What tools are needed to install laminate flooring?

Answered by Brett Kulina ~ December 2, 2012 ~ Comments

I want to install some laminate wood flooring in our living room (right now covered in carpet). I was planning on getting the prefinished flooring that just needs to snap together. What tools will I need to do this?

Margeret - Chicago, IL

Brett Kulina

Margeret, the advantage of snap and click laminate flooring is that there is no need to glue or nail the floor boards in place, which means that installation is fairly straight forward and only a few tools are needed to complete the job. Undoubtedly you will have to cut and trim a few of the floor boards during installation, so a small chop saw or a hand held circular saw will come in handy for making nice clean end-cuts. Depending on the layout of your living room, you may also have to rip-cut a row of floor boards to make them narrower, and ideally this task should be done on a table saw. Likewise, you should use a jig saw if any curved or irregularly shaped cuts are needed.

Aside from the various trimming and cutting that is required when installing laminate flooring, there is not much else to it. You will need to install a vapor barrier and some foam underlayment beneath the new flooring, so a tape measure, a razor knife, and a staple gun will also be needed. A level, a hammer, and maybe a small pry bar are the last few tools that you might need to complete your flooring project. Good luck and make sure to carefully follow the installation instructions that come with the brand of laminate flooring that you purchase.

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