Re: floor installation
Depends on the intricacy of the layout, such as an open floor plan with many rooms connected by hallway. When I installed mine I laid out from the centerline of the hallway that started at the front door and went through to the back of the house. From there I laid it both directions to fill the kitchen, dining room and a perpendicular hallway terminating at a 1/2 bath.
Originally Posted by jkirk
The flooring I used had a standard T&G edge, so laying in either direction was a piece of cake. With the advent of today's "click-n-go" flooring, one must start at the wall and work across the room because the flooring really only wants to go together in a specific manner, work backwards from that and the job becomes impossible. The cure here, is to lay out from the center-line of your sight line and snap a reference line. Now measure an equal distance to the starting wall from each end of the line and snap a second line near the wall. This becomes your starting line to lay the floor from one direction.
As DJ said, leave at least 1/4" gap (read the packaging for manufacturer's recommendation ) along all walls and stationary objects (cabinets, door jambs, etc. ). This is to allow for expansion and contraction of the flooring material. Door jambs can be under cut so that the flooring slides under the jamb and trim, but you still need the gap to the wall and framing behind the jamb and trim.
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