Laying Laminate Flooring Cost
Guide and costs involved when fitting laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is a cheap and versatile flooring material that can be laid on top of almost any surface as long as it is dry, firm and level (so not carpet). You can buy laminate flooring planks in packs from any major DIY store in a range of different style options such as stone, natural wood and ceramic. Laminate flooring is easy to clean and you can just wipe spillage off the surface. This type of flooring is quick to install too, usually just slotted together with a click and groove system so you can fit laminate yourself as a DIY job without necessarily having to hire a professional. Laminate flooring can be used in most areas of the house, with the exception of the kitchen or bathroom (as damp can damage the laminate over time).
Typical Cost of Getting Laminate Flooring Installed
Things to consider when fitting laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is versatile, easy to fit and extremely durable. It’s n wonder this type of flooring has become incredibly popular over the last 20 years in the UK – there is a lot to like about laminate flooring. This flooring is available in a wide range of colours and designs, but there are also different types to choose from. Hand-scraped laminate is designed to look and feel just like real wood but doesn’t fade in the sunlight, textured laminate features a textured surface which mimics the appearance of solid wood flooring and often uses a thin layer of solid timber which is bonded to the surface, so it can be very difficult to tell the difference between solid wood and textured laminate once the boards are fitted. Smooth laminate is the most common type as it is very affordable and pretty scratch resistant, this smooth laminate flooring comes in a range of different colours and nice wood-effect finishes.
Laminate flooring comes in packs of floorboards with each individual board having interlocking grooves which form a secure seal when the boards are slotted together. Modern laminate flooring is really quick and easy to install without the need for the glue or adhesive required in older laminate flooring systems. Laminate flooring is a particularly good choice for high-traffic areas in the home such as hallways and living areas, but you should avoid fitting laminate in areas that are prone to damp or moisture, though you can buy specialist laminate flooring that’s designed for use in damp or humid areas. Textured laminate is the better option for high-traffic areas as it has a durable and scratch resistant finish (so also great for homes with pets).
When choosing laminate flooring, the main things to consider are the type of locking mechanism, the materials and the thickness. The thickness of the laminate boards, in particular, has a major impact on the durability, comfort, sound insulation and the lifespan of the flooring. Laminate flooring should never be installed directly on top of the sub-floor. A layer of insulation should be put down first which is normally poly-foam, combined underlay or wood fibre board. Wood-fibre board is best used when you need extra noise insulation such as in upstairs bedrooms or flats.
Doing it Yourself
Fitting laminate flooring boards is a relatively simple job, but some care and patience are still required, as is a degree of mobility and physical fitness as you will spend a lot of time working on your knees. When fitting laminate flooring, you need to remember that the floor will expand and contract naturally so you need to leave some space around the edges of the room. Around 10 mm between the laminate boards and the skirting boards is sufficient. The boards should be laid lengthways toward the light source in the room and the next board should be laid end-on to the first board making sure that the tongues lock together securely. Continue until you reach the end of the row then cut the last board to fit the remaining space (don’t forget the extra 10mm around the edges). Then place the leftover cut end of that board as the first board in the next row to stagger the joins.
If you are very lucky the last row will fit the remaining gap, but this is rarely the case, so you will have to cut the boards on the final row to fit, then ease it into position. After you have laid the laminate flooring, you need to cover the expansion gap with laminate flooring trim fixed to the skirting to match the floor. A mitre saw will come in handy when cutting this trim to fit the corners of the room, as this part of the job is actually much more tricky than the actual flooring! If you intend to paint the trim white along with the skirting, then less than perfect joints in the corners can be concealed by using a silicone filler in any gaps then simply painting over them.
Fitting Laminate Flooring Checklist
- You can install laminate flooring in almost any room, but it can be susceptible to moisture damage over time, so avoid bathrooms and laundry rooms
- Laminate flooring can be laid directly over most existing flooring materials except carpet
- When buying laminate flooring put all the packages into the room in which it will be used and leave for 48 hours so the flooring will stabilize to the ambient humidity in the room
- Even the best laminate flooring can be harsh-sounding when walked on - so perhaps not a great choice in upstairs flats or bedrooms
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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The floorboards in the bedroom are very squeaky and make a lot of noise.
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Removal of laminate flooring in a studio flat.
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Water damage ( insurance) flooring plastering skirting boards etc
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Loft flooring approximately 20ft x12ft.
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Fitting a laminate floor in a small to average size room.