If you’re using power tools, make sure they’re equipped with a dust collector. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified wood dust as a nasal carcinogen in humans. Manufacturers recommend using a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health designated dust mask. You may also want to do your cutting away from the installation site [source: Armstrong].
Tools and Materials to Install Laminate Flooring
While the tools and materials can vary depending on your existing floor as well as your new floor -- not to mention the scope of the project -- there are some general items you will most likely need.
Some basic materials will include:
- barrier sheeting
- laminate glue
- polyethylene tape
- quarter-round molding, baseboard or wall base
- end molding, threshold and other transitions
- stair nose, flush or over-the-top
- plastic sheeting to cover furniture or close off adjacent room [source: Armstrong, Do It Yourself, Couvreur].
Here are some of the tools you'll need:
- tapping block
- pull bar
- safety goggles
- utility knife
- tape measure
- carpenter's square
- saws: table, miter, circular, hand, jigsaw
- chalk line
- laminate floor cleaner
- white vinegar
- pocket plane [source: Armstrong, Do It Yourself, Couvreur].
Laminate flooring installation kits are available for about $20 and include tools like spacers, pull bars and a tapping block to help lock the planks together.
Read on to learn important preparation steps to take before installing laminate flooring.