The floor in Glade Cottage is installed so let’s take a look at the progress. Details of installation and cutting can be found here.
Charlie took up the old floor but left the 3/4 inch plywood sub-floor. The baseboard trim had already been removed.
Each piece of laminate was marked and cut as we went along. The first course was laid at the back of the room and we worked our way toward the door.
First we dry-laid the floor making sure the sections would fit tightly with the recommended 1/4 inch gap around the walls.
Before installing the laminate the entiresub-floor was primed then covered with foam underlayment which attached to the next piece of underlayment by means of a sticky strip that ran down one side.
The tongue-in-groove floor was laid on top of the foam.
We continued a second day of flooring by laying planks through the center of the room maintaining a 1/4 inch margin around the edges with the help of spacers.
The entrance end of the room was the last to be laid and needed a partial piece to fit in the doorway.
All through the project we used a 2″ x 4″ scrap to force the tongue tightly into the groove. Care must be taken not to break or destroy the fragile edge of the laminate. Unfortunately we ruined a couple pieces by 1.) careless clamping and 2.) using a metal tool against the sides.
This floor is finished.
We also plan to add trim around the walls and caulk the floor on the tub side. The trim is a separate item on our to-do list because we usually get to the 80%-done spot in a project and start a new one. Our next project will be trim, so we can call the floor officially laid.
Is finishing a challenge for you? Or do you continue to work until the project is COMPLETE?