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What are some tips for installing a laminate floating floor?

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One tip for installing a laminate floating floor is using a plastic sheet to test the moisture and humidity levels of concrete subflooring. Install an underlayment that combines a vapor barrier with padding in rooms where moisture may become a problem. Another tip is to prep laminate flooring materials to fit around door jambs in advance by trimming the locking section of the tongue with a utility knife.

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Installation of floating laminate floors involves the gluing or assembly of snap-together flooring pieces. Installation tips include providing flooring installations with an expansion space and prepping the subflooring prior to installation. Avoid nailing moldings or transitions when installing floating floors. Measure all subflooring surfaces to ensure they are flat and level prior to installation. Stiffer flooring laminates may crack and break when installed over a rough or uneven surface.

Do not install cabinets on a floating floor. Cabinets, counter islands and similar installations can create pressure points that may damage flooring. Areas subjected to heavy rolling loads may not be well suited for a laminate floating floor. After installing the flooring, trim off any underlayment that may be protruding with a utility knife, and then install the shoe molding before nailing it securely to the baseboard.

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