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Laminate flooring can be relatively easy to install. There are
various factors to take into account; time, budget and determination are just a few. While it may be more
cost–effective to install your own laminate flooring, perhaps you would rather spend your time doing more enjoyable
The following section has questions that can help you resolve the matter of whether you want to hire a professional or
do–it–yourself (DIY). By addressing each of the questions listed, you'll be able to weigh the advantages and
disadvantages and decide the best course of action for your laminate flooring project.
Our DIY Laminate Installation Guide provides
step–by–step instructions (in print–friendly format) for those who want to do the installation on their
own. To find a professional installer in your area, use our Find It Locally search directory located on the
Use our printable list of questions as a guide when consulting professional installers for estimates or when undertaking
the laminate installation yourself. Our Installation Questions checklist addresses important matters such as:
To get connected to a flooring professional in your area who can assist in responding to your questions, go to our
Find It Locally search engine located on the homepage.
Planning: Regardless of whether you hire a professional or do–it–yourself (DIY), there are
steps prior to installation that must be taken. First things first: the removal of all furniture, appliances, and area rugs.
Protect your furniture from dust and installation debris by designating a secluded spot for these items until installation
is complete. Also determine where you plan on storing the shipment of laminate once it arrives.
Time: Before purchasing laminate materials, take the time to research laminate floor types, styles,
and options. If installing unfinished laminate flooring, make sure you allow the floors to acclimate (adjust) to the
environment before you install. If you're uncertain how long you should wait, just speak with the manufacturer. The period
of time it takes for your laminate floors to acclimate often depends upon your environment (humidity levels and temperature).
Full Project Budgeting: Use our financing
chart to keep track of your laminate floor budget; this will ensure that you've accounted for the cost of all of the
necessary products and materials. Don't forget to add in fees for custom work, accessories, or
any other costs accrued for purchase and installation.
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