October 25, 2010 | 3 min read | BuildDirect
When it comes to installation, cutting laminate flooring can sometimes be tricky. Here are some laminate floor plank cutting tips for the DIY floor installer.
Laminate flooring is an excellent alternative to traditional hardwood floors and can be much easier to work with. Often, the homeowner can install the laminate flooring directly over tile or an existing subfloor without extensive pre-preparation work.
But, you still have to know how to make the most accurate cuts in order for the installation to be a success. Here are a few tips to help you see to it.
Importance of the right measurements
The most important idea to remember when installing laminate flooring is the cutting of the flooring to fit into the room. The ancient construction adage of “Measure twice, cut once” works for any laminate flooring project.
A perfect cut will first depend on the measurement being taken and marked correctly on the plank that is to be cut. Impatience can often lead to inaccurate cuts and a haphazard, unprofessional look to the finished flooring project. The edging will take care of any imperfections with the end cuts, but only if great care is taken with the edging and fitting it prior to installation. In order to get the most out of the edging, using a fresh sharp blade and cutting finished side down are the keys.
Safety when cutting laminate flooring boards
Along with taking and making accurate measurements, safety should always be at the head of any laminate flooring project. Anyone undertaking an installation project, such as laminate flooring, should always make an attempt to set up an outdoor location to cut the product to length. Cutting the laminate flooring outside prevents dust buildup indoors and also prevents others from breathing in sawdust and particulates.
Wearing a dust mask when cutting, which should be done anytime wood products are cut, is also important for health and safety. One way to make sure everyone in the area is protected is to take the precaution of using the finest blade possible in order to cut the laminate. This will cause more time for the cut, as the blade will move more slowly, however it can be the best way to cut down on sawdust and produce a cleaner cut.
One plank at a time is best practice
When cutting laminate flooring, care should also be taken to cut only one plank of product at a time. No two cuts will be identical, even if the measurements are the same for two or more pieces. Fluctuations in blade teeth, where the piece is held on the saw and even how the measurement mark is made will affect the end result of a cut.
Cutting one piece at a time ensures the piece is being cut to exactly the mark that has been measured. Multiple pieces passing through the saw blade will result in a sloppier cut that may end up not fitting into where it was intended.
Patience is your ally
One last item to remember when installing laminate flooring is to cut as the project progresses. Impatience and cutting all of the pieces ahead of time will chance an end result that does not look professional and finished. Even if the measurements are taken at the beginning of the project, these may change as the project progresses, causing needless wasting of product and money.
Think about safety and skill
How would you assess your own levels of competence around power tools? What about your comfort levels? These are questions to ask when you’re deciding on a DIY laminate flooring installation, or hiring an established professional. Comfort and confidence will help to ensure the best job. If you’ve got both, great. If you’re not too sure, it might be best to hire a professional.
You be the judge. Either way, enjoy your new flooring!
[This post was updated on December, 2015]
This article is about how to cut laminate flooring lengthwise. You can choose to install laminate flooring by yourself, as to keep costs as low as possible, but you have to master a few techniques to get the job done as a professional. Cutting laminate flooring lengthwise is one of the trickiest techniques, as it requires attention, knowledge and taking proper measurements. Generally speaking, you need to cut laminate flooring lengthwise when installing the first and last rows of laminate flooring, along the walls. In order to fit the laminate planks into position, you might need to use a pull-bar.
Always install spacers (1/4 – 1/3”) along all the walls or other items of the room, as to leave enough room for expansion. As in the case of any floating flooring, the laminate planks tend to expand contract over time and due to humidity changes, therefore you must leave enough in every direction. If you don’t install spacers, the laminate flooring will create peaks. Take accurate measurements for every laminate board you install along the walls. In most of the cases the walls are not perfectly straight, therefore the width of the laminate planks will vary. We recommend you to draw the cut line on each laminate board, one by one, as to get the job done properly.
If you use a jigsaw blade with downward oriented teeth, you should place the boards with the face up. In this manner the saw won’t chip the edges and you will get proper cuts. If you have a blade with upward oriented teeth, you should place the laminate planks with the top-face down. Use a pull-bar to lock the laminate flooring boards to the rest of the rows. Check attentively the flooring and repeat the procedure if you identify gaps between the planks.
Made from this plan
In order to cut laminate flooring lengthwise, you need the following:
- Laminate boards
- Eye protection
- Jigsaw / circular saw
- Level, carpentry pencil, l-square
- C-clamps, pull-bar
- Use a smart setup when cutting the laminate boards
- Use a blade with downward-oriented teeth, if you place the laminate board with the face up
- 5 minutes, one cut
How to cut laminate flooring lengthwise
Drawing cut lines on laminate boards
Step 1: Place spacers along the walls. As we have already said, it is essential to leave about 1/3” around all walls, as the laminate flooring might expand due to changes in humidity.
Step 2: Lay the laminate flooring board down, making sure the tongue is oriented towards the wall. If you are going to cut it with a blade having downward oriented teeth, you should turn it with the finish face up, otherwise place it with the top-face down.
Cutting laminate flooring along wall
Step 3: Use a straight edge or another laminate flooring board to guide the jigsaw / circular saw, while doing the cut. In order to get accurate cuts, clamp the straight edge (or a laminate flooring plank) to your board, making sure the blade of the jigsaw goes exactly over the cut line, at both sides.
Step 4: Place the laminate flooring board on a sturdy surface (saw horse) and lock it into position (with several C-clamps or with the help of a friend). Last but not least, cut the laminate flooring plank, making sure you go along the straight edge.
how to cut laminate flooring lengthwise
Step 5: Lay the laminate flooring board into position, using a pull bar to connect it to the rest of the rows. Work with patience and with great care and make sure you don’t leave any gaps between the boards.
Step 6: Repeat the process by taking measurements for every laminate board and cut them in the same manner described above. Work with great care and make sure you wear eye protection during the whole procedure.
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Updated August 17, 2021 By Michael O’Connor
Installing laminate flooring is a fairly easy job that many people can do. It is designed to be as simple as possible and have a low barrier of entry cost-wise as well.
However, one of the more complex jobs when it comes to installation is cutting the planks.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong when cutting laminate flooring. Because of the way it is constructed, laminate is prone to chipping and splitting when being cut.
To prevent this, there are some preparations you can make before you start cutting.
Cutting Laminate Flooring: Basic Idea
To keep your laminate flooring from chipping while cutting, there are some precautions to take.
- Measure the cuts
- Mask the laminate
- Cut on the back side
- Cut the tongue edge
By doing these steps correctly, you can make clean cuts that won’t cause chipping or splintering.
Tools You Need to Cut Laminate Flooring
One of the most important things to consider when cutting laminate flooring is the tools you use.
Laminate is essentially made up of pressed particle board with a thin veneer over the top of it.
When cutting through the planks, the particle board can chip easily. This can make it difficult to cut completely straight lines.
To eliminate this possibility, make sure you are using the right tools.
If you are making cross cuts across the width of the laminate, a circular saw is a good choice. The fast movement of the blade makes chipping less likely.
If you have to make rip cuts down the length of the board, this is a little more difficult.
Measure Your Cuts
The best way to avoid waste when cutting laminate is to make accurate measurements.
We have all heard the phrase “measure twice, cut once.” This is especially true with laminate flooring.
Because the laminate will be more likely to chip with a second cut, it’s important to get it right. That way, you can be sure that splitting and chipping doesn’t happen and you won’t have to throw pieces away.
Accurate measurements will also make it easier for you to get the laminate installed. Use a straight edge ruler instead of a tape measure wherever possible.
Mask the Cut Line
Before you begin to make any cuts on your laminate planks, cover the cut line with masking tape.
Two layers of tape is better than one and, if at all possible, cover both sides of the plank. This will help hold the veneer of the laminate together as you make the cut.
When you use a cutting tool, the blade pulls on the surface it is being run through. If that surface is thin, like veneer, it will chip away.
This is the same principle that happens when using a dull knife. If it is unable to completely slice through something, it will not be a clean cut.
Cut on the Back
You should also make sure that you are cutting on the side that will be facing the ground.
If you end up with any chips or splits, they are most likely going to be on the cutting side. Cutting on the downward facing end will keep the upward facing end clean.
Cut the Tongue Fasteners
Laminate flooring is held together with a tongue and groove-style fastener .
This is meant to allow the laminate to simply click into place. It eliminates the need for glues and adhesives and makes the installation that much easier.
When cutting off the tongue, don’t use a power saw. This small piece of wood is difficult to remove since it is so small.
Instead, you can use a utility knife to cut it off. It should be thin enough to slice away easily.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why won’t my laminate floor stay together?
If your laminate isn’t staying together , this could be due to improper installation.
As you walk on the laminate, it will shift and move. If it isn’t measured properly, this can cause gaps between the planks.
- Why is my laminate floor bouncy?
Bouncy laminate floor is usually due to water damage underneath the planks . When water gets underneath the laminate, it will start to eat away at the subfloor.
This causes bounciness and will eventually damage the structural integrity of the floor.
- How long does laminate flooring take to settle?
Laminate floor needs at least 48 hours to completely settle.
You should always let laminate acclimate to the environment. Let the planks sit in the room where they will be installed for at least 24 hours before installing.
Cutting laminate flooring is one of the more difficult things to do in the installation. You should buy at least 10% more than you need to account for mistakes.
However, if you follow the steps above, you can eliminate as many mistakes as possible during your installation.
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About Michael O’Connor
Michael J. O’Connor is a writer and marketing specialist from the Bay Area of California. A graduate of Sonoma State’s Creative Writing program, he spent many years as a contractor and carpet layer, learning the ins and outs of flooring and general contracting. When he’s not typing away at his desk, he enjoys hiking with his dogs, woodworking and collecting rare books.
Also, staggering laminate flooring is easy to do and should not add any extra time to your projected completion time of the project. In addition, properly staggering the laminate boards will ensure that the manufacturers’ guarantee will be honored should you need to make a claim. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Why you should stagger laminate flooring
The main problem with laminate flooring that has not been properly staggered is that it is more likely to separate from the boards it is adjoined to. In addition, in severe circumstances, the boards may lift or move out of place. This is because you create areas of your floor that are more likely to move as a single unit.
How much should you stagger laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring manufacturers often require their floors to be staggered anywhere between 6 to 12 inches, some manufacturers even want more. It is important to have a good understanding of the manufacturers’ guidelines before laying the laminate flooring.
Don’t ever short-stagger your flooring, it is both not aesthetically pleasing, and can also bring up some of the same issues as not staggering the floor at all.
The image to the left shows a very well irregularly staggered floor, and it is something like this you should be aiming towards.
Avoid H Joints
H-joints are often found on floors laid in a regular pattern, these should be avoided for both aesthetical reasons and structural reasons. Laying a laminate floor in a regular pattern decreases its ability to contract and expand as a whole unit, and instead does so as single laminate boards often causing gaps or even lifting like a hinge.
A good example of an H-joint can be seen in this image on the left. Notice how every second row of boards are uniform (or regularly placed). This should not be how you lay your laminate flooring.
Examples of H-Joints
Staggered Laminate Plank Plan
Below is an illustration of perfectly staggered laminate. Using this plan will reduce the amount of wastage, and ensure your floor looks amazing.
Plan each row in advance as you proceed to lay the laminate. Feel free to alter the plan to suit your personal preference, but always ensure the boards are staggered between 6 to 12 inches apart.
Before laying your first row – be sure to measure the width of the room in planks. Depending on the width of the room and the width of planks being used it may be better to alter the thickness of the first and last row, rather than discovering any discrepancies when laying your last row – see image below.
While there are no steadfast rules as to how you should stagger your laminate flooring it is best to be aware that you should be aiming to lay your floor in an irregular pattern with your stagger length to be in the region of 6-12 inches.
Laying your laminate boards in place prior to clicking them together is a good way to get a constant overview of how your finished floor will look, and whether your stagger is appropriate for that row.
When planning how you’re going to stagger your laminate remember to always leave an expansion gap around the edges of the room.
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What is the best tool to use to cut laminate flooring?
Jigsaw + special Laminate Cutting Blades The jigsaw is the best power tool to use to cut laminate floors with for a few reasons. It’s light, important because you’ll be picking it up all day. Also, the best blades are cheap.
Can I use a hand saw to cut laminate flooring?
Sawing your boards can actually be done with a regular handsaw. Make a small cut first and then saw on! It’s ideal for shortening laminate boards. Some tips to make it easier: put your saw line as close as possible to your bearing surface and don’t forget to firmly hold the piece you’re sawing off.
Can you cut laminate with a utility knife?
A utility knife can be used to make scoring cuts on Formica. Since all plastic laminates are essentially the same, cutting Formica with a utility knife is identical to cutting most laminates. This method works well for one or two shorter cuts, but is too time consuming and inconsistent to use for larger projects.
Where should I start my first row of laminate flooring?
Begin the first row of flooring by placing the planks with the tongue side facing the wall. Install the second plank next to the first by aligning the tongue into the groove and press the plank down to snap it in place. When you come to the end of the first row, cut the length of plank needed to complete the row.
Do you cut the tongue off the first row of laminate?
Place the first plank with the tongue side towards the wall, being sure to allow 1/8″ for expansion. We recommend cutting off the tongue on this first row to avoid any problem with the expansion gap. If it is too short, cut a new plank in half and use one half to start the second row.
How do you keep laminate from chipping when cutting?
How to Avoid Chipping Laminate Flooring When Cutting Cover the finished side of a piece of laminate floor with low-tack masking tape. Make a pencil mark on the unfinished-wood side of the laminate plank at the required cut length. Don safety glasses. Move the plank to a stable worktable with the taped side facing down.
Do you cut laminate flooring upside down?
4. Sawing laminate. If you’re sawing laminate with a hand saw, make sure you turn the good-looking side up. If you’re using a saw blade made for laminate, however, you should saw wit the good-looking side up, since a laminate saw blade as upside-down teeth, which means it splinters downward.
How many tooth saw blade for laminate flooring?
Diamond-tipped blades that are made for laminate and fiber cement usually have a low number of teeth to reduce the dust produced by cutting cement. However, typical circular and miter saw blades that are used for laminate will have 80 to 100 teeth for fine, precision cutting.
Can you cut laminate with a razor blade?
Vinyl tile cutting boards will also cut laminate tile material, since vinyl and laminate are similar. The blade on the tool is essentially a large razor blade installed on a board that has a leverage bar attached. When pulled or pushed, this lever presses the blade down, forcing it to cut through the laminate tile.
Can you cut laminate with scissors?
You need heavy-duty scissors to cut laminate sheeting. Laminate is surprisingly easy to cut. A pair of large, sharp scissors will do the trick. To avoid mistakes, always be sure to measure twice before cutting once.
How do you cut Wilsonart laminate flooring?
To precut Wilsonart RE-COVER laminate prior to bonding, we recommend using carbide tipped saw blades, router bits and laminate slitters. Cutting blades and router bits should be kept sharp and clean. laminate face down (adhesive side up) to ensure a clean cut.
How do you start the first row of laminate floor if the wall is not straight?
How to Start the First Row on Laminate Floor if the Wall is Not Straight Step 1: Mark the Expansion Gap. Step 2: Determine Out-of-Square Measurement. Step 3: Begin at the Starting Wall. Step 4: Mark Half of Out-of-Square Measurement. Step 5: Angle and Intersect Chalk Lines. Step 6: Cut Boards at Markings.
How do I make sure my first row of floor is straight?
Tie one end of a chalk line to one of the nails. Stretch the line across the room and loop the other side of it around the other nail. You should now have a chalk line running parallel to your starting wall. Snap the chalk line, leaving a straight chalk mark on the subfloor.
Does the tongue or groove go against the wall?
Which to Install First. Which side is the tongue, which the groove, and which goes first during installation? The tongue is the side that you will want to place against the wall as you start your laminate-flooring installation.
How soon can you walk on laminate flooring?
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.
Which side of laminate flooring is the tongue?
The tongue on laminate flooring is the small flat edge on one side of the board, this is the top edge that is going to angle and lock into the bottom side of another board.
How do you go around corners on laminate flooring?
Inside Corners When installing laminate flooring around an inside corner, you need to allow a 1/4-inch clearance gap between the flooring and the wall or cabinet or the board won’t fit. This gap isn’t necessary when installing hardwood, because you don’t have to interconnect the last board.
How do you fix gaps around a laminate floor?
Spread a bead of silicone caulk in the gap between laminate flooring and the threshold of an exterior door. Run your finger over the caulk to tool it the same way you would tool caulk along the edge of trim or along a window.
Are you looking to install laminate floorboards as part of your home’s flooring? Wondering whether it’s necessary to stagger the laminate planks and how to properly go about the same?
Laminate flooring is a floating floor designed with a click and lock system. While is not a rule, staggering your floating floor and understanding how to do it, makes your laminate look aesthetically appealing. Proper staggering of the laminate floor will make it last longer with minimal maintenance.
Here below is a guide on how to properly stagger your laminate floor.
How to stagger laminate flooring
When installing laminate flooring, the goal is usually to ensure that there’s a staggering pattern created between any two adjacent rows of laminate floorboards. You’ll want to avoid creating H-joint patterns and step patterns as much as possible, as these will undermine the visual appeal of the floor, while also compromising structural stability.
- H-joints occur when the aligned end joints are separated by a single row of laminate planks. Say for instance, that the end joints on the third row coincide with those on the first row, then- you’ll have created multiple H-joints.
- A step pattern- meanwhile- occurs when there’s proper spacing in two adjacent rows, with the planks in the third row being racked out at exact lengths. This results in a symmetrical appearance that gives off an unsightly visual aesthetic.
The key to the proper staggering of laminate floors is to ensure random end joint distribution. With such random spacing, every end joint receives ample structural reinforcement from the planks that lie on either side of it.
Floor Staggering Procedure
Cutting out the end joints at random lengths can be rather difficult, which is why we’ve developed a floor staggering procedure that you can follow for successful installation below:
- Start off by determining the length of the room using a tape measure. Then- divide this figure by the length of your laminate flooring planks. Commercial laminate planks typically measure three or four feet long.
2. Next, compare the resultant figure from the calculation in step one above with the minimum stagger spacing for your laminate planks. Generally, manufacturers recommend a minimum stagger spacing of six-inches. If the figure exceeds the minimum stagger spacing, we recommend using a whole laminate plank at the start of the first row.
Tip: Conversely, if the figure is lower than the minimum stagger spacing, multiply this minimum spacing figure by two and cut off the resultant amount from the starting plank. Therefore, for a six-inch minimum stagger spacing, you’ll want to cut off 12-inches (one-foot) from the starting laminate plank in the first row.
3. Now, after cutting out and laying the starting plank, lay the rest of the planks in the first row at random lengths. Once you reach the end of the first row, cut out the last laminate board to fit, while ensuring there’s at least a quarter-inch gap left at the end adjacent to the wall to support expansion and contraction of the laminate boards.
4. You should then use the cut-off laminate piece from the last step to start off the second row and install the flooring on the rest of the row while observing random staggering. Next- just like you did in the previous step, cut the last plank in that row to fit, while ensuring there’s a quarter-inch gap between the end joint and the wall.
5. For the third row, you’ll want to avoid starting off the cut-off piece from the previous row as you did at the start of the second row, as this will likely lead to an undesirable step pattern. Instead, use a laminate plank that’s been cut out to a random length.
6. Now, repeat steps two-five above for every successive three rows, for a staggering pattern with completely random plank spacing.
Here a video on how to install and stagger laminate flooring;
How To Cut Laminate Flooring for DIY project that you consider by your own? Laminate floor is offers you great flooring option for beauty and cost. It is durable, and gives affordable cost to install especially when you have this DIY skill.
How To Cut Laminate Flooring
Tools that you need for cut laminate flooring are tape measure, marking pencil, laminate floor cutter, jigsaw, coping saw, profile gauge and combination square. The laminate floor cutter is the tool that every professional use for cut laminate boards into length that desired. Instead of sawing the laminate, cutter chop the laminate board with tough blade and long handle. It is quiet without too much noise and no saw dust remains. There laminate cutters start from $70 for the cheapest base model and the higher 4500 for the professional done. For your DIY work to cut laminate flooring with affordable cost and good result and durability are Buller tools EZ shear sharpshooter cutter for laminate and siding that cost $250 and Roberts 13” cutter for laminate, vinyl and engineered wood that cost $179.
Step to step cut the laminate flooring
It seems that it is easy, but you still need to be careful if you want to have careful to result best pieces cut of laminate flooring.
Cut the length of laminate flooring
First to do is measured the length that you required use tape measure and mark the board. Use square and pen and create straight line across the board face. Use laminate cutter to cut the waste side line and remove any ink remains use damp cloth.
Cut the width of laminate flooring
Cut the laminate flooring width is needed for install the last board before into obstacle such as to wall, fireplace or to cabinetry. Please remember that laminate flooring need expansion space to keep the flooring with humidity and warm at least ¼ inch.
Lay the full piece laminate in the top of second last piece, snug to wall and measure for the overlap amount. Cut the laminate scrap as wide as the overlap plus ¼ inch to mark the space of laminate that have to remove. As the piece against the wall, put the guide into top of it against the wall too. Run the guide down to the board length hold the pen in outside base to mark the last piece for cutting. Cut the piece in waste line side and remove the ink use damp cloth.
Laminate flooring involves the use of often clear synthetic material as an alternative to natural flooring like wood or stone, for instance. The laminate floors are layered upon each other in a straight row sequence establishing a firm and solid floor surface.
Interestingly, laminate flooring itself is a by-product of natural wood. The wood, having undergone sufficient polishing, is then fused with lots of pressure. The result of this intricate sequence of events is laminate flooring.
Among homeowners, laminate flooring is increasingly becoming popular. It is a comfortable and less expensive to install alternative to most other types of flooring surfaces.
Cutting laminate flooring is as intricate as making it. Although it is a simple task that anyone, even inexperienced homeowners, can attempt, it requires a certain level of commitment and skill.
Care must be taken, however, because laminate flooring is made of thin materials that can break easily or at least disintegrate by chipping it. You don’t want to do that. What you want to do is make clean, professional slits across the surface of the board.
What Do I Need?
To successfully cut laminate flooring, you will need a few tools. These tools will assist you in achieving your desired results.
1. A Handsaw (Circular or Jigsaw)
A handsaw will help you make cuts across the board. There are several variations of the handsaw, however. The jigsaw will make curved cuts across the edges. A circular saw, on the other hand, is useful for making straight cuts.
2. A Pair Of Working Gloves
As a result of the nature of the materials in use, there is a high risk of getting ‘stung’ by shards of chipped boards. Hence, the gloves. The gloves protect your hands from possible harm.
3. Pieces Of Chalk
You will also need pieces of chalk. A marker may also be used, but chalk is more suitable for the job. Chalk is easily cleanable. The purpose of the chalk is to mark the areas where the cuts are to be made.
How To Cut Laminate Flooring
There are two ways of cutting laminate flooring. Both ways depend entirely on what you desire the laminate flooring for:
1. For Straight Cuts
For straight cuts, you will need a circular saw. Most people go into this unadvisedly and end up making chipped cuts all along the edges of the laminate flooring. To avoid this, you must make sure that the blade of the saw enters the board in an up-to-down sequence. This reduces the risk of chipping drastically.
You can also lay the laminate flooring on a strong, sturdy surface such as a table. The table will make sure you have a balance on the laminate flooring and a clear line of sight. If this is done, the chipping is reduced to the barest minimum.
2. For Curved Cuts
This is slightly more difficult to navigate. Naturally, a jigsaw is required for the job. A jigsaw makes cuts with a reciprocating action. This instantly makes it the best possible option for making curved cuts. Place the saw right across the centre of the board and make your cut. You must be careful, however, as doing this too quickly may damage the laminate flooring.
Steps To Cutting Laminate Flooring
Now, you possess the know-how on the types of cuts you could make on laminate flooring. You’re now going to find out how to go about the cutting. These steps require utmost attention and a slight misstep may result in chipping. No one wants that.
Step 1: The first step is to decide how you want to cut the laminate flooring. Do you want it in a circular shape? Do you want it in a rectangular shape? Answering these questions will certainly help clear the mind for the task that is ahead.
Step 2: Now that you have a clear view of what you want to do, you will need to make use of the chalk. With the chalk, mark the edge of the laminate and then draw to the other edge where you want the cutting to end. Doing this will help you saw through the laminate flooring with ease instead of randomly making unclean cuts.
Step 3: The next step is the most important. Now that you have made a clear path for your saw, you will need to cut accordingly. Be careful, though, as this is where it gets interesting. Align your saw with the very beginning of the line of the chalk. Cut slowly in a repeated up-down motion until you get to the edge. If you do this correctly, you will see a well-cut laminate flooring with minimal chipping.
Originally posted 29th July 2016. Last updated 22nd January 2020.
Managing Director Factory Direct Flooring Ltd
Once you’ve decided on the perfect flooring solution for your home it’s time to install it. Most flooring options are relatively simple to fit and are optimised to make it easier for you to do so with click or tongue and groove styles. However, sometimes you need an extra hand to guide you. If you want to know how to cut around radiator pipes, we’ve got you covered. If you’ve decided to fit your floors yourself rather than pay for someone to do it for you then we’ve got everything you need to know to attain the floor of your dreams.
How to install your floor
When fitting a floating hardwood floor you need to leave an expansion gap around the room so the floor can move as necessary. This is due to changes in the floor’s size over the course of a year such as expansion and contraction in response to the changing atmosphere in a room. The manufacturer will usually give you details on how much gap to leave, but it’s usually in the region of 10mm to 15mm. The gap is left all around the room and also helps to avoid things that may come through the wooden floor, such as radiator pipes.
How to cut around radiator pipes
It can be tempting when fitting a hardwood floor to drill a hole that is the perfect size for a radiator pipe to pass through. The finish will look good and you won’t have to cover any rough edges or hide the hole in any way. However, this can be a big mistake.
An expansion gap should always be left around radiator pipes so the floor can move. If the floor moves a lot and the hole you have drilled is not big enough, the pipe can burst in extreme situations. Most radiator pipes are 15mm in diameter so using a 25mm hole saw should suffice. Fit some pipe roses over the pipes to hide the hole after the floor has been fitted. This will give a professional finish.
Once you’ve drilled your hole to accommodate the radiator pipes you then need to make a way in which to slide the board around the pipe. To do this make out a 15-degree wedge that extends from the edge of the board to the drilled hole. Neatly cut down these lines with a fine-tooth saw and fit the plank around the radiator pipe. Cutting laminate flooring like this can be tricky, so be careful. Once you’ve put the plank in place, push the wedge back in with some glue to secure it in place.
How to navigate awkward floors
Curved floors in homes aren’t incredibly common but they do exist. If you’re one of the lucky few with such a unique feature, then chances are you’re having nightmares about cutting flooring. First of all, trace the curve of the wall by pushing a piece of paper against it and removing the excess. You’ll be left with the shape your boards will need to be cut to. Next, lay out the number of boards you’ll need to fit the curve and place the paper with the shape over them.
Use a pencil to make the shape as close to the edge of the boards as you can so that you don’t waste any wood. The best tool for cutting laminate in this instance is a jigsaw as it is easy to manoeuvre. Cut the planks into the correct shape and then fit them by using the board that’s closest to the curve of the wall first.
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Before I guide you through the steps of how to install the first row of laminate flooring, I want to be sure that you are ready for this step. Let’s go through a few things and see where you are at. By the time you get to this step you should already have-
- all existing flooring removed
- all of the door jambs should be cut
- your lay out is complete(You know how big your first piece will be)
All three of these steps are very important, but the layout process is the most important. If you don’t know how to do these things, that’s okay I will show you. Just start by clicking on the button below.
Let’s get started and I will show you how to install the first row of laminate flooring. It is really important to build a solid foundation to work off of. This foundation I’m talking about is at least 4 rows of planks.
Once at least 4 rows are together, then the floor can be moved to position, secured properly and now you will have a great foundation to build off of. The first thing that you want to do is lay out your first few rows of laminate flooring from wall to wall. You will have to make a cut or two for your beginning and end piece.
You want to somewhat have the laminate or vinyl plank close to where it is going to be so you don’t cut a plank short or long.
Step 2 – Move the floor into position
Once you do this, than we need to position these rows away from the wall to clear the vents, if there are any. The goal here is to avoid any cutting of vents or scribing to the wall at this point. This is going to really make it a lot easier to get started without dealing with a bunch of time consuming cuts.
We already have snapped a line on the floor using a chalk line, which is now going to guide us on the correct position of our floor. So grab your cheat sheet that we created ( these were also covered in the where to start video) and we will now use a number from it to move the floor to the correct position.
I first look at my cheat sheet to find a number on there that I will use to move the floor to that distance. My number that I’m going to use is 124 inches. Your number will most likely be different this is just my example. Once I have measured I then position the floor by moving it. Because you have a solid foundation built the floor will move without coming apart, but you should still have help with this part.
Now to make it easy to do some quick measuring for the final positioning, I measure from the line to the tongue and establish a measurement. I then use that same measurement to measure along the entire floor(from the line to the tongue) to move it into exact position.
Step 3- Securing the floor
Once we have the floor into position the next step in how to install the first row of laminate is securing the floor so it does not move. This is one of the most important steps in your entire laminate installation or vinyl plank installation.
You want a floor that is straight and doesn’t move. If it’s not straight and it moves it will be battle every plank you try to install. I use scraps of the plank or I just cut a plank or 2 to get several 6 inch pieces. I then lock these pieces into place using the locking system on the planks and then screw the scrap down to the floor.
This will hold your floor in place. I place one of these temporary boards on each end of the floor and on every seam. Every board that I secure, I measure first to be sure the floor did not move. This will ensure the floor will stay straight the entire way.
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Laminate flooring is layered like plywood, and the top layer usually consists of a coating of hard plastic. This coating chips easily, so you need to cut laminate flooring boards with care. A simple technique can help you avoid chips when making straight cuts, and another works well for curved cuts and notches.
When you need to make a straight crosscut or rip with a circular saw, measure and mark the cut line on the back of the board, and cut from that side. The saw blade enters the wood from underneath and emerges from the top, and most chipping happens as it emerges. Following the same principle, you’ll get less chipping to the surface by running laminate boards face up through a table saw because the blade enters that side of the wood first.
Curved Cuts and Notches
A saw with reciprocating action, such as a jigsaw, does equal damage to both sides of the board, so there’s no point in complicating your curved cuts and notches by cutting from the back. Instead, the best way to avoid chipping it to lay masking tape along the cut line, mark the line on the tape and cut through it. When you remove the tape, you’ll have a clean, chip-free edge.
Chris Deziel has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in humanities. Besides having an abiding interest in popular science, Deziel has been active in the building and home design trades since 1975. As a landscape builder, he helped establish two gardening companies.
Do you want to cut laminate flooring easily?
You just need to follow my instruction and cope up your design easily into the laminate flooring. As you are here, definitely you are going to make some design on your laminate flooring. Recently I have cut my laminate flooring and discover some new tricks to make the work more easily.
Look: I have mentioned some necessary tools and things which will be needed to cut your floor. You must purchase or hire these pieces of equipment. You must bring or arrange those things because these are the weapon of how to cut laminate flooring.
Scroll down the page below to see how to cut laminate flooring step by step.
Necessary equipment to cut laminate flooring:
Measurement tape: At first you will have to hire or buy a measurement tape. If you are just doing it for the last time, you don’t need to buy a tape. You can one also because it costs a very little amount.
Marking pencil or pen: Then collect or bring a marking pencil. You can use your writing pencil also to mark the portion that you are going to cut exactly.
Laminate floor cutter: this one is the most important tools to shape laminate flooring. Usually, professionals use a laminate floor cutter as it is not dusty and easy to cut. You can hire one or you can use a circular saw which is also used to cut the floor. Just pick the best circular saw for the job though, and use blades with 18 teeth per inch.
Jigsaw: If your design is curved or like that you will have to use a Jigsaw to cut the shapes smoothly.
Design paper: Sometimes you need to use ordinary paper to use as marking. The paper will be pre-shaped with design.
Table or a body: Finally you need a table to put the laminate floor to cut pleasantly.
How to cut laminate flooring step by step:
As I have mentioned the necessary equipment nicely with a little description. Hope, you have arranged all those things to begin the cutting process.
Step 1: Use the measurement tape to measure the floor and area. Remember, your area should match with the design or cutting area.
Step 2: Put the floor on the table or a plane place to make the design or shape where to cut. Here you need to use the marking pencil or pen to mark the area. On the other hand, if you want to cut the area with a design, you have use papers. Cut the paper as your design and put it into the floor.
Step 3: Now start cutting with your circular saw or handsaw if the floor is quite thin. In case of much thickness, use floor cutter to cut easily without much strength. Here you need to follow the marked line to ensure that you are not cutting extra area. On the contrary, if you are cutting with a design, you need to use a Jigsaw. You have to use it for a certain time to make the design smooth.
Step 4: Look at the downside to be sure that the saw is reaching to the down and up equally. Just keep the jigsaw vertically to ensure the position.
2 Best laminate floor cutters:
I have mentioned tow laminate floor cutter which got more easy and pleasant to use. Moreover, they are easy to handle the project.
1. SKIL 3601-02 Flooring Saw with 36T Contractor Blade: This is one of the best laminate floor cutters. Usually, professionals use this cutter mostly. The cutter is lightweight so that you could carry the cutter anywhere. You can use it to make the cross, miter, and rip cuts. You can cut solid, metal and laminate floor with just one tool.
- Weight: 0.16 ounces
- Dimension: 28.9×20.1×13 inches
- Model number: 3601-02
- Power: Corded Electronic
- Voltage: 120 volts
- Amperage capacity: 7A
Why should you buy this one?
Its power system is electric that is why you don’t need to push your strength. You are allowed to carry this tool anywhere for its lightweight.
2. EAB Tool Exchange-a-Blade 21000059- inch Laminate flooring cutter: This one is also a stronger one which is very popular to the engineers. You can cut laminate, solid wood, vinyl, and fooling up to 15mm which is 5 to 8 inches thick. Here you will have angle gauge which allows you to cut 45-degree angel. Amazingly, you don’t need to use electricity here as power. The popular fact for this cutter is its blade. You can sharpen it blade with sharpening stone which will be included with the cutter.
- Weight: 11.99 pounds
- Cutter dimension: 21x10x3.5
- Floor cutter model number: 21000059
- Power: No electricity needed
- Warranty: 1 Year
Why should you buy this one?
You are getting one year of warranty from this cutter which is trusted. Using this tool you don’t need to use electricity. Again you can change or sharpen the blade yourself with the sharpening stone which is included.
In this post I will explain how to mark a laminate plank and how easy it can be cutting laminate flooring around a doorjamb. I will show you a few great tips that you can use to do this. They will quite simply blow your mind. I use such an easy method here that you will be thinking , you can’t believe you didn’t think of it yourself.
Laminate installation- making a cheater board
The first thing you will need is cheater board. You will need this cheater board throughout your entire laminate installation. You need to cut a scrap of laminate about a foot long. Then you will trim off the female edge. The female edge is also known as the groove that receives the tongue or the male end. Here is a picture of the different ends.
Laminate installation- marking the doorjamb
You are going to need to watch the next instructions on cutting laminate flooring around a doorjamb. Its just easier to see than to just read so here is the video.
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Laminate flooring cutter Lowes can be so many. There are many brands, sizes, and prices. You can buy it based on your budget and adjusted to what you need. But it is better to call the professional or certified technician in order to cut your laminate flooring. Well, installing the laminate flooring could be something that not hard to do for a homeowner with handy skill. But for cutting and trimming, it needs practice, experience and of course skill. It is better if you call the professional rather than try it by yourself.
So, in this article we have several pieces of interesting information about the outline tools that will be used for cutting the laminated flooring. Besides the tools, we will also provide the tips and tricks in cutting the laminated floor. You can go to the Lowes in order to find the tools and equipment you need.
Tools for cutting the laminate flooring
In this section we are going to talk about the tools that will be used for cutting the laminated flooring. As we have said earlier, installing the floor by yourself may be pretty easy but it is not as same as cutting it. The tools are such as:
- Tape measure is the first thing you should have. In this section we are going to measure a lot. It is important to find the tape measure that could perform really well.
- Pen or pencil for marking. Before you cut the laminated flooring, you should mark the object. More accurate mark will result better cut.
- Laminate floor cutter is the most important tool. Professional uses this tool to cut the laminate flooring. And if you want to, you can get laminate flooring cutter Lowes with the best price with a little bit luckiness.
How to cut laminate flooring
As we have said earlier, it is better to call the professional if you want to cut the laminated flooring. But if you want to do it yourself then there are several steps you can follow. Actually you need to measure a lot of things before finally cutting it. Other than measuring, marking the board will affect the accurate point. More accurate mark will give you accurate cut to. Cutting the board can done through the length, the width, and around the obstacles. You might need jigsaw if you cut the board around the obstacles. Of course, the best price can be found at laminate flooring cutter Lowes.
If you’re planning to install laminate flooring in your home, you’ll inevitably need to deal with doorways. Whether you’re rejuvenating your floors in one room or your entire house, installing laminate flooring around exterior and interior doorways requires a few extra steps. Here’s a handy guide on laminate floor installation to help you deal with those tricky doorway areas.
Step One: Trim the Door Jamb
Before you install laminate flooring of choice, you’ll first want to trim your existing door jamb to make room for your new floor. If you’re removing old flooring, the door jamb may already have enough clearance for your new laminate. If not, you’ll need an undercut saw to trim your door jamb neatly and accurately.
First, butt a piece of laminate against the bottom of the door jamb and draw a line where the top of the laminate meets the door jamb. This line will be your cut mark. Using the undercut saw and a scrap piece of laminate for backing, cut the door jamb and adjoining trim away. If your new flooring doesn’t come with pre-installed underlayment, make sure you take the underlayment thickness into account when measuring your cut.
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Step Two: Measure and Mark Threshold Flooring Pieces
Once you trim the door jamb to the proper clearance, you’ll want to measure and mark the piece or pieces of laminate going through the threshold. If your flooring runs parallel with the door, you’ll likely have only one piece of laminate to trim.
Using a framing square, measure the depth of your door jamb by sliding the square under the newly cut gap until the tool hits the door frame or stud. Measure on the inner jamb as well as both sides of the door where the trim is located. Transfer these measurements to your laminate. If your laminate runs perpendicular to the door, you’ll have multiple pieces to measure and mark.
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Step Three: Cut the Laminate
Now that you have the exact measurements of your door jamb gap outlined, cut your laminate to fit nicely under the gap. Since you’re cutting a notch, you’ll want to use a jigsaw with a low-profile blade. A manual coping saw will also work if you’re not comfortable using the jigsaw.
Before you make any cuts, make sure the visible side or good side of the laminate is facing down. Coping saws, jigsaws, and even circular saws cut on the upstroke, so the cleanest side of the cut will remain on the visible side of the laminate when cutting face down.
Step Four: Install the Notched Laminate
Now install the notched laminate planks in the doorway. Since most new laminate flooring uses a click-lock tongue-and-groove system, you’ll have to trim off with your saw the upper groove of the laminate plank that comes before the notched piece.
You can use a planer or a power sander to make your installation. Once you remove the joining plank’s groove, slide the notched piece under the trimmed door jamb and press the piece into place. Since you removed the adjoining groove, you’ll want to use a PVA Type 2 glue on this joint only.
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Homeowners get to choose from a variety of finishing options when it comes to flooring. One of them is Laminate flooring, also known in the US as floating wood tile. The multi-layered synthetic flooring product often simulates wood or sometimes stone material. People looking to try a floating floor that uses dry installation are fond of laminate flooring material. We are going to look at how to cut laminate flooring without a saw in this article.
For those looking to just get to the meat of the question without scrolling through the article – I’ll save you time and say that I have used the EZ Shear Laminate Cutter and it’s the only thing I will use from now on to cut laminate. It is super easy to work with and makes clean precise cuts almost every time. It is worth every penny as it doesn’t create any saw dust and clean up is simple. I used this on my master 700+ sqft master bedroom and it performed fantastically. Now, on to the rest of the article.
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Unfortunately, laminate flooring does not come in the size of your room, they come in planks. You may be required to cut your planks into different shapes to fit on your floor and match your design. Based on the pattern you wish to have on your floor, you will be required to make some notches, straight or curved cuts to cover the entire surface.
The most crucial part about installing laminate flooring is cutting the material into proper shape. Making that precise cut can be hazardous and expensive in the end. Cutting laminate for beginners has always been a costly process especially when there are more waste and mistakes made. It is important to know the hard plastic coating on the laminate chips easily.
There are different standard tools that you can use to cut through the laminate surface. When it comes to cutting laminate flooring, most people always go for tools such as the flooring saw, hand saw, miter saw, circular saw, table or plunger saw, jigsaw and crosscut saw, for specialty straight or curved cuts. Saws may not be the best tools to use when you want perfectly straight crosscuts with no chipping.
Saws that use specialty blades can be effective but quite expensive. Also, if not properly used, saws can produce a lot of dust waste. If you are operating on a tight budget, then it is best to go for an alternative solution. There are plenty of standard options you can choose from and still get satisfactory results. For you to get a perfect job done on your floor, it is important to choose the right cutting tool.
In almost all suggestions on the best tools for cutting laminate flooring, different types of saws often dominate the lists. In the event that you can’t get access to a saw, then you will need to go with the best alternative tool for your project. With the right techniques and skills you can get precise and rip cuts by using tools such as:
- Utility knives
- Shears or Cutters
The advantage of using alternative laminate cutting tools is that they produce no dust during the process. If what you are looking for is a safe and easy to use tool for this kind of job, then the above list will suit your needs.
The difficulty that you are likely to experience when using a saw to cut laminate flooring is the risk of chipping the surface. Working with this material can be frustrating especially when you are not getting precise and straight cuts.
After damaging a couple of saw blades and boards, I learned that this type of flooring materials is harsh and tough to cut or shape. For this reason, you need to find a way on how to cut laminate flooring without a saw and still get
Determining the best way to cut laminate flooring takes into consideration a number of factors including the weight, structure and shape of the product you wish to get in the end.
The tool that I have found to be more efficient and effective for this task is the laminate floor cutter. With a cutter all you need to do is to apply pressure on the handle. Similar to a paper cutter, the laminate flooring cutter produces crosscuts. You will need to go through the following steps to get the best results:
- Mark the length of the crosscut
- Draw a visible line on the back of the board
- Lay marking tape on the cut line
- Feed in the plank facing up
- Line up blade of the cutter with the marked line
- Press down the handle to slice the plank in two
The laminate floor cutter is best for straight cuts. You use utility knives and scissors to achieve rip or curved cuts. The best thing about laminate flooring cutters is that they are commonly available.
For me I started with the EZ’s Shear Sharpshooter siding and laminate flooring cutter. I used this incision tool on my (800 square foot) master bedroom and the results were flawless. With this versatile, light-duty cutter, I was able to cut materials up to 9” in width.
Important tips for cutting laminate flooring without a Saw
When cutting laminate flooring, it is best that you cut the material from the backside to minimize chipping of the surface. It is easier to damage this type of flooring by making the wrong incisions. Cutting laminate flooring without a saw requires one to learn some techniques that most professionals apply to get quality cuts.
Before making the cut, one technique experts use is to set the planks parallel with the length of the room. The last board may not fit, so a cut will be required. The first step will be to mark the point that fits and cut off the excess material.
It is important to consider the fact that laminate flooring requires an expansion space of about ¼” to prevent it from buckling. Laminate expands and contracts with change in humidity and temperature.
As you can see, there are different cutting tools you can use for your laminate flooring project. Cutting laminate flooring without a saw can help a lot against chipping the coating of the laminate surface. With the right cutting technique and tool, you do not have to worry about getting chip-free edges. Go for a tool that allows you to make chip-fee edges and comes with a functional design that prevents airborne dust and the hassle of electrical cords.
Unfortunately, a laminate floor doesn’t come in the size of your room. This means you’ll need to saw some of your boards to make them fit. We’ll show you how to use three different kinds of saws.
Sawing your boards can actually be done with a regular handsaw. Make a small cut first and then saw on! It’s ideal for shortening laminate boards. Some tips to make it easier: put your saw line as close as possible to your bearing surface and don’t forget to firmly hold the piece you’re sawing off.
A jigsaw is a real all-rounder when it comes to cutting laminate floors. It’s best used to cut out shapes from your board. For example, when you want to place boards around your toilet or maybe a pillar. Always use a fine toothed blade and have the saw blade spinning before you touch the board.
Pro-tip: test the direction of the teeth on the saw blade of your jigsaw. It’ll show you if you have to saw up or down with the board’s design. By doing this, you’ll always get a nice cut.
Crosscut saw, plunger saw or table saw:
Angles and corners are these saws’ specialities. Set the angle you need on your machine, secure the board and start sawing. Watch your fingers!
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Planning & preparation
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Laying Rapid Fit Laminate
Line up an offcut of underlay and a floorboard with the architrave. Use a panel saw to trim the architrave at their combined height. Then, use a hammer and chisel to remove enough of the bottom of the architrave that the laminate will fit underneath it. Be sure to leave a 10-12mm expansion gap.
Ensure the floor is thoroughly prepared and the underlay is in place. Then, starting at the left-hand corner of the wall where the door is, lay the first piece of laminate with its tongue edge against the wall.
Move the board slightly so you can insert the necessary spacers between the board and both walls, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Line the next board up with the end of the first and press down to click it into position, maintaining the expansion gap to the wall with spacers. Continue along the wall until you can’t lay any more full boards, ensuring the line of boards is perfectly straight.
To fill the gap at the end of a row, lay a full board down parallel with your previous row. Flip the board end-over-end so it is upside down with the groove edge still facing you but the other end touching the end wall spacers.
Use a try square and pencil to mark a cutting guide line parallel with the end of the previous board.
Secure the board in your workbench and then cut with a jigsaw or panel saw. Place the cut piece into position to complete the first row.
If the offcut is at least 300mm long, use it to start the next row from the same end of the room as you started your first row. Otherwise, start the row with a new board sawn in half. Make sure that the joint between boards in adjoining rows is always offset by at least 300mm.
Put a spacer into position against the wall then place the tongue edge of a new board into the groove edge of the previous row, at a 20-30° angle. Make sure the end of the board is butted up against the wall spacers.
Line the next board up, so the tongue is joining the groove of the previous board at 20-30°. Press down to click into position. Continue to lay the row as described above.
If you need to fill a gap between your board and the door, measure the distance between the outer edge of the architrave on either side. Then, measure the gap between the first row and the door. Mark these measurements onto a board and cut it to size. Remember to allow for a 10-12mm expansion gap at each end.
Lay the board up against the architrave and mark where you need to trim the ends so that the board will be able to slide under the architrave. If you are laying your boards vertically, you’ll need to do this to all the boards that come into contact with the architrave.
Cut along the guide marks with a jigsaw or panel saw. Then, slide the first two rows of boards back from the doorway and join the piece of board you’ve cut.
Carefully slide everything back into position so the leading board fits underneath the architrave. Then continue to lay the subsequent rows of laminate as described above.
If you need to cut boards to fit the gap in the final row, rotate the panel 180°, so the tongue faces the wall. Then, measure the gap you need to fill, not forgetting space for expansion gaps. Once the panel is cut, lay as normal.
Laying Twin Clic Laminate
The method is very similar to Rapid Fit other than the locking mechanism. For Twin Clic flooring, boards in the same row are joined end to end by inserting them at 20-30° angles into the connection slot, then clicking them down into position.
Assemble the whole of the next row, including making any necessary cuts, before connecting any boards to the previous row.
With the angle of the new row at 20-30° to the previous one, click the edge locking connections into position. It’s best to ask a friend to help with this.
Fitting around obstacles
First cut the board to the correct length or width, so it would fit if the pipe wasn’t there.
Lay the board to the side of the pipe and, using a tri-square, draw a pencil line onto the board to show where the centre of the pipe is. Include an additional 20mm on top of the pipe diameter to allow for expansion.
Next, move the board so it is front on to the pipe and draw a line to mark where the centre of the pipe is. Where the two lines intersect is where the centre of the pipe will be positioned.
Secure the board with clamps and use a drill and 32mm flat wood drill bit to drill a hole where the two lines intersect.
Using a straight edge, draw a pair of lines from the edges of the hole to the edge of the board, each at a slight outward angle. Cut along these lines with a jigsaw or panel saw to create a wedge-shaped offcut.
Fit the board into position then apply grab adhesive to the contact areas of the offcut to hold in place between the pipe and the wall. Trim the profile with a chisel if need be. Hide the expansion gap with a pipe surround and secure as per manufacturer’s instructions.
Fitting a threshold bar
Be sure to choose a threshold bar that is suitable for your flooring. Carefully measure the width of the door frame, allowing for a 10-12mm expansion gap on both sides. Then cut the threshold bar to size.
If the threshold bar needs to be cut to shape to sit flush with the frame, carefully mark out notches at either end and cut with a hacksaw. Secure the threshold bar in place as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Before you refit the door, it’s likely you will need to slightly trim the bottom of the door to accommodate the height of the threshold, board and underlay.
Fitting skirting or flooring trim
If you removed the original skirting, and it is thick enough to cover the expansion gap, reinstall it now. Alternatively, remove all the spacers, trim down any membrane to just below laminate height, then measure the lengths of flooring trim you need.
Use a mitre box and handsaw to make 45° angles cuts at the ends that will join in the corners.
Use grab adhesive to fix the flooring trim to the skirting. If necessary, you can hold the trim in place with panel pins whilst the adhesive dries. Do not fix the trim to the laminate floor as this will prevent expansion.
Dealing with an unsightly floor due to your laminate floor lifting? Worried about the floor lifting being a safety hazard to your home’s occupants and whether you can fix it? Laminate floors can lift due to a number of factors, including unprofessional installation, an uneven subfloor, and moisture damage.
Lifting of the laminate floor is due to acclimation issues. To fix it, remove the baseboards to relieve the pressure. Gently tap boards back together and move along the floor patiently until the gaps are filled. Boards that have lifted and warped should also be replaced.
In this blog, we’ll guide you through the reasons why laminate flooring may end up lifting up and how you can fix this problem.
Why is my Laminate Flooring Lifting up?
If your laminate planks are lifting, it could be due to any of the following reasons:
1. Uneven Sub-floor.
If you install laminate flooring on a sub-floor that’s not uniform, some of the planks will likely end up lifting over time. This happens as the house occupants continually walk on the surface, resulting in weight pressure that causes the floorboards to move and lift or bounce. As you would expect, the lifting happens in areas where the sub-floor is raised.
2. Moisture Damage.
Just like wood flooring, laminate surfaces are vulnerable to moisture damage. Water can come from beverage spills, kitchen and bathroom overflows, and damaged pipes due to poor installation of plumbing equipment. Moisture damage in laminate floors is even more common when the sub-floor is made out of concrete and has no underlayment, as concrete is a relatively porous construction material. As the water seeps into the laminate planks, they start swelling and end up lifting and drifting as a result.
3. No Expansion Gaps.
Usually, during installation of laminate flooring (or other similar types of flooring such as solid wood and engineered hardwood), narrow gaps are usually left at the edges to allow for swelling and shrinking of the planks as room temperatures and humidity fluctuate.
If your laminate floorboards were installed without an expansion gap around the periphery, they’re more likely to end up lifting down the line.
4. Incorrect Application
The last thing you want to do is to install laminate floorboards in rooms where moisture damage is likely to occur- such as kitchens, bathrooms, and indoor pool rooms.
What’s more, if your heating system is installed beneath your flooring, you may want to check in with your laminate floorboard supplier to ensure that their product is suitable for installation in such areas.
How do you fix laminate flooring that is lifting?
Here are ways to fix wood laminate flooring that is lifting up depending on its causes;
1. Fixing Lifting Caused by an Uneven Sub-floor
To properly fix a laminate floor that’s lifting and warping, find out the actual cause to determine the proper restoration approach. For instance, if your floor is a floating laminate installation resting on a sub-floor that’s not level, you can correct the issue by implementing the procedure below:
- Simply lift the floorboards to get to the lifted section.
- Next, make sure you level the uneven subfloor. Concrete sub-floors can be leveled by grinding, abrading, or bead-blasting the surface. For solid hardwood sub-floors, however, you may need to call in the experts as the process involves complicated tasks such as the installation of shims and precision sanding.
- Once the sub-floor is level, install underlayment to level out any minor peaks and valleys that are still present on the sub-floor after the initial leveling.
- Next, lay the floorboards back in place using a tapping block and a mallet.
- Meanwhile, you should replace the damaged planks that were in the lifted section.
2. Fixing Lifting Caused by Moisture Damage.
Another common cause of lifting in laminate planks is moisture absorption. To be sure, you can check the floor and walls for signs of water leaks. Even better, you can call in a professional contractor to help you with the same.
After confirming that water damage is the issue, lift the floorboards to expose the sub-floor. Then, install underlayment to serve as a water barrier between the sub-floor and the laminate flooring.
If the laminate planks were installed in wet spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms, we recommend using a handheld rotary tool to apply a water-resistant adhesive. You can do this by using silicone caulk, like Gorilla 100 Percent and a syringe. Once done, you can use a colored wood patty to ensure the fixed part matches the color of your laminate floor surface.
3. Fixing Lifting Caused by Lack of an Expansion Gap
Finally, to fix lifting caused by the lack of an expansion gap between the floor and the wall, you need to cut the planks at the edges to create the gap. After removing the wall molding, you can use a jigsaw or a spacer to cut the floorboards. The recommended size for laminate flooring expansion gaps is 0.25-inches. Finish off by replacing the molding.
Can laminate flooring be lifted and re-laid?
Yes- laminate flooring can be lifted and re-laid, but needs to be done carefully to avoid splitting the tongues and grooves. You may want to lift your laminate planks to repair sub-floor issues then reinstall them in the same position once you’re done. Or maybe, you may be looking to reinstall the planks in another room as you make home renovations. Either way, it can be done.
To properly lift laminate planks off the floor, it’s advisable to use a tapping block and a rubber mallet, instead of a hammer. The latter option is more likely to cause damage to your planks. After working on the sub-floor and installing underlay, you can then re-lay the laminate floorboards in the same room, or even use them in another room. Crucial tools you may need include an electric jigsaw, a chop saw, and a drill.
Ways to Prevent the Lifting
To prevent lifting in laminate flooring, ensure the initial installation is done correctly, preferably by qualified flooring professionals. A skilled and experienced laminate floor expert will ensure that the sub-floor is level, the expansion gap is wide enough, and that potential moisture issues are sorted out.
During installation, you also need to ensure that the end joints on your laminate floorboards are correctly staggered, thus improving the floor’s pressure absorption capabilities. Consequently, this will help to minimize the chances of curling/lifting due to pressure from furniture weight and foot traffic.
How To Cut Laminate Flooring. One of the biggest factors is cutting laminate flooring. You can cut laminate flooring with a laminate flooring cutter, a circular saw, table saw or jigsaw.
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Laying a laminate floor is a quick and easy way to update a room in your home. How to cut laminate flooring. The trickiest part of diy laminate flooring isn’t necessarily laying it but cutting it to shape!
How to install a laminate floating floor.
How To Cut Laminate Flooring. Laminate boards can chip if separated incorrectly. How to install a laminate floating floor. Rather than sawing the laminate, the cutter chops it using a tough blade and a long handle used to exert downward force. Cutting laminate flooring should not be an extremely complicated process when you take the time to educate yourself, and have the proper tools nearby.
Lay lengths side by side and secure them with masking tape.
Since the material is thin, laminate flooring cuts quickly when the proper tools are used.
Any saw will cut laminate flooring.
Cutting a piece of laminate flooring long ways is called ripping the material.
To finish off the laminate flooring altogether, use a threshold strip to create a neat connection.
How to install a laminate floating floor.
The right tools to use, making straight or angled cuts and general advice.
Cut the plank to size with a jigsaw.
When laying laminate flooring , it’s important to get the cut a 16 mm gap around pipes.
Although there’s the old saying that a “bad workman always blames his tools, you’ve still got the right tools for the job! Don’t listen to what others DIY websites say about ways to cut laminate flooring because laminate is man made material that contains resins and glues that ruins the cuttings edges of normal saw blades. Blades may blunt fast and you can easily burn motor of your power saw by trying to cut laminate flooring with a blunt or incorrect blade.
Therefore, you need to avoid circular saw or miter/chop saw to cut your laminate flooring unless you have specifically designed carbide tipped blade fitted. This will last for a long time but they’re worth buying if you want to venture into laminate floor installations for living because they’re expensive! They also throw up more dust and this dust from laminated board is not good for breathing in.
Tools you need to cut laminate flooring
Each laminate flooring tool listed here has a quick description and there’s more information on ways to cut laminate flooring under the list:
With a utility knife, there is you need to change its blade frequently as they lose edge so that they cut properly. A dull blade won’t work effectively. You can also use utility knife to cut vinyl tiles squares around the corners for non-linear cuts and L-shaped cuts, if you heat the material in advance with the help of heat gun in order to make it flexible.
This is first on the list. You definitely don’t want to spend weeks picking black bogies out of your burning nostrils due to dust from the wooden boards such as laminates as they can even cause cancer. It’s also important to keep the room well ventilated and dust to the minimum. Cut laminate boards over a bucket so that all dust falls straight in, which also means less tidying up when project is over..
You can easily cut laminate plank material like any hardwood flooring with the help of circular saw right along the length of the piece with a power miter saw to cut off the ends.
Always use carbide-tipped blade specifically rated specifically for use with laminate material. Wooden blades won’t work with any laminate material and will just cut just few pieces of laminate before they dull out. Laminate planks mostly have top layer of melamine impregnated with aluminum oxide. This abrasive and hard material will wear quickly down any blades used to cut it. So avoid investing in expensive laminate cutting blades. Instead, go for cheapest available and install a new one after few hundred square feet of cutting.
Well, its pretty self explanatory, as every person who owns a toolkit has one. You can opt for either big chunky one for odd carpentry jobs or a pocket tape measure.
Non permanent fine tip marker pen
Pencils may wear down quickly and when you’re laying dark flooring, you won’t be able to see pencil lines when cutting the board. You can buy a fine tip marker for marking as it also wipes off easily with a damp cloth afterwards.
Laminate flooring tap bar
The laminate floor tool kit available online and in many hardware stores have things like 10mm spaces for the expansion gap, a tapping block and a pull bar. The biggest thing you want in your fitting kit is the pull that which you can use to scrap piece of hardwood for the tapping block and 9mm ply off-cuts for the gap if you don’t want to invest in the entire kit. This bar is essential to get the last board in and for closing gaps between the end of boards. It has a soft pad stuck to the bottom so that it doesn’t scratch the floor.
Jigsaw + special Laminate Cutting Blades
This is the best power tool used for cutting laminate floors. It’s not only light but also has best blades that are cheap. As materials like laminate ruin saw blades instantly, you can buy packs of laminate specific jigsaw blades that are cheap enough you can easily throw away once they’re knackered.
Forge Profile Gauge
You can use it not only for laying laminate floors but also as a scribing tool. It’s the quickest way to scribe or cut timer perfectly into an irregular/awkward shape.
Combination square is much better than a try square as it can be easily used to mark square lines and also as a rule to quickly mark parallel lines when cutting boards to width.
This glue can be used for different jobs such as wood, ceramics, metal and is waterproof and can also be stained, sanded or painted. It won’t get on your fingers.
Auger or flat wood drill bits
Drill bits are used to drill holes for radiator pipes. Get few pipe collars that match wood grain color and pattern to finely cover the expansion gap required around the pipes.
You can easily find these laminate floor cutting tools with many online sellers. The best way to get a good deal is to choose a reputable seller that offers quality products at affordable rates. Good tools will ensure quality results within a short time. So don’t hesitate to pay more in the beginning!
Can you tell me what circular saw blade and with how many teeth I will need to use for cutting laminate flooring planks?
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You will want a fine tooth blade. The more teeth the better. This will reduce the risk of chipping the laminate surface.
If the laminate is actually wood, then you will want something with as many teeth as possible (a “fine” toothed saw). You might also want to use masking tape or painter’s tape to reduce chipping. Just tape where you will cut, make your mark, cut with the tape in place, and edge chipping/splintering will be greatly reduced.
If the laminate is vinyl, rubber, or some other similar (softer) material, you may want to use a utility knife (what some people refer to as box cutters), as the softer material may not leave a sharp, clean edge if you use a circular saw (or other saw).
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One of the common questions people have when they are ready to install new laminate flooring is how to trim it. We always say it is an easy procedure but there are still a few things to consider before starting. Today we will give you tips and explain the tricky situations that may appear when cutting laminate flooring.
To do it properly, the planks of laminate flooring should be outside the pack or box from the day before starting working. The reason is that the planks may expand. This may be by only less than one millimetere per plank but if you are covering a big area, it could make the difference.
After most of your laminate flooring is already placed, it is now the moment to trim the planks you need to get the best results. To do so, grab a pencil or chalk and use it to mark the plank on the upper side of it (the side you will step on). You should do it on that side because it is the side you will be facing when cutting… why? Next step.
You can use a hand or buzz saw to cut your laminate flooring. Just make sure it has at least 18 teeth per inch. And this is for the same reason as the still unanswered question from before: we want to avoid kindling. And there is more likely to be kindling on the non visible side than the facing one when trimming, that’s why.
Up to this point is the easy thing about trimming laminate flooring. The difficult part comes when you need to cut the flooring not on along a straight line, but on a zigzag or curve. Yes, it could happen, it is not common, but it may be.
Use a sway saw for this. But, the procedure differs from what we’ve seen before. This time you will be trimming facing the opposite side of the plank. Anyway, you should use painting tape on the visible layer of the flooring, again to avoid kindling when cutting. Another good point to consider is to use a paper cutter using the desired shape over the plank. Doing so you will get an easier and more precise trim.
Can you think about any other tip or trick that could make the process easier and/or better? Let us know!
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