Laminate floors are a great way to upgrade your interiors. It’s cost effective, stands up to the rigours of a busy family, and mimics stone or wood for a range of different flooring effects.

It’s also a simple DIY upgrade, but only if you follow the instructions. It’s easy to clip the boards together, but success lies in the best preparation. Before proceeding, make sure you read the instructions and recommendations in the box.

What are the laying conditions?

Read the instructions carefully. Make sure that the conditions for installation – including use of underlay, type of subfloor and recommended temperature – are all followed to the letter for best results.

Does your flooring need to get acclimated?

Laminate flooring like that available from takes time to get acclimated to its new environment. For best results, place the boxes of flooring in the room where they’re going to be laid and leave them there for between 48 and 72 hours. The instructions for your product will tell you more.

Mind the gap

You must leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. This is absolutely critical to the success of the installation because it allows your flooring to expand and contract as it heats and cools. The gap should be around 5/16 inch and included wherever the flooring meets the wall. This will prevent pinch points where the products can fail and ruin the installation.