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Glueless laminate flooring is a new flooring alternative that makes installing laminate floors easier than ever. Instead of applying adhesive to the laminate planks where they join together, glueless laminate flooring is manufactured with special tongue and groove edges that click together and hold without the need of extra adhesive. It makes installing these floors about as easy and straightforward as a homeowner could hope for.
Glueless Laminate Flooring Prep
The amount of prep you need to do depends a lot on the type of pre-existing floor you're dealing with. One of the most attractive qualities of glueless laminate flooring is that it can be installed over just about any pre-existing floor, with the exception of carpeting. If you want to be thorough, it's certainly not a bad idea to tear the old out before you put in the new, but be careful about getting in over your head. For example, if you've got old vinyl or linoleum floors, it's best to let them be. Many contain asbestos that is released as a dust if you start tearing them out. They're not dangerous if you leave them alone, but if you decide to remove them, you'll need to hire a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to come in and do the work for you. Besides those precautions, however, all the prep work you really need to do is make sure the old floor is clean before you begin to lay down the new.
Let Your Laminate Age Before Installation
Once you purchase your glueless laminate flooring, you'll want to remove it from the box and let it sit in the room where it's going to be installed for 48 to 72 hours. This allows it to acclimate to the humidity in your home, and prevents it from tearing apart your floor during initial phases of expansion or contraction. Once the laminate has been aged properly, however, you're all set to begin installation.