Laminate flooring is a popular choice for homeowners looking for a durable and affordable flooring option. Lakeshore Pecan Stone laminate flooring offers a beautiful and realistic finish that mimics the look of natural stone. This informative guide will walk you through the process of installing Lakeshore Pecan Stone laminate flooring in your home.

Step 1: Gather the necessary tools and materials

Before you begin the installation process, make sure you have all the tools and materials necessary to complete the job. You will need the following:

  • Lakeshore Pecan Stone laminate flooring planks
  • Underlayment
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw or handsaw
  • Spacers
  • Hammer
  • Tapping block
  • Pry bar
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Safety goggles and gloves

Step 2: Prepare the subfloor

Before installing laminate flooring, you need to prepare the subfloor. Start by removing any existing flooring and thoroughly clean the subfloor of any dirt or debris. Check for any imperfections in the subfloor and use a leveling compound to fix any uneven areas. Lay down a moisture barrier if necessary, especially if installing over a concrete subfloor. Make sure the subfloor is smooth and dry before proceeding.

Step 3: Install the underlayment

Underlayment is essential for laminate flooring as it provides sound insulation and helps to prevent moisture from seeping through. Roll out the underlayment across the entire floor, trimming any excess with a utility knife. Overlap each row of underlayment and secure with tape. Avoid overlapping the underlayment along the edges where the laminate flooring will be installed.

Step 4: Start laying the Lakeshore Pecan Stone laminate flooring

Begin by deciding the direction in which you want to lay the laminate flooring. Start on one wall and lay the first row of planks, with the tongue side facing the wall. Use spacers to leave a small gap between the planks and the wall, approximately 1/4 inch. This gap will allow the flooring to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. Use a circular saw or handsaw to cut the planks as needed to fit the length of the room. Remember to wear safety goggles while cutting the planks.

Step 5: Continue installation and interlock the planks

Continue installing the planks, using the tapping block and hammer to lock them together. Make sure each row is properly interlocked before moving on to the next. Stagger the planks so that the end joints of adjacent rows are not aligned, creating a more natural and visually appealing look. Use the pry bar when necessary to help fit the planks tightly together. Again, remember to leave a small gap between the planks and the walls.

Step 6: Complete the installation and trim the flooring

Continue installing the planks until you reach the final row. Measure and trim the planks as needed to fit the space. Once the flooring is fully laid, remove the spacers and attach baseboards or trim to cover the expansion gap along the walls. Use a hammer and finishing nails or a nail gun to secure the trim in place. Inspect the installed flooring for any loose planks and secure them as necessary with the tapping block and hammer.

By following these steps, you can successfully install Lakeshore Pecan Stone laminate flooring in your home. Remember to take your time and measure accurately to achieve a professional-looking result. Enjoy the beauty and durability of your new laminate flooring for years to come!