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One of the best parts about laminate hardwood flooring is that installation is a snap, literally. Planks are snapped and/or glued together using a tongue-and-groove system that allows them to fit snugly. What goes underneath your laminate flooring is just as important. Be sure to place a smooth and even underlayer of foam or some other resilient material on the existing floor before adding your planks. The underlayer will help with shock-absorption, but will also soundproof your floor. Floors that have a hollow sound when you walk over them indicate that the underlayer is either not smooth -- or not present at all. Be sure yours is even and pulled tight before even beginning your laminate floor installation.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|