One of the most important items in any decorating design is flooring. Since we were designing this for the purpose of an Airbnb we needed it to be incredibly durable. The must haves: water resistant, scratch resistant, good sound rating, long lasting, and easy to clean. We ordered numerous floor samples from various online sites and went to local flooring stores as well before deciding on a durable laminate flooring.
Since we would be laying flooring on a concrete slab it is very important to clean away all debris and ensure there is no moisture. Typical steps to install laminate flooring:
- Fully cover the concrete floor with plastic to act as a vapor barrier.
- Lay a foam/rubber padding underlayment on top of the plastic
- Install laminate flooring. Leave about 1/4″ gap on all sides of the floor to allow the boards to expand.
To save time the laminate flooring we purchased had a foam underlayment attached. It also came with “random width” planks. There are countless businesses and stores where you can shop all types of flooring. After researching for weeks we ended up ordering from Floors To Your Home and got a great deal at $1.99 sq.ft for the Columbia Oak Laminate. Snap and click installation, lifetime residential guarantee, and free shipping. Total came to $1,896.17.
The plastic vapor barrier was put down and since we did not need to lay a separate underlayment we got to work on laying the flooring. Getting the first row in place was the most difficult because there is nothing to work off of yet. Once you have your first row down then its just a matter of snapping & clicking. The random width boards came in 3″, 5″, and 7″. To give some character and randomize the look we came up with a system that would help keep track of what boards were going where. It looked something like this: 7,5,3,5,7,3,5,7,3. Once that pattern was down it started over, so on and so on.
Definitely invest in a small rubber mallet to ensure the snap & click boards are in place. Also, you will be on your knees for for long periods of time and knee pads are a MUST!
My oldest daughter loved helping and insisted I use her wrench and screw driver to lay the floors!
The floors were knocked out in about five nights. Working for a couple hours each night on my own.
Very happy how it turned out! Much better than that cold concrete slab.