|Laminate Floor Installation Checklist|
|These tips will make your laminate floor installation as smooth and easy as possible.|
|Installing a new floor is a construction project. Some
installation materials produce strong odors, and some
construction activities are noisy. If you'll be living
in your home while your new floor is being installed,
plan accordingly to minimize disruption. Keep in mind
that for a period of time, you won't be able to use the
room receiving the new floor. It typically takes one to
two days after the acclimation period to install a new
floor, depending on subfloor conditions.
Before installation day, be sure that:
|For areas directly affected by the installation:|
|Your installation professional will obtain all necessary permits and licenses before installation begins.|
|Early Delivery & Acclimation Period|
|Laminate flooring material needs to acclimate (adjust) to the moisture and temperature conditions of the installation environment for 24 to 72 hours (depending on the product) before it can be installed. When the flooring material you ordered arrives at The Home Depot, we will contact you to arrange a convenient delivery date, as well as an installation date three or more days later.|
|On installation day, our licensed, insured installers will be on time, courteous and efficient. They'll have the equipment they need, and they'll be ready to install your new floor. You won't need to provide any special tools or materials. Just meet these simple requirements:|
|That's it! We'll take care of the rest.|
|The moisture content of the installation site is an important consideration for laminate floors. When The Home Depot installation team initially measures and assesses your installation site, they will also conduct the first moisture detection test. On installation day, they will conduct a second moisture detection test before they begin the installation. For more information on what this means and how it may affect your installation, see the Testing for Moisture Conditions section below.|
|When the installation process is complete, our installation team will:|
|Unexpected Site Conditions|
In almost all cases, the final estimate you receive will accurately reflect the condition of the installation site, and it won't be necessary to adjust cost or schedule. Occasionally, however, we discover conditions (water or termite damage; electrical or plumbing problems) during installation that must be addressed before we can complete the installation. These conditions may require additional labor and materials.
In most cases, The Home Depot installation team will be able to complete the necessary work. Any additional charges, if applicable, will be added to your installation cost, and the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.
If The Home Depot cannot supply the necessary labor, you may need to hire another contractor to perform that portion of the work before we can complete your installation.
|Wait for the Floor to Cure|
|Before you use your new floor or move into the room, make sure the floor is completely cured. Do not walk on the floor for 24 hours after installation. If you do, it will damage the installation, resulting in an uneven floor.|
|After the Floor Has Cured|
|Once your floor has been installed and cured, you should:|
|If you have any questions about the installation process, we're ready to help. Call your sales associate at The Home Depot store.|
Testing for Moisture Conditions
|The moisture content of the installation site is an important consideration for laminate floors. To ensure a successful installation of a new laminate floor, The Home Depot, in conjunction with major flooring manufacturers, has developed new standards for moisture detection and measurement and for site acclimation:|
|In all cases, The Home Depot follows the manufacturer's guidelines for the specific flooring product.|