You can use your circular saw equipped with a carbide blade, but we recommend cutting from the back of the piece, especially if you have a net fit that will not be covered by base boards, such as against a shower stall or patio door. This adds a little more challenge to the layout, because you have to think in terms of making your cuts and overlaps based on where the printed grout lines fall. It seems to be more pleasing to the eye and it makes the room appear longer. This also keeps your blades sharper longer. You can use conventional woodworking tools on this flooring, although it’s a bit hard on the blades. If you have a long floor transition between rooms, such as tile-to-carpet, it’s best to plan your layout so there are full tiles along that transition. This can be particularly important when the layout involves a hallway where a thin cut of tile along one wall can look like a fat mistake. Another consideration with a tile pattern versus a wood-grain pattern is how the vertical lines in the layout fit the room.
Above the core is a pattern layer, which is essentially a photograph of almost any material you would use for a floor surface, usually hardwoods, stone or tile. Not only does it tend to make a hallway look narrower than it actually is, but can cause a lot of waste of material when installing. On both the table saw and the miter saw, the teeth enter the material from the top, which minimizes chipping. We used a portable table saw and our Dewalt 12-inch sliding compound miter saw (because it can reach all the way across the boards) to make most of our cuts. Our Dewalt 12-inch sliding compound miter saw can reach all the way across to cut the pieces to length. With wood-grain laminate floor patterns, you can use random lengths to begin and end each row of flooring as long as the seams don’t land too close to each other.
The most common is where laminate flooring is being installed in lets say a living room, and flows into the hallway. The flooring must be installed crossing the subfloor boards (at a 90 degree angle). The flooring pieces tip in at an angle until the tongue and groove match up. Insert the end section of the next floorboard at an angle to the first one, then lay down. The first row simply requires locking the planks end to end. There is a lot more in depth information about how to install laminate flooring and end at a doorway on this page. Usually it will be a little big and you will have to make more cuts to get it exactly right. If you have installers, do you guarantee their work? Also, read the instructions for your particular product when deciding which direction to work the floor. Proper installation ensures a strong and stable floor for years. With a preference for making art over cleaning and sealing grout, Graham could look forward to years of easy care with her new floor. Unlike most other flooring products, laminate is relatively easy to install, making it many do-it-yourself .
Many of the non-glue laminate floor systems require a specific order of installation such as left to right and top to bottom. That’s how she settled on a laminate floor with a tile pattern. In the end, it doesn’t matter which direction tile pattern laminate floor boards are laid because the pattern components are square. These need to be fitted so they are under the center of the door when it is closed and so can’t be seen from either side unless the door is open. In a room with an open wall on one side and lots of cabinets or furniture on the opposite wall, it may make sense to start with a full tile on the wall that will be seen. If you need to make a tapered cut along a particular wall, it’s better to do so with the largest tiles possible. The farther you can get the initial grout line from the wall, the better.
All of the grout lines must line up in both directions just like real tile. Before laying real ceramic tile it’s a good idea to position a row of tiles across the room to see how they will fit. It’s best to get things flat within 3/16 inch or so over an area that can be tested with a 6-foot level. And note too, you will need a vapor barrier if you’re installing directly over concrete. Because laminate floors float (are not fastened directly to the sub floor), they tend to bridge over low areas, which can leave a sinking feeling when walking on these areas. I recommend that you prance around your house singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.” That concrete mortar floor is an excellent base for your new laminate floor once you dress it up. Unlike real tile, however, each of these laminate pieces has multiple printed tiles in the pattern of each board. Homeowners Dallas and Marsha Graham installed tile pattern laminate throughout the first floor, including this bedroom.