How To Install Harmonics Flooring

How To Install Harmonics Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a fashionable and functional way to floor your home in most of the rooms. While it does take a little more work to maintain than most other types of flooring it is still very desirable. Most people would like to have hardwood floors in at least part of their home and hardwood flooring raises home values substantially. After looking at some of the benefits of hardwood flooring it is easy to see why so many people are willing to pay more for a home with hardwoods throughout.

While wood floors are desirable they are also very expensive. To solve this problem laminate floors or wood floor substitutes were created. Harmonics flooring is one of the most realistic laminate floors out today. They add quite a few features to make their floors resemble and act exactly like hardwood floors. Except they are cheaper, they require less maintenance, and they are easier to install.

What You’ll Need:

Materials

  • Harmonics Laminate Flooring
  • ¼ spacers to go around the edges of the room
  • Moisture Barrier
  • Molding
  • Trim Nails

Tools

  • A laminate flooring kit (optional)
  • Miter box or circular saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Square and Pencil
  • Hammer

Steps For Installing Harmonics Flooring

Step 1:
The first step to installing your laminate flooring is to determine how much of it you are going to need. This is pretty easy. Just measure the length and width of the room and multiply the two to get the area. Then you have to check the boxes to see how much area each one will cover. You want to make sure that you have more than enough flooring by quite a bit. You will be cutting the pieces so there will be some waste, and you may have a few pieces that are too warped to use although this is not very common.

Step 2:
After you know how much flooring you need, you just have to go to your local hardware store and buy the color that you decide on. There are normally 4 or 5 different colors available. They all feel the same they just look different. Use your square footage to buy this too. You can pick up an installation kit that has a few banging blocks and a little mallet. These aren’t necessary but some of the little pieces do make the job easier.

Step 3:
Clean the room that your installing the harmonics laminate flooring in completely out. Lay the ¼” spacers around the edge of the room. The spacers are very important for making sure that there is enough space for the floor to “float”. Laminate floors will swell and shift a little and it is important that they have a little room to do so.

Step 4:
When the spacers are all in place pick a corner of the room that you want to start in. Lay pieces one after another snapping them in to place. It takes a little bit of practice to get the pieces to snap in the slots but you will get the hang of it. If you have to tools you can use the mallet and the block to tap the piece in to place. After you get to the end of the room you will have to cut the piece to leave the row ¼” from the opposing wall. Take the left over scrap and use it to start the next row.

Step 5:
The next row will be slightly more difficult. You will have to snap pieces in at the side and at the ends. Again it gets easier with practice. You should make sure that none of the seams in the rows ever line up. Typically starting part of the last piece from the previous row will keep this from happening but just watch to make sure. After you reach the end you will most likely have to rip the last row. Only do one piece at a time because the width of the pieces will probably change throughout the room. Rip all of the pieces and install them like you did the other rows.

Step 6:
Now you just have to install the molding if you bought any. That should be attached to the wall with trim nails. Make sure not to lock it to the floor because that will keep the floor from moving. When the molding is in you are done.

You now know how to install Harmonics flooring. Hopefully your floating floor looks like you imagined it would. If you messed up and there are seams and edges showing you can always tear the floor up and go back to the mistakes. Fixing them before you get to far will make your life a lot easier but uninstalling isn’t that difficult.