How to Install Mannington Laminate Flooring

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Mannington laminate flooring provides the look of real wood or ceramic tile at a reduced cost. Made from recycled materials and low-VOC inks, laminate floors provide a green alternative to real hardwood. Both tile and wood styles are easy to maintain. While professional installation is available, Mannington laminate floor installation is easy enough that a do-it-yourselfer can handle the project with a minimum number of tools. The interlocking pieces of Mannington laminate flooring simply snap together to create a floor that floats over the subfloor of the house.

Clean the subflooring with a broom or vacuum to remove all debris. Repair any cracks or uneven areas of the floor.

Unroll the underlayment fabric. This acts as a noise barrier between the subfloor and the laminate flooring. Smooth it out across the subflooring. Attach it to the subflooring in the manner recommended by the underlayment’s manufacturer. Typically, staples attach it to wood subfloor. Some underlayment attaches to the subfloor with tape or special adhesive.

Measure the width of the room. If you are going to have a row of laminate less than 2 inches along one wall, make adjustments accordingly on width of the first row to make the last row the same width.

Measure the length of the room. You should have at least 12 inches of plank at the end of the row. If you don’t, make adjustments in the length of the starting plank.

Wipe each plank with a soft cloth. Inspect it for flaws before installing it. Remove any manufacturing debris from the tongue and groove portion of the plank.

Cut off the tongue edge of the planks that face the wall. Allow a 5/16-inch space along the wall for an expansion joint. Set spacers in place to help maintain the proper distance.

Connect the tongue and groove on the ends of the first row of planks as you set them in position along the wall. Cut the last plank to fit.

Use the remaining portion of the last plank of the first row to start the second row. This staggers the floor joints as you continue to set the remaining planks on the floor.

Measure the width of the last row of planks. Allow for 5/16 expansion space along the wall. Cut off the groove portion of these planks. Set them in place.

Create a template out of paper for any odd-size cuts around doorjambs or other fixtures. Use a jigsaw to cut out the pattern from the plank.

Complete the laminate floor installation by attaching molding to the walls above the floor. This holds the floating laminate in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Set the unopened boxes of Mannington laminate flooring in the room where you plan to install them at least 48 hours before opening the boxes. This helps the laminate flooring acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room.

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