How to Install Nirvana Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring is a popular choice for updating a home's interior. Nirvana laminate makes a number of different laminate styles to fit with just about any home's decor. Installing Nirvana laminate flooring is a fairly straightforward process that can be tackled by most homeowners. Finishing off a medium-sized room can be done in as little as a day or two.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Nirvana laminate flooring
  • Shop vac
  • Broom
  • Sander (if needed)
  • Self leveling compound (if needed)
  • Moisture barrier (if needed)
  • Foam padding
  • 3/8-inch spacers
  • Table or circular saw
  • Pry bar
  • Rubber mallet
  • Quarter round moulding
  • Finishing nails

Measure the room in which you will be installing the Nirvana laminate with the measuring tape. You need to purchase enough square footage to cover the room, with a 10 percent overage. So, for example, if the room you are laying the laminate in measures 10 feet by 10 feet, you need to purchase 110 square feet of Nirvana laminate (10 feet x 10 feet = 100 square feet, plus 10 percent of 100 = 10).

Set the Nirvana laminate, still in its packaging, in the room where it will be installed. Do not remove the laminate from the cartons. Allow it to sit in this room for at least 48 hours in order to acclimate.

Prepare the subfloors. Use the shop vac and broom to clean up any dust and debris. Sand down any high spots on wooden subfloors and remove any nails, staples or screws that protrude. On concrete subfloors, a self leveling compound can be used to fill in any valleys.

If this is a concrete subfloor, lay out the moisture barrier. This will keep moisture from seeping up through the concrete and warping the Nirvana laminate boards. Where two pieces of barrier meet, overlap them by at least 8 inches. Secure together with adhesive tape. You can lay a strip out at a time as you install the laminate above, rather than laying out the barrier over the whole floor.

Install foam padding. This will help insulate and protect the laminate. As with the moisture barrier in Step 4, you can also lay this out one roll at a time. However, do not overlap the pieces or tape them together. If using Nirvana laminate with built-in padding, this step is not necessary.

Measure the planks in relation to the starting wall length. You want the last plank to be at least 12 inches in length. Cut the first board to make the planks fit if necessary. Also, cut the tongue off all the boards you will be laying along this wall.

Place the first plank in the corner, with the cut side facing the wall. Use 3/8-inch spacers to give the plank a gap between it and the wall. This will be covered later.

Insert the toe of the second plank into the head of the first at a 45-degree angle. Slowly lower the plank to the floor until you hear it click in place. Remember to keep the cut end against the wall and to place the spacers.

Continue this process with the first row until you reach the opposite wall. The last plank will be a tight fit, so use the pry bar to wedge it into place.

Begin the second row by taking a plank and inserting the tongue into the groove on the first row. Slowly lower this in place until it clicks. You can slide the board up and down in the groove to align it properly. When satisfied, tap this into place with the rubber mallet.

Install the second plank on the second row. This one and subsequent rows are tricky because you have to snap them into the rows already installed. Do this by inserting the toe of the second plank into the head of the one you laid in Step 10. Slide this in the groove until it meets the groove of the first row. Gently lift this plank until you can slide the lengthwise tongue on this board into the groove on the first row. The boards from the first row will slightly lift upward, but that's OK. When the board locks into place, lower it back down to the subfloor. Tap it into place with the mallet.

Continue this process with the second row until you reach the wall. Don't forget the spacers between the first and last board and the wall.

Finish the third and any subsequent rows the same way that you laid the second row.

Cut the last row, if necessary, to fit alongside the last wall.

Remove the spacers from one side of the wall. Measure and cut the quarter round moulding to fit along the wall. Nail this into place with the hammer and finishing nails. This covers the expansion gap and also holds the floor in place.

Repeat Step 15 for the other walls around the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Foam padding and moisture barriers come in various depths for different installations. Consult your floor salesman to see which is right for your installation.
  • Lay a heavy object, such as a couch, chair or even the unopened laminate boxes, on the rows of laminate that you have completed to hold them in place.
  • Always wear the proper safety equipment when working with power tools.

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