O'kelly's Custom Carpet & Painting Inc Residential Installations for Laminate

Ease of installation is one of the features that has made laminate flooring the fastest growing product in the flooring industry. VersaLock AG and LocNPlace are the latest in installation technologies and allow you to to have your laminate flooring installed without nails or glue.

At time of purchase measurements of the room/rooms will be taken by our professional estimators and the direction of the planks will be determined. After you purchase your flooring, it is recommended to stack the laminate flooring in the room 48 hours before installation. Temperature and humidity can affect flooring planks and they must have time to acclimate to the temperature of your home before installing.

Once your flooring has had time to acclimate to the temperature of your home, it’s time for installation. The existing flooring if any will be removed. Using a pry bar and hammer all base molding is carefully removed. Door jams, when nessesary will be cut down so your flooring can easily slide underneath. Subfloors will be cleaned to make sure they are free of any dirt and debris. If installing on top of a new concrete floor, concrete must be fully cured before laminate can be installed.

We start by laying out the vapor barrier one row at a time from the longest wall of the room. When joining two sheets of barrier together, manufacturer's directions are always followed. Some manufacturers will overlap the vapor barrier and some will have each row butted up against the previous one.

For the best appearance, each plank is layed parallel to the longest wall. The first plank is installed with the groove toward the wall. 1/2" spacers are placed against the wall and the first plank is pushed up against them. These spaces create an expansion gap so that the floor can "breathe" (expand and contract) and not warp or buckle. This gap will be covered later when base moldings are installed back on. The spacers also allow the floor to have a firm base to install against.

For each plank, tongue to groove is matched up and tapped into place using a scrap piece of flooring to protect the planks. The pieces are tapped in for a snug fit together so no gaps are along the length of the planks. When starting a new row, pieces are offset six to eight inches so the joints at the ends of planks are not lined up row to row (which can weaken the floor and create a too-uniform look). Planks are chosen at random from the boxes.

We use these guidelines and any other specific manufacturers guidelines to ensure the beauty of your floor.