Laminate Flooring Tiles
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way of making a floor look good, laminate floor tiling may be the solution for you. Laminate flooring tiles look like stone, wood or ceramic, but they’re actually made out of a synthetic material. Laminate flooring tiling works great for kitchens and bathrooms because it looks good and it doesn’t require the upkeep that wooden floors do.
Installing laminate flooring tiles is pretty easy. Laminate flooring is known as a floating floor, which means you can just install the laminate tiles right over your existing tiles, linoleum or cement floor.
Laminate Flooring Patterns
Most tiles have a design to them, and you want the design to be centered. To do this, measure from your starting wall to your finishing wall and divide the number by the width of the laminate tile. If you get an even number, you won’t have to cut any tiles. If you don’t, you’ll have to cut the first row and last row so the design is centered. If the laminate flooring tile you picked out doesn’t really have a pattern to it, you don’t need to worry about this.
Note: If you’re installing the laminate flooring tiles in the bathroom, you’ll have to remove the toilet. Your sink and other fixtures can stay.
Laminate Flooring Installation
If you need to cut your laminate flooring tiles to center your design, do that before beginning installation.
- To start the installation, first unroll the foam underlayment against the starting wall and cut it to the right length. Roll out more of the underlayment if needed while installing the floor tiles.
- Start laying out the laminate flooring tiles along the wall with the tongue side against the wall. When placing tiles up against a wall, shower or other vertical surface, use a fourth inch spacer so the tile has room to expand.
- Next, align the short ends of the tiles and click them together, then use a tapping block and hammer to lock the laminate flooring tiles together after putting a bit of glue between each joint.
- Once you’ve laid all of your floor tiles and glued them all into place, let them sit for 24 hours. Then remove your spacers and install molding pieces along each vertical surface. If you’re installing the laminate in the bathroom, use some silicone caulk around the walls and toilet to make it watertight.
That’s all there is to it! You now have a beautiful laminate floor that looks great and is incredibly easy to keep clean.