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Top Tools to Lay Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring has become easier for the DIYer to lay, including many peel-and-stick options and click-lock options. Even with the increased ease of use, DIYers still need certain tools to lay their floors. By stocking these tools, you become the go-to place for customers and can also boost sales through these add-on items. 

Tape Measure. Laying flooring requires numerous cuts; using a quality tape measure and following the old adage of measure twice and cut once will make the job of laying floors go smoother. The Dewalt Atomic Compact Series offers a compact design with more control during measuring and features fractional blade graphics for easy measuring and durable blade coating for longer blade life. 

Tapping Block. Using a tapping block protects the edge of tongue-and-groove laminate and wood flooring when tapping the pieces into place during installation. The Roberts Tapping Block is made with a high-density polypropylene base to provide extended product life, and the 20-inch profile equally distributes maximum tapping force.

Rubber Mallet. Rather than using a hammer that can damage the edges of the flooring, a white rubber mallet helps pound pieces into place without leaving marks. Made by Bon Tool, the Trade Tough Rubber Mallet comes with an 11-inch wood handle and nonmarking white rubber head. 

Jig Saw. Easier and cleaner than using a table or chop saw, a jig saw is an easy way to cut floor pieces to length and cut around floor registers and outlets. The Skil 5.5A Orbital Action Jigsaw has a unique stable foot design that provides more control when starting a cut, and the four-position orbital cut control has two settings: fast or smooth.

Utility Knife. A sharp utility knife is ideal for cutting the laminate flooring underlayment and can be used to trim small pieces of flooring.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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