New flooring is a great way to dramatically change the look of any room. Today we’ll show you an economical and durable way to update your floor using Shaw laminate flooring. In this kitchen, after we added some brand new kitchen appliances, we felt like the whole place could really improve quite a bit more by adding new flooring, so that’s exactly what we did.
Whether this is something that you want to do to your own home, or if you have an investment property like us that we rent out as temporary housing in Tucson, adding new flooring will dramatically help the look and overall feel of your home.
To prepare the installation, the unopened planks should be placed in the same room that they will be installed in 48 hours before work begins. Make sure the surface is clean, smooth and level.
Since we are covering vinyl flooring, a polyethylene underlayment should be put on top of the vinyl. We are using an underlayment to help correct subtle variations in the subfloor, reduce sound and add comfort. On concrete, you want to make sure the underlayment has a plastic attachment sheet to keep moisture out.
Next you want to determine what direction the planks should lay. For optimum aesthetic appeal we recommend laying the planks parallel to the incoming light source. Next measure the room for square and width of the last row of flooring. If the last row is less than the width of the planks, the first row will need to be cut. When cutting the planks, the teeth of the saw should go into the top surface to reduce splintering. Always lay planks left to right, using three-eigths inch spacers between the wall and the planks. Be sure to stagger the planks between 12 and 24 inches apart.
Insert the planks at a 45 degree angle and shimmy the piece until it locks into place and lays flat. There should be no gaps between the planks. Whenever necessary, use the installation block to tighten the floor. Spots like door frames and cabinets – joints like these require glue.
After installing the planks, replace the base boards and nail quarter rounds to the wall or base board. That s it! You’ve now given an ordinary room an extraordinary look with new laminate flooring!
When we did this for our rental property and posted images of the new kitchen, we immediately started getting more phone calls from interested renters. Granted, we were going in to the busy season, but compared to the previous years at the same time, there was a noticeable spike in interest. Whether it was simply the new floors or the combination of new floors and new appliances, or just blind luck, I can’t be sure. But I am sure that I like the results! I truly believe that with just a little bit of effort and minimal investment into your property, whether it’s where you live or a place you’re trying to attract buyers or renters, it will pay off very nicely for you in the long run. and sometimes the ‘long run’ is even pretty immediate (for those of us who are impatient, like me).