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Laying laminate 

Instructions in 10 steps

LOGOCLIC® laminate is quick and easy to lay thanks to the simple clic system. Tongue and groove are simply clicked into one another until the floor is finished. Unlike with parquet flooring, there is no need for gluing because laminate is laid floating.

Nevertheless, there are a few points to be heeded during laying: 

Preparation

The step before laying laminate

  • Before you start laying laminate, please always read the laying plan in the PDF manual. Follow the instructions in the manual exactly to retain full warranty and guarantee rights.
  • Check the panels for faults under good lighting conditions – warranty claims cannot be made if the panels have already been processed.
  • Before installation, store the laminate panels for 48 hours under the same climatic conditions as for laying.
  • To avoid storage damage to the panels such as bending, place the laminate floorboards in their original packaging horizontally on the floor. The room should have a temperature of at least 18°C and an air humidity of 50-70%.
  • We recommend sorting the panels before laying according to required grain pattern and possible nuances of colour.
  • Please note that laminate flooring is not suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms and saunas! The vinyl floor elementPro is suitable for use in wet areas.

 

Step 1 - Vapour barrier film

Before laying laminate on mineral substrates (e.g. anhydrite screed or concrete screed) and over underfloor heating systems, it is essential to install a suitable vapour barrier film to protect the laminate against moisture. We recommend using PE film for laminate for this purpose. Allow the lengths to overlap by 20 cm and fix in place using adhesive tape (e.g. aluminium adhesive tape for vapour barrier).

Please note: PE film must not be laid on top of wooden subfloor!

Step 2 - Impact sound insulation

Use impact sound installation to reduce noise. A PE foam film or other suitable underlay can be chosen for this. Diagonal laying in the opposite direction to the panels is ideal.

Step 3 - Measure the room and cut the panels to size

If walls are not straight, transfer the outline of the wall to the first row of panels using a pencil and saw the panels accordingly. Measure the depth of the room before laying the laminate. If the last row of panels has a width of less than 5cm, you must divide the remaining dimension evenly between the first and last row of panels, so that both rows are cut to size with the same panel width. 

Always maintain a 12-15mm spacing to walls, heating pipes, pillars, door stoppers etc., which you must fix using spacer wedges.

Expansion joints (min. 2cm width) are required when laying laminate flooring longer or wider than 8m. Please bear this in mind if you wish to lay laminate across several rooms as well. Here, the panels must be interrupted in the area of the door frames. The expansion joints can be covered professionally with suitable profiles.

Recommendation: lay the panels lengthwise to the main source of light.

Step 4 - First steps for laying laminate

Start laying in the left corner of the room or in the corner of the room that has the smallest angle. Place the first panel with the tongue side to the wall and secure the spacing to the wall using a spacer. Lay the other panels in the specified order. (see video)

Step 5 - Lay the second row of panels

The second row is started with half a panel or the piece left over from the first row.  

Insert the long tongue side at an angle of 30° into the lower groove cheek of the panels already laid and turn into place downwards exerting slight pressure. Once flat, the horizontal joints between the panels are closed using a hammer and tapping block. This is particularly easy thanks to manufacturing with transition fit. The panels should click in without any problems.

Step 6 - Lay further panels

Tip! Generally, place the installation aid (panel section with longitudinal tongue profile) on the longitudinal side at the level of the two end joints. This prevents damage while locking the panels. In the case of gluing/sealing, apply sufficient white glue of the type D3 or Clickguard™ to the upper tongue cheek.

After approx. 10 minutes, when the glue has dried a little, slide any excess glue off using a plastic spatula.

Residues should be removed completely using glue remover, a scratch-free pad or clear warm water. When using Clickguard™, work according to the instructions for use.  

Step 7 - Lay laminate around heating pipes

It is necessary to cut out holes 3 cm larger than the pipe diameter for installation around heating pipes. Saw out a V-shaped “fitting piece”, glue, fit and fix it in place with a wedge until the glue has hardened. Then cover the cut-outs with radiator collars.

Step 8 - Lay laminate between doors

Shorten the wooden door frame so that a laminate panel and impact sound installation fit underneath. Please ensure that the laminate flooring can expand without any problems in the event of fluctuation in climatic conditions.

Step 9 - Lay the last row of panels

Turn the last panel in the row through 180° (i.e. upside down) to for measuring to size, place the decor side upwards next to the existing row (groove cheek to groove cheek) and wall side. Take the edge spacing into account at the end. Mark the panel width and cut to size. To avoid splintering edges, the decor side should be facing downwards when an electric jig saw or portable circular saws are used. Otherwise saw off from the top of the panel.

Fit the last row of panels using the pull iron. From the third row onwards, laying as shown in the figure. Start each new row with the leftover piece (at least 20cm long) from the previous row. The horizontal joint offset from one panel row to the next should be at least 40cm.

Fit the last row of panels carefully. The end joints of the last row are joined together using the narrow side of the tapping block if the panel width is small. After laying, remove the spacer wedges.

Step 10 - Set the skirting boards

For a perfect finish, fix the skirting board clamps at intervals of 40-50cm on the wall and attach the skirting boards having cut them to size first.

Laying with 1clic2go Pure

Instructions for laying laminate with 1clic2go Pure system

  1. Place the first panel with the tongue facing the wall
  2. Click the second panel into the end of the first panel
  3. Click further panels in until you reach the end of the row
  4. Place the second row of panels offset to the first and click these in to the long sides
  5. Add further panels and click these in

Download the 1clic2go Pure laying instructions

Laying with Twin Clic

  1. Place the first panel with the tongue side facing the wall. Clic the second panel into the end of the first panel
  2. Start the second row with half a panel or the piece left over from the 1st row
  3. Position the panel piece of the second row in such a way that the long sides of the panels in the 1st and 2nd rows are lying parallel to one another but are not clicked in place. Before clicking in place, position further panels to the end of the 2nd row
  4. Once the complete 2nd row is in place next to the 1st row, lift this by about 2 centimetres on the left-hand side
  5. In the raised area, the tongue of the panels in the 2nd row slides into the groove of the 1st row
  6. Repeat this procedure along the entire 2nd row

Download the Twin Clic laying instructions

  • Impact sound underlay
  • Polyethylene film (PE-film for short)
  • Spacer wedges
  • Tapping block
  • Installation aid
  • Pull iron
  • Saw
  • Hammer (min. 300 g)
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • If necessary: Clickguard™
  • White glue D3
  • Joint sealing compound

The working time required for laying laminate depends on various factors:

  • Experience in laying laminate
  • Room layout
  • Number of doors and radiators
  • Number of helping hands

To lay laminate alone in a room approx. 20 m² in size, you should plan around 8 hours.

Laying the impact sound insulation: approx. 1h

Laying and cutting the laminate flooring to size: approx. 5h

Adapting to door frames and heating pipes: approx. 20-30 minutes per installation point.

With some practice and a helper for cutting and handing you the panels, working time can be considerably reduced.

There are three laying possibilities, depending on the application area:

  1. Glueless and fast laying.
  2. Laying with Clickguard™: If you wish the floor to be protected long-term against swelling caused by moisture penetration from above caused by spilling, for example, you should seal the laminate joints using Clickguard™.  The laminate can then be taken up and laid again.
  3. Laying with glue also ensures permanent protection against moisture, but the work is more time-consuming, and it can no longer be removed for a possible second laying of the floor.
  • Substrate: The subfloor must be level, dry, clean and capable of bearing loads. Level out any unevenness in the floor of more than 3mm over 1m in a professional way.
    • When laying laminate on mineral substrates such as concrete, cement screed, anhydrite screed and stone tiles, etc., a measurement of moisture must be carried out.
    • The following residual humidity of the screed must not be exceeded: cement screed; with underfloor heating < 1.8% CM; without underfloor heating < 2.0% CM anhydrite screed; with underfloor heating < 0.3% CM; without underfloor heating < 0.5% CM
    • Carpet is not a suitable underlay and must therefore be removed before laminate flooring is laid!
  • Underfloor heating: if you lay laminate on underfloor heating, heat this according to protocol first. You will find more information about this under laminate on underfloor heating.
  • Floating laying: laminate flooring is laid floating and must not be glued, nailed or fixed in any other way (e.g. by door stopper!) to the subfloor!
  • Profiles and skirting boards: provide an attractive finish after the laminate flooring has been laid, conceal transitions, expansion joints and the wall gap using matching skirting boards and profiles.

An additional insulating underlay is not permitted with products with an integrated footfall and impact sound insulation. This affects the LOGOCLIC® product groups Ambienta and Silentos. With these products step 2 of the instructions is not applicable.