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Proper Floor Installation Tips

“Whether you DIY or hire professionals, new floor installation has a good ROI and a fresh, welcoming feel.” 

-Designer Sienna Tucker 

Like painting, few things can transform a room the way new floors can.  Besides getting rid of the worn, dated flooring, new floors make a room look fresh and clean.  

But what type of floor installation do you choose?   Let’s explore 3 types and way the pros and cons of each.

Laminate flooring Installation with man installing

Floor Installation Tips

  • Stop short of having the floor smack tight against the wall.  Floors need a minimum of 1/4 to expand. Moreover, larger rooms over 25′ should have a 3/8″ gap, and over 40′ rooms will need a 1/2 gap.  If the flooring does not have enough room for expansion, it will buckle.
  •      If the substrate is soft or flexible, vinyl and laminate flooring will not stiffen up the floor.  You will need to fix those areas or add a layer of underlayment. 
  •     Using a water-resistant laminite, caulk the edges to prevent water from getting underneath the floor. The best caulk to use is a flexible silicone caulk that will allow the flooring to expand and contrast. 

Floor Installation Tips For  Doors and Cabinets

  • Leave a 1/4″ expansion gap between the floor and the cabinets.  Install shoe molding to cover the gap.  
  •  Nail shoe molding to the cabinet, not flooring.  This will prevent buckling.
  • Give the floor at least 24 hours to sit in the house and get acclimated to humidity and temperature.  Wood floors may need more time to get acclimated.  Also, the moisture content needs to be under 10%. 


Improper floor installation lead to the floor buckling

Hire The Tile Installation Professionals

Updating or installing new tile flooring is a strong investment for any home or business. When you work with Klappenberger & Son, you’ll work with an experienced and dedicated tile installation contractor.    Besides our tile installation experience, we can also suggest the right materials for your budget and lifestyle.

At Klappenberger & Son, we install several different types of tile materials, including:

Ceramic Tile

Porcelain Tile

Glass Tile

Slate Tile

Whether you need upscale flooring for a stunning entryway or prefer simple, durable flooring that can withstand heavy-duty daily use, we’re ready to work with you. The professionals at Klappenberger & Son find the right products and provide professional floor tile installation services that fit within your budget and timeline. This is so you will be thrilled with the final product for many years to come.

flooring installation of bathroom tile mosaic

Our Tile Installation Process

Whether you want tile installation in your bathroom, kitchen, or fireplace, we help you through the design and installation.

 Our team has access to the latest tools and installation techniques to ensure every project is completed accurately and properly, so tiles will look pristine and will not pop off. We keep our clients engaged throughout the entire installation process and work efficiently and accurately to ensure a job well done every time.

Every floor installation project we work on is completed using an exact process for lasting finishes:

  • Prepare tile foundation
  • Level substrate
  • Apply waterproofing layer
  • Determine tile layout plan
  • Begin laying tile and apply  mortar
  • Apply grout and sealant
  • Do a final walkthrough with you!

 Laminate Flooring  Installers Near You

With over 30 years of experience installing flooring, Klappenberger & Son knows what Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. homeowners expect in a quality, durable laminate flooring installation. Our laminate flooring contractors are the best installation professionals near you — we have years of experience installing and repairing laminate floors, and we take great pride in our work, knowing you expect professional service and quality solutions.

Properly installed laminate flooring is low-maintenance, durable, and it achieves a high-end look at a fraction of the cost of real or engineered wood flooring. Make sure your home’s laminate installation and repairs are done right the first time with the caring, experienced professionals at Klappenberger & Son.

Flooring Install Laminate floor

Our Laminate Floor Installation Services

Laminate flooring materials are growing in popularity because of their attractive, resilient, and durable surfaces, which can keep up with your most demanding daily activities. Ideal areas for laminate flooring are best for high traffic rooms like hallways, living rooms, and dining areas. At Klappenberger & Son, we have a thorough understanding of different laminate flooring materials and proper installation tools and techniques to ensure we install functional and durable flooring that best meets your family’s everyday needs.

Knowledge And Expertise 

All of our laminate flooring installation projects are completed according to precise standards and techniques, so you always receive the highest quality flooring installation for the best value. Our installation process includes an appropriate adjustment period to ensure the laminate flooring materials expand and contract properly for an exact fit without defects or damages. With Klappenberger & Son as your trusted laminate installation contractors, you’ll receive expert craftsmanship and dependable support from our knowledgeable team. We’ll do everything we can to ensure you get the lasting flooring you deserve.



Customer Reviews For Our Handyman Flooring Installation

Want to know what it’s like to work with us? Just ask our happy clients!

Daryl E.
Daryl E.
Home Advisor Reviewer
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The customer service was very good. The quality of the work is exceptional. The person who did the work is extremely personable and very experienced. He explained the techniques he used and provided clear instructions before he departed. I would highly recommend this company.
Merilee C.
Merilee C.
Home Advisor Reviewer
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They do a good job. Showed up on time and worked to complete the job to a high level of detail. Would recommend.

Why Choose Klappenberger & Son For Your Flooring Installation?

The Process

Our 30 plus years of best practices ensure both consistency and quality. Also, our training program gets everyone singing out of the same hymn book.

Pricing of flooring installation

We Itemize, so you can pick and choose what you would like us to do.

Our Team

We get it right the first time because our techs are trained and have a minimum of 5 years of experience!

Our Communication

The #1 reason problems arise is poor communication, and that is why we provide contact information plus daily updates.



Klappenberger & Son has the skilled and dedicated team you need to get the results you expect. We strive to always provide quality work at a fair price.  Areas we work include: 

Where We Work

  • Maryland
  • Northern Virginia,
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Miami Dade
  • Broward County



Talk to us today about your commercial or residential tile installation project — our team is happy to work with you during a free consultation to find products and installation solutions tailored to your needs.

Jon Knowles floor installation

We Are Here To Help With Your Floor Installation

We know that every home and homeowner is unique. Therefore, we offer free in-home consultations and project quotes to understand your specific expectations and find quality products and installation materials that best suit your needs. When you need a local, trustworthy floor tile installation company, trust the experts at Klappenberger & Son.