Installing Wood Laminate Flooring

Fred Giuggio (from QuickStep) and his crew are busy installing wood laminate flooring in the barn of the Victorian restoration project house.

Clip Summary

Bob meets with Fred Giuggio (from QuickStep) whose crew is installing wood laminate flooring. QuickStep is a glueless flooring. It's engineered using 8-millimeter board. The boards just click together on all four sides. The product has a 25-year stain, fade, wear, and moisture warranty, and comes in 25 different colors, including the 'bianco' selected for the barn/studio.

The crew puts the QuickStep Unisound 1/16 sound attenuating floating pad on top of the concrete slab and lays the QuickStep on top of that. It's quick and easy to install and, since it uses no glue, post-installation cleanup is a breeze.

During installation, spacers are placed around the perimeter allowing 1/4-inch for expansion. Boards are staggered to prevent joints from lining up. A board is locked in on one side, positioned as close as possible to the next locked-in board, then tapped from the end to secure the mechanism. If a board is damaged, it can be easily removed and replaced.

The product can be cut with a crosscut saw for installation around columns, etc., and it cleans with a dry mop.