Most DIYers can lay laminate; all you need is a hand saw to cut the planks – the planks have a tongue and groove system – so simply snap together. Don’t make any of these easy avoidable mistakes:

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When checking the floor area to be covered, check for unevenness. If it is majorly uneven you will need to sort this out before purchasing your laminate. Installing on uneven ground will damage the locking system.


Laminate requires an underlay, which needs to be put down first. There are different types available depending on what floor base you are working on. A concrete base will need a vapour barrier underlay, which prevents any moisture coming up through the concrete.


It is important to keep the temperature and humidity of the room, as well as the laminate to be installed, at the same constant temperature. Laminate expands and shrinks and you could end up with buckling if the temperature is not maintained.

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Laminate flooring such as that from expands, so it important to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, around door jambs and pipes. If this is not done your floor may buckle.


Upon purchasing your flooring make sure that the planks all match in colour, style and pattern. The packs generally have a code number; make sure they are all the same. Failure to do this will result in a mismatched floor that will have to be reinstalled.

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