Are you also tired of tired-looking carpets? Does remodeling your floors seem out of reach due to budget constraints?
As you will seen in any Costco Harmonics flooring review, this type of easy DIY laminate floor installation (see youtube video tutorial below) may just offer a solution to cash-strapped home owners! One popular example mentioned in reviews is the glueless Costco Harmonics Sunset Acacia line.
In fact, trying your hand at such an installation, can be the affordable route to giving your home’s living areas or bedrooms an authentic wood-look makeover! You can get all the atmosphere, without the expense and upkeep associated with hardwood floors. Check out the video below to see how a laminate installation is done.
Youtube Video Tutorial: Best Way To Lay Laminate Flooring
The complete Harmonics glueless laminate flooring range is available through Costco Warehouses. The click-together floor planks are made for easy installation. Once the room has been prepared, you can transform an eye-sore floor into a sleek and authentic-looking oak or acacia walking surface within hours. It’s literally a case of ‘install floor, walk on it’! No waiting period.
The great thing is that a Harmonics flooring installation doesn’t require the use of glue or nails. The tongue and groove planks are designed to simply click firmly together, forming tight joints. You will be creating what is known as a ‘floating ‘floor’, resting on your subfloor.
If you are a do it yourself home remodeler, such a flooring project can be tackled over the weekend and the whole family can give a hand. Some folks may still prefer to have the installation done professionally, though. It all depends on your level of skill and your diy spunk!
In the past some of the popular Harmonics lines were Harvest Oak, Royal Mahogany, Vintage Chestnut, Skyline Maple and rich Brazilian Cherry laminate flooring. At the time of writing you can choose from a variety of wood-look planks with attached pads, such as…
- Harmonics Sunset Acacia laminate flooring (7 1/2″ x 47 1/4″ x 5/16″)
- Savannah Hickory flooring (5 1/4″ x 47 1/4″ x 5/16″)
- Warm Hazelnut planks (6 3/16″ x 47 1/4″ x 5/16″)
- Camden Oak flooring (6 1/8″ x 47 1/4″ x 3/8″)
- Vineyard Cherry glueless flooring (4 7/8″ x 47 1/4″ x 5/16″)
Harmonics Flooring Review: Costco Sunset Acacia Highlights
- Authentic real-wood looks
- Attached underlayment pad for sound dampening and an authentic wood sound
- Create an atmosphere of warmth and elegance
- Resistant to wear
- Resistant to staining
- Patented glueless click-together system
- Quality High Density Fibre Board core for durability
- Tight-fitting joints and a smooth surface to keep allergens to a minimum
- Can withstand the traffic in a busy household
- Environmentally friendly
- No exposure to adhesive chemicals
You can also choose from a range of color-coordinated Harmonics Flooring moldings, including stair nosings, quarter rounds and skirting boards. These will help to ensure a professional finish.
Let’s see if I can answer some of your questions about this type of DIY project.
1. Can You Put Laminate Flooring Over Concrete?
Yes! According to Harmonics laminate flooring reviews, the range can be used on virtually any subfloor, from concrete to other hardwood floors. You need to make sure that the subfloor is completely level and dry before you install floor planks. Test a concrete floor for moisture before your installation. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding drying times for concrete floors.
2. What Do I Need To Lay Laminate Flooring?
A Harmonics glueless laminate flooring installation doesn’t require a whole bunch of expensive tools. The manufacturer supplies an installation kit, complete with spacers, a pull bar and the tapping block you will need. You will also get Harmonics moisture barrier sheeting for preventing moisture damage to your planks.
You will of course also need basic tools such as a hammer, a saw, a measuring tape and a pencil. Carefully check the installation instructions when choosing a saw, so that you are sure you won’t damage the surface of the planks.
3. Wondering How To Use Spacers For Laminate Flooring?
As the humidity in your surroundings changes from day to day or season to season, any flooring planks will expand or contract accordingly. This is why you need to take extra care with the recommended expansion gaps around the perimeter of your floor installation. If you don’t do this, you might be saddled with an unsightly, buckling floor…
This is where spacers come in. They help you to create exact and consistent expansion gaps as you install your planks. Harmonics supplies you with some spacers in their installation kit and you can purchase more as needed.
You will be using your spacers against the wall that will run parallel to your floor planks and along the adjoining walls where the ends of the plank lengths will be. As you progress you will again use spacers along the opposite wall. Don’t remove the first ones until your floor is almost done. Again you need to follow the instructions of the manufacturer with care. If you make a mistake here, you could void your warranty.
Also check how you should use spacers between adjoining rooms.
4. How Do You Prevent Laminate Flooring Water Damage?
Your first line of defense is the Harmonics moisture barrier sheeting you will install underneath the floor planks. This is a requirement, so don’t skip it. It protects your floor planks from any moisture seeping in from your subfloor.
A Harmonics flooring installation isn’t suitable for areas prone to excessive moisture, such as a sauna. Check that the line you have in mind is suitable for use in higher-moisture areas. Higher-risk floor spaces include the area around your dishwasher and washing machine where a mishap is very likely to occur at one time or another.
Follow the installation instructions carefully in bathrooms and kitchens, including the use of a water repellant silicone sealant in the expansion spaces along the walls. Please note that not all laminates are suitable for these areas.
Whether you choose Harmonics Sunset Acacia flooring or one of the other wood-types, standing water on your planks will be enemy number one, according to reviews. So, be sure to wipe any and all spills immediately and drying the floor with care.
5. What Do You Clean Laminate Flooring With?
One of the pros of laminate products is that it is low-maintenance, compared to hardwood floors.
Day-to-day cleaning involves little more than a soft and dry microfiber cleaner. You do want to handle these floors with extra care, so no scrubbing or robust vacuuming.
Wet washing isn’t allowed. If you do need a bit of moisture, be sure to use the dedicated Harmonics Wood and Laminate Floor Maintenance Kit. This will allow you to stay within the warranty regulations. No other soaps or waxes should be used for cleaning and shining.
How To Prevent Common Laminate Flooring Issues And Mistakes
1. Buy From The Same Lot
Always buy what you need from the same lot to ensure an even color distribution throughout your installation. Different lots of Harmonics Sunset Acacia for instance, may differ slightly in color – enough to be noticeable. A line may also be discontinued after a while.
2. Start Small
If this is your first home improvement project, start with a small area first to get to grips with the process. You will be learning as you go along, and don’t want to make mistakes in an overwhelmingly large, complicated room.
3. Handle With Care
If you use a tapping block, do so gently and with care. Many an overenthusiastic first-timer discover too late that the tapping results in chips and dents galore.
4. Buy More Than You Need
With all of the click-together types of flooring materials section replacement should be possible. This means that you need to consider buying some extra for use in case of a mishap.
Keep in mind that once you install your laminate flooring, water damage or a serious spill may occur. If you purchased a bit extra from the same lot when you originally did the installation, it is fairly easy to replace that section. This can restore your floor and save you a ton of money.
5. Use Rugs
Create dirt-catching areas at all the doors which lead outside by getting some rugs or mats. I know it is tough to do this, but try to get the kids to wipe their feet before entering the home.
6. Felt Pads
Make sure that you have felt pads ready to place under furniture feet. Also ensure that casters are plastic and won’t scratch the flooring, or use a mat to be on the safe side.
7. Keep It Dry
All reviews warn that, if there is a mishap and liquid is spilled, it should be wiped up immediately. With any laminate floor it is crucial to prevent water damage. Don’t wet-wash your floors.
As bringing in flooring contractors can be an expensive proposition these days, many folks are now looking for easy DIY home remodeling projects. If you start with a small area to give yourself the opportunity to get to grips with working with laminates, you might find that you enjoy the challenge of doing this yourself.
Read any Harmonics flooring review and you will discover that the days of plastic-looking laminates are long gone. Costco Sunset Acacia gives you the warmth of wood at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Now, this type of flooring won’t add the same value to your home as real hardwood, but if you follow the maintenance instructions carefully and prevent water damage and other mishaps in a common sense way as I have shown here, your floors can look good for years to come.