Laying Laminate - A step-to-step instruction
Installing laminate flooring
Please note before laying the laminate!
First read this laying instructions carefully! Strictly follow these instructions in order to preserve the full warranty claims. Check the panels for defects under good lighting conditions. Warranty claims cannot be made if the panels have already been processed and installed. Remember that this laminate flooring is not suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms and saunas.
- To determine the required amount of laminate flooring, measure the room or rooms in which you want to install the laminate. Add approx. 5-10% for cutting. If the rooms have a non-rectangular floor area or if you intend to lay the laminate floor diagonally, it is better to consider 15% cut-off.
- Store the packaged laminate panels 48 hours before installation under the same climatic conditions as during installation. To avoid storage damage such as bending of the panels, it is best to position the laminate floorboards horizontally on the floor in their original packaging.
- An important requirement for the installation and long value retention of laminate flooring is a room temperature of about 20 °C and a relative humidity of 50-70%.
- The underfloor must be perfectly level, dry, clean and load-bearing. Level out any unevenness in the floor of more than 3 mm by 1 m in a professional manner.
- When laying laminate on mineral substrates such as concrete, cement screed, anhydrite screed and stone tiles, etc., a measurement of dampness 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 installing laminate flooring!
- Since laminate flooring is laid floating, it must not be glued, nailed or in any other way fixed to the underfloor surface (e.g. by door-stoppers)!
- It is advisable to sort the panels before laying laminate according to the desired grain patterns and by colour shades.
- Please process opened packages of laminate flooring immediately!
Checklist - For installation you need:
- sound reduction underlay
- polyethylene vapor barrier
- spacer wedges
- tapping block
- mounting aid
- pull bar
- Hammer (min. 300 g)
- If required:
- White glue D3
- joint sealant
Laminate laying with the 1clic2go system
Instructions for laying laminate with the 1clic2go system.
Place the first panel with the tongue against the wall.
- Snap the second panel into the first one from the top.
- Click in more panels until the end of the row is reached.
- Place the second row of panels with a proper offset and click it into place on the long side.
- Add more panels and click them in.
For more information download the 1clic2go installation manual
Laminate laying with the Click system
There are three installation options depending on the field of application:
A The glueless and quick installation.
- B Installation with Clickguard™. Clickguard™ provides the floor with lasting protection against moisture from above. The floor can be taken up and laid again.
- C Laying with glue also ensures permanent protection against moisture, but the work is more time-consuming. Furthermore, it is a disassembly for a possible second laying of the floor is no longer possible.
Step-to-step instruction how to install laminate flooring
Step 1: Lay vapour barrier film over mineral grounds
Before laying laminate on mineral subfloors (e.g. anhydrite screed or concrete screed) or over floor heating systems, it is essential to install a suitable vapor barrier film to protect the laminate against moisture. We recommend using PE (polyethylene) film for this purpose. Allow the foil to overlap by 20 cm and fix it with adhesive tape (e.g. aluminium tape for vapour barriers).
Please note: PE foil must not be laid on top of wooden surfaces!
Step 2: Apply footfall sound reduction underlay
To reduce the level of footstep noise, please use a proper sound reduction underlay. For this purpose a PE foam foil or another suitable underlay such as Eco Cork can be selected. A diagonal laying, opposite to direction of the panels, is recommended.
Step 3: Measure the room & cut the panels to size
In the case of non-linear walls, please transfer the outline of the wall to the first row of panels with a pencil. Then saw these panels accordingly. Measure the depth of the room before laying the laminate. If the last row of panels has a width of less than 5 cm, you must divide the available residual dimension evenly between the first and last row of panels. That way both rows are cut to size with the same panel width.
Be sure to maintain a 12-15mm distance to walls, heating ducts, pillars, door stoppers, etc.. This space is to be fixed using distance wedges. Expansion joints (min. 2cm width) are required when installing laminate flooring longer or wider than 8m. Please also bear this in mind if you want to lay laminate flooring across several rooms. Here the panels must be interrupted in the area of the door frames. The movement joints can be professionally covered with suitable profiles.
Recommendation: Lay the panels lengthwise to the main source of light.
Step 4: Laying the first row of laminate flooring
Ideally start the installation 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 spring side facing the wall and secure the gap with distance wedges. Lay the other panels in the specified order.
Step 5: Laying the second row of panels
The second row is started with half a panel or with the rest of the 1st row. Insert the long tongue side of the plank diagonally into the lower groove cheek of the panels already lying at a 30° angle. Turn it downwards under slight pressure. The horizontal cross joints between the panels can be closed with a hammer and tapping block. This is particularly easy due to the manufacturing with transition fit. The panels should click in without any problems.
Step 6: Installation of further panels
Tip! Generally, place the mounting aid (panel section with longitudinal spring profiling) on the longitudinal side at the height of the two head joints. This prevents damage when locking the panels. Fit in the last panel of the row with the pull iron. Start each new row with the remaining piece (at least 20cm long) of the previous row. The transverse joint offset from one row of panels to the other should be at least 40cm.
In the case of gluing/sealing, apply sufficient white glue of type D3 or Clickguard™ to the upper spring cheek. After approx. 10 minutes, when the glue has dried a little, swipe the leaked glue off using a plastic spatula. The residues should be completely removed with glue remover, a scratch-free pad or clear warm water. When using Clickguard™, work according to the instructions for use.
Step 7: Laminate laying around heating ducts
It is necessary to cut out holes 3 cm larger than the pipe diameter in order to install laminate around heating pipes. Saw out V-shaped "fitting piece", glue, fit and fix it with a wedge until the glue hardens. Then cover the cut-outs with radiator collars.
Step 8: Laminate installation between doors
Please shorten the wooden door frame so that a laminate panel and impact sound absorption fits underneath. Please ensure that the laminate flooring can expand undisturbed in the case of fluctuations in climate.
Step 9: Installing the last row of panels
Turn the last panel in the row by 180° (up-side down) to cut it to size. Place the decor side upwards next to the existing row (groove cheek to groove cheek) and wall side. Take the required edge distance into account at the end side. Mark the panel length and saw it to length. To avoid splintering edges, the decor side should point downwards when using electric jig or hand circular saws. Otherwise saw off from the top of the panel.
Carefully fit the last row of panels. The head joints of the last row are joined together with the narrow side of the tapping block if the panel width is rather small. After laying, remove the spacer wedges.
Step 10: The perfect finish - setting the skirting boards
For a perfect finish, attach the skirting clamps to the wall at a distance of 40-50cm and attach the skirting boards cut to size.