How to Install Tarkett Laminate Flooring

Installing laminate flooring can add a fresh look to your room without the cost and upkeep of traditional hardwoods.

Installing your floors

Tarkett floors can transform any room in 24 hours. With a little preparation and the right tools, installing your Tarkett floor will be simple, and not extremely labor-intensive.

Step 1

Design a floor layout plan for the room. Several factors will determine whether you lay the pieces lengthwise or widthwise, including size of the room, your own personal preference or the way in which the light hits the room. Running your floor parallel to the natural light that comes in through windows is popular, but it's entirely up to you.

Step 2

Verify that your subfloor is even, as an uneven subfloor makes it impossible to lay the floor correctly. Cut the bottom of the doorways with your handsaw, only about an 1/8 of an inch or so, creating just enough space for the Tarkett floor piece to slide underneath. Test the cuts by sliding a piece of the flooring underneath, to ensure it fits without getting stuck halfway under the doorway.

Step 3

Sweep the subfloor to clear any debris prior to installing your floor. Lay age-resistant damp-proof PE foil over your subfloor, making sure you overlap the edges by 20 cm, and tape the seam with duct tape. If you have a wooden subfloor, you don't need to lay the PE foil.

Step 4

Roll Tarkett foam padding, which is used to insulate the floor and decrease noise, over the PE foil. Or, you can opt to use Tarkett 3mm SoundBlockfoam, a product that combines the damp-proof foil and the soundproof insulation. If you choose to use the SoundBlockfoam you then do not need to use the PE foil.

Step 5

Remove your Tarkett flooring from the packaging and take your first board and set it down about a 1/4 of an inch away from your starting wall (on top of the foam padding). The grooved section must face outward, to enable other pieces to connect to it. Take your next piece and lock it in to the previous piece. It should click right into place, however, sometimes it takes slight maneuvering, or if you have a scrap piece of floor, connect it into the groove and tap it gently with a hammer until the other pieces lock together. Remove the scrap floor from the groove and hold onto it for further assistance.

Step 6

Complete your initial row by snapping and locking one piece to the next. At the end of the row, you will have to cut your Tarkett floor board using a miter saw for the cleanest cut possible. Measure the space and cut the piece to fit (make sure you subtract the 1/4 of an inch that you will need so your floor can float and not be flush against the wall).

Step 7

Begin your next row with the piece leftover from your previous cut. Make sure the end of the piece in one row doesn't line up with the cut end from another row. You will want to stagger your pieces instead, which will make your floor stronger, as it will have dozens of joints for resistance, rather than a few in the same area. Continue this pattern for the remainder of your floor plan.

Step 8

When you've reached the final row, you might have to cut your last pieces lengthwise to make them fit. Use the miter saw to ensure the same clean cuts for the final row as you did for the previous ones. Lock in the last few pieces and you're done.

Things You Will Need

  • Even subfloor
  • PE foil
  • Duct tape
  • Foam padding
  • Tarkett flooring
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • Handsaw