installed over concrete, wood or carpet subfloor or other surfaces. Installation of good quality underlayment is highly recommended. Installing underlayment is easy but it has to be done precise to avoid any tears. Laminate planks can have attached underlayment for easier and quicker installation of new flooring. Underlayment has many functions. It is a sound barrier, water barrier, temperature regulator, it evens out small underfloor imperfections and insures stability and natural contraction of laminate flooring. If laminate flooring is installed without underlayment, water and instability will soon damage it to a point where it will have to be replaced. Good quality underlayment is a good investment because it will prolong life span of your flooring.