Can I begin installing laminate flooring in a hallway?


I have a locking laminate floor that runs continuously through two large rooms and down a narrow hallway. The boards run length-wise down the hallway, and through the large room--the hallway "rows" are 40' long in total--20' in the hallway, 20' in the large room. When looking at the overall floor the hallway is in the middle of the rows.

The hallway flooring suffered some water damage along one side. I need to remove it, replace the padding underneath, and replace the laminate portions which are warped.

Here's a rough diagram of the full floor. Each "|" represents a laminate piece--there are no transitions. In reality the pieces are staggered.

||| < this is the hallway flooring ||| ||| ||||| ||| ||||| |||||||||||| |||||||||| |||||||| ||||||||

And here's a photo of the hallway. The sections I need to remove and replace are outlined.

My question is how to remove the flooring from just the hallway. Ideally I'd be able to remove it...

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Laminate flooring is made to last, however sometimes you can run into issues and one of the most common issues is buckling laminate flooring. Buckling occurs when laminate flooring does not have enough space to contract and expand with temperature changes. Since it is a floating floor, the planks tend to contract when it is cool and expand when it is warm. Therefore it is crucial to take precautions to prevent buckling.

Buckling laminate flooring is easy to fix if you know how to do it. Before you begin, you should figure out what the possible cause is for the buckling.

Reasons For Laminate Flooring Buckling

Water and moisture damage Floor was not acclimated before the installation No expansion gap or the gap is too small When the floor was installed, the room temperature was unusually high or low No vapor barrier was installed, causing moisture damage Inability for the flooring to flat properly Floatation restrictions prohibiting the floor from floating properly...
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Not so long ago, I installed about 600 square feet of wood laminate flooring in my girlfriend’s house. Soon after the job was completed, I saw an ad on television in which a representative of a home improvement products company was showing a young couple how simple such and installation was. The salesman held his hands out, palms up, in a V shape, then rotated his wrists to make a flat surface across both palms. As he made this gesture he said, “If you can do this, you can install that” as he pointed to laminate wood flooring samples.

I have to tell you I laughed so hard I thought I was going to fall off the couch. Sure, the little hand demonstration was an accurate representation of how the individual sheets of flooring snap together, but that operation is absolutely the simplest part of putting in one of those floors. Here is a list of the biggest hurdles the do-it-yourself laminate wood floor installer must overcome, and a few suggestions from someone who has been...

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Can I install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor? – Dorothy

Hi Dorothy,

The short answer is yes, you can install laminate flooring over a ceramic tile floor, if the tile floor is in good condition, and the tile are well attached, level, and flat. The process would be the same as installing a laminate floor on a concrete slab.

However, if the existing ceramic tile floor isn’t flat and smooth, or if it has tile that are out of level or have a protruding corner, your laminate flooring will make you feel like you’re walking in a funhouse!

In that case, you can either opt to tear out all the tile and start from scratch, or use a leveling compound on top of the tile floor to even it out prior to installing the laminate.

Good luck with your project,

Further Information

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Where can I install laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring can be installed in almost any type of room whether it is below, above, or on grade. Floating laminate floors be installed over wood flooring, concrete, linoleum, tile, or almost any hard, flat surface, but not on carpet and not over another floating surface. Laminate flooring is not recommended for wet areas such as bathrooms, saunas, and so on.

Can I install laminate flooring on stairs?

Laminate flooring can be installed on stairs but it is recommended that you glue it to the steps with strong flooring adhesive. Allow the glue to dry completely before walking on the steps. Any moldings or transitions should be nailed to the steps.

Can I install laminate flooring on a porch or patio?

No, these areas often experience extreme climate variations. Laminate flooring must be installed in an area that is climate-controlled.

Is it possible to install laminate flooring over carpet?

No, laminate flooring must be...

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Don't stress about cutting or ripping laminate. The wood is soft and it doesn't matter very much how wiggly your cuts are because every single cut edge will eventually be hidden. Table saws always produce the best cuts, but you can use a circular saw (I recommend a lightweight cordless saw) or even a hand saw.

Why Ragged Doesn't Matter (So Much)

Your cuts will be covered over with baseboards, trim, or transition strips. You will never have an exposed cut end.

That's not to say you... shouldn't try to keep your cuts close to your pencil mark. If you deviate too much (1/4" or so), you will go beyond the area covered over by the materials listed above.

Mark and Cut

With your contractor's pencil and straight edge, mark your cut line firmly. For rips, you can clamp your board as shown here with spring-loaded clamps onto a work table edge or a railing. For cuts, the same thing except turn the board 90 degrees.

With your free hand, steady the...

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Do you have some ugly carpeting or dated linoleum flooring? Now's the time to update and the effort will really pay off. You will likely need an entire weekend to do this........................the project goes a lot faster if you have some help............. The tools and supplies you will need for this are of course the flooring (try to but the middle price range flooring as it is easier to install), a box-cutter knife, hammer and block of wood, a drill with screw bits (of course some screws 2" work well) , some underlay material, and the most important item I swear I would never do another floor without is a laminate cutter, we rented ours for $30 from Windsor Plywood and it saved a bunch of time and did not create dust. Also a jigsaw is helpful if you have curved cuts to be made and some wood glue. Total cost was approximately $500...

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How to install laminate flooring perfectly

Tips for laying glue-less click together floors

When you install laminate flooring, two of the most important things to get right are where you choose to start laying the first boards, and which tools you use to cut laminate flooring with.

Laying the first row

There are two things I generally consider before I decide on laying the first row to start the installation. Which is the straightest wall, and which is the trickiest area to deal with?

There's a bit of a judgement call to make. Ideally, in a normal square room I start laying the floor on the longest, straightest wall if it's parallel to the direction I want the floor to run (I generally lay the floor to run in the same direction as the light coming in). Once you have two or three straight rows clicked together it's usually plain sailing after that.

However, sometimes I start to install laminate flooring at the most difficult side of...

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Laminate flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years. As a floor covering option that requires less maintenance than carpeting and other types of flooring, laminated flooring is available in many different colors and styles. The flooring can resemble natural wood floors as well as provide the appearance of other flooring types. Fortunately, just about anyone has the skill set to install laminate flooring, making it the ideal weekend project.

Before you begin to install laminate flooring, it is important to assemble your tools and materials. Along with your choice of flooring, you will need a rubber mallet, hammer and nails, padding to go under the flooring, a utility knife and a coping saw to trim sections of the flooring. A tape measure and a pull bar will complete the basics required to do the job.

To install laminate flooring, it is necessary to prepare the space where you will place the flooring. This means taking up carpeting and padding, as well as...

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Will a laminate floor fade or change color?
How can I repair scratches?
Can I replace a single damaged board?
Can I sand and refinish a laminate floor?
How long will a laminate floor last?

What is the difference between a real wood floor and a laminate floor?

The main difference is that laminate flooring is not made of wood it is a photograph of an particular wood species or stone pattern that is adhered to a...

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Average Price per Square Foot

Laminate costs vary between $0.70 - $2.00 per square foot depending on type and finish. The most inexpensive types are maple, red oak and white oak. Hickory is the most expensive. Mid-range varieties such as acacia, cherry and beech cost about $1 per square foot. Prices fluctuate seasonally. Winter is usually the best time to buy. Overall cost is based on flooring area and complexity. For instance, a small room might result in a higher price if cutting, trimming and laying in a complex pattern or space require additional labor.

This hardwood flooring alternative is comprised of multiple layers of synthetic material that is bonded together. This often includes layers of natural wood and particle boards to keep costs lower than solid hardwood.

Technological advancements have allowed laminate flooring to look and feel like natural hardwood floors. Often, the top layer of laminate flooring is a thin piece of natural hardwood. Which...

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Buying advice and the tools you need for laminate flooring installation

Floor board interlocking system

Snap-together floors have specially milled tongues and grooves that lock together tightly when joined when installing laminate flooring.

The flooring we’re using for installing laminate flooring is similar to snap-together plastic laminate floors except that it has a surface layer of real wood. The 5/16-in. thick flooring has specially shaped tongues and grooves that interlock to form a strong tight joint without glue or nails. Once assembled, the entire floor “floats” in one large sheet. You leave a small expansion space all around the edges so the floor can expand and contract with humidity changes.

The cost of wood veneer floors (often called engineered wood floors) varies, depending on the species and thickness of the top wood layer. Most home centers sell a few types of snap-together floors but you’ll find a better selection and expert advice at...

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First of all, before laying laminate with their hands to prepare the floor. It must be smooth and without large fluctuations should not "walk." Ideally we should perestilat floor and make it out of plywood with a minimum thickness of 22 mm, the distance between joists 500 mm. May be placed on top of linoleum, wood flooring or coated subject flatness. Not recommended laying on top of carpet due to static electricity. When laying on the concrete floor moisture latter should be within 2.5%. Laminate flooring is not recommended to be laid in wet areas (bath, sauna).


Before embarking on laying laminate flooring it is necessary to keep in the room for at least two days at a constant room temperature and humidity. This is necessary to equalize the moisture content to prevent further shrinkage or swelling.

Before laying encouraged to review the rules, which are inside the package.

Tools Required

Self laying laminate you will need: a hammer,...

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Real hardwood flooring is becoming less and less common as laminates come on the market. That’s a real shame – laminates, no matter how beautiful, simply don’t have the warmth, depth, and durability of real hardwood. On top of that, it’s not possible to refinish most laminates, so once they’re damaged they’ve got to be replaced. The oak floors in my house are almost 75 years old, have been refinished at least once, and still have a lot of life left. That’s why, when the time came, we opted to install real wood flooring in our addition.

When choosing hardwood flooring for your project, consider first whether to install pre-finished or unfinished flooring. Pre-finished, solid hardwood is finished at the factory with a multi-layered process that typically includes some type of durability enhancer in the finish, like aluminum oxide. The finish is much harder and more resistant to wear and scratching than unfinished flooring and has the additional benefit of requiring no sanding...

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Floor Plank Installation FAQ-Things Pergo, Armstrong, and Alloc Don t Tell You

© 2009 by Kelly Smith all rights reserved

This is page 2 of the laminate floor installation tips FAQ. Can't find what you re looking for here? Check out the FAQ, page 1.

These tips are the direct result of a lot of great questions from readers via email so I decided to compile this FAQ. If you couldn t find an answer you need here or on page 1, email me here at and I ll send you an answer and include it in the next page of the FAQ.

Q. I have removed my carpet and the wood strips/nails that the carpet is attached to along the edges, and when I pull out the nails a piece of concrete comes off as well; before I lay my laminate will I need to fill those in with a self-leveling compound?

A. If you just have those small holes from removing the tack strip, you don t have to worry about filling them, although you can if you like. The reason...

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It is really critical to know a few good tips about how to install laminate in a hallway before you get started. I have broke this down to make this as simple as it can possibly be. I am really glad to be able to share this with you so you don’t have to go through the pain and agony that I did when I first started installing laminate.

I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Or at least I didn’t know any of the tips and tricks of the trade that I am about to share with you. So sit back and soak in as much as you can. I will guide you through how to install laminate in a hallway and I am confident you will feel like a pro when we are all done.

Things you need to think about before starting

First things first, if you have not started your laminate installation yet, than I recommend that you start from the beginning. I go through all of the steps for with you on my getting started page. You can get there by clicking on the link below.


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Installing laminate flooring in hallways can be one of the most difficult areas to install laminate flooring. Most hallways are not very wide and some have a lot of doorways, which need to be undercut. You need to determine where to end the laminate. If the laminate is ending at the doorways (not being installed into rooms)

There are two different scenarios when installing laminate flooring in hallways. The most common is where laminate flooring is being installed in lets say a living room, and flows into the hallway. How to install laminate from one room into a hallway. After installing the laminate into the hallway down one side, you will need to know how to finish the last row of laminate in the hallway. The other would be just installing laminate in a hallway where it does not connect to another room.

The more difficult installation is where laminate flooring flows into the hallway from another room. Mainly because the other room will dictate where the laminate...

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When laying laminate flooring, board direction is more of an aesthetic issue and less a structural one, as it can be when laying a hardwood floor. Board direction affects the sense of proportion in rooms, and you may want to change it at natural transitions points, such as doorways. This is seldom difficult to do, but you may need the help of a transition strip to soften the transition line and make it look natural.

Hallway Plank Direction

As a rule, laminate flooring looks best when it runs in the same direction as the long walls in a hallway. The sight lines of the floor and walls match, making the hallway appear longer and more spacious. But floor installation seldom starts in the hallway, and depending on the configuration of the adjoining rooms, it may be less confusing overall to maintain a uniform direction over the entire floor, which could necessitate running the boards across the hallway rather than along it. The best place to make transitions in the...

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When installing laminate flooring, knowing where the floor is going to end may determine where you will start the installation.

Lets say your starting on one side of your living room and on the other side you have ceramic tile where your going to end your flooring. Your going to want the laminate flooring to be parallel with the ceramic tile, if the laminate runs off at an angle there it can look really bad.

What I do is measure from the wall I'm starting from over to the ceramic tile, first at one end and then the other. If there is a big difference I adjust my laminate on the starting wall. (move one side in or out) To make it more parallel with the tile.

When installing laminate flooring I have to decide where I want it to be parallel, the wall can be way off sometimes in relation to the ceramic tile. So if that wall is going to be mostly covered with furniture, you may have to let the laminate be unparalleled at the wall where it wouldn't be as...

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Hallways can angle off from rooms in various ways, and those angles complicate matters when you're laying flooring. In some cases, you may be able to lay the flooring parallel to the hallway walls and make an angled transition that you can cover with a transition strip. In others, however, you have to install the flooring at an angle with respect to the hallway walls, because doing so allows you to install the floor continuously between rooms. Neither approach is complicated. If you opt for the first, you can buy transition strips from a laminate flooring dealer.

Installing Parallel to Hallway Walls

Sweep the hallway with a broom. Lay down a plastic, vinyl or tar-paper moisture barrier and staple it to the floor.

Measure the angle of the hallway with respect to the room on either side with an adjustable bevel. Draw the angles on two spare pieces of flooring with a pencil and cut them with a circular saw to make templates for the floor...

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How to Install a Laminate Floor | how-tos | DIY

Installing laminate flooring is a snap literally. A laminate floor is a "floating floor," meaning it is not fastened directly to the subfloor. It can be installed over any other tightly bonded flooring, making it ideal for retrofits.

Project Guide: Installing Laminate Flooring at The Home Depot

• Install flooring parallel to the longest wall or focal point in the room. • Measure the width of the room from this wall and divide the distance by the width of the planks. This will tell you what the width of the final row of planks should be.

Install a Laminate Floor - Lowe's

Interlocking laminate floating floors can be installed over clean and level ceramic, vinyl, concrete...

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