Installing Laminate Flooring

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Installing Laminate Flooring

Wow. I feel like a handyman.

We’re installing new flooring – laminate hardwood – on our main floor. Don’t let anyone fool you – it’s a lot of work. And we haven’t even started laying the floor yet.

First there’s the pulling up of the existing floor. That’s a bit of carpet that we had in the living and dining rooms – ugh! Pulling up carpet is a disgusting job, as those of you who have done it know. Seeing what’s under there should be enough to deter anyone from ever installing carpet in their home ever again.

Then there’s the job of removing the engineered hardwood flooring we had in our entryway, hall, and kitchen. We want one flooring material throughout the main floor, so this needed to go too. Another job and a half.

But then the fun really begins, as you hunt for joists under your plywood subfloor so you can shoot in lots of screws to GET RID OF THOSE LOUSY SQUEAKS. This is always fun, particularly in Canada where you can only get robertson screws, which frankly, suck hard. I don’t think they stay attached to the drill bit as nicely as philips screws. So you chew through a lot of screws.

Next up is underlay – this should be a nice easy step. Simply lay it down and tape it in place.

The critical step is actually getting the hardwood installed. We bought SwissLock laminate, made by kronospan, which is glueless and snaps together with metal clips. It’s supposed to be really good, environmentally friendly, doesn’t off-gas, long-lasting, etc. etc.

So we’re excited about putting it down, but you’ve got to (obviously) cut it to fit in certain corners, angles, etc. Hopefully this goes well. I bought a tablesaw to help with this, but I’m a rookie when it comes to physically cutting stuff up.

Ahh well. Back to work!

The Swisslock really didn’t do the job. As soon as we installed it, it started clicking like mad. So we returned the lot of it and got Formica brand instead.



August 25, 2004at 8:56 pm

can I ask where you purchased the flooring? We’re trying to match up existing flooring in our home..but don’t know where to buy it!

John Koetsier

September 2, 2004at 11:33 am

We bought it at King of Floors – they have Langley, Surrey, and Abbotsford outlets, I believe, and a (sometimes-up) website at


November 20, 2004at 9:02 pm

SwissLock laminate is new to me. Would like to get your review on my laminate flooring forum. Thanks! -T

Rosasco Araya

August 17, 2006at 1:29 pm

We installed your type of flooring before but now we need the directions to the representative who sells it from Bellingham WA. We need his phone number. I believe the company was By Designs Materials.
Thank you.

John Koetsier

August 17, 2006at 7:23 pm

Sorry, I don’t know that company. The place we bought it was King of Floors in Abbotsford, BC.

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