February 1, 2013
Looking to install a laminate flooring on your own? Follow these eight simple steps.
- Get your laminate, prepare it for installation – Purchase about 10 percent more laminate flooring than needed because you’ll waste some just from cutting the pieces out. 48-72 hours before installation, you should stack the laminate flooring in your home flat on the floor. This will allow it to become assimilated to the temperature and humidity in your home to prevent mistakes.
- Clean and prepare your floor – You should clean the subfloor to remove dirt and debris. We have found nails from previous installations underneath the old lamination before. Make sure you remove all base molding (if you have any).
- Install the Vapor Barrier – Lay down the vapor barrier a row at a time. Read the instructions about whether or not you need to overlap the vapor barrier and some need to go up against each other.
- Trim the door jambs – make sure the new flooring is able to slide underneath the door jambs.
- Install first row of laminate – Lay the planks parallel to the longest wall. Install a 1/2″ spacer against the wall between the laminate so the floor is able to expand or contract without warping or buckling. The base molding will cover these spacers eventually. Place the spacers every foot or so along the wall.
- Install the rest of the flooring – Make sure the pieces of flooring fit together, leaving no gaps. The subsequent rows should have staggered joints to make sure the planks are not uniform (which can make them weaker, and look weird).
- Install the last plank – You will need to trim the last plank to have it fit. Measure the gap between the last plank and the wall. Trace the amount needed to be removed from the last plank to make a cut.
- Install the thresholds and base molding – Install thresholds where the end of the flooring meets doors. Remove the spacers from against the walls and install base moldings to cover up the gaps left for expansion.
When looking to make renovations to your home, give Total Renovation Group a call at (913) 451-7800 or contact us on our website,
September 17, 2012
When you’re trying to sell your home in a market like the current one, you want to have every advantage you can get. One way to add value to your home — and appeal — is with renovations. But which ones are worth the money and the effort? Read on to find out.
Three Renovations That Add Value
It’s hard to balance pouring more money into your home when you’re looking to sell it, but there are certain projects that can increase the value.
Kitchen upgrades always catch the eye of people looking to buy homes. Whether you go all out and upgrade cabinets, add islands, custom cooktops and ovens and more or keep it simple with staining or painting the cabinets, updating the fixtures or replacing countertops that have seen better days, you’re sure to add value to your home.
Bathroom renovations can be a little easier than kitchen renovations because they’re generally more contained and less of a disruption to your everyday life. Similar to kitchen renovations, you can completely gut a bathroom and install a new custom designed shower or a Jacuzzi hot tub, or you can update the fixtures, replace cracked pedestals and outdated mirrors and lighting. You’ve got plenty of options, and isn’t it always a relief when you walk into the bathroom in someone’s home and find out it’s nice?
Replace Your Floors
Whether it’s your carpet that needs an update or linoleum that needs to be ripped out and replaced with something new, the options are nearly endless when it comes to updating your floors. If you have pets or active kids, carpets can get mucked up fast, but fresh new carpet, classic wood floors or stylish tile can really turn heads when it comes to adding value to your home and selling it.
Add Value to Your Home With Total Renovation Group
We take pride in each and every one of the projects we take on, and you can view some photos of our work in our Project Gallery. If you’ve got a home improvement project in mind, we’d love to have a project manager call and give you a free, no-obligation estimate. You can learn more about our services on our website, or give us a call at 913-451-7800.