Laminate Flooring Installation in a Sunken Living Room

The contractor did a far better job with our uneven floors than we expected and installed our new laminate just in time for Thanksgiving.

Submitted by William F.


Beautiful new laminate flooring

After quite a few years of living with carpeted floors and 3 dogs, my wife was tired of all the cleaning involved. Plus we had guests coming for Thanksgiving.

We decided to install laminate flooring for easier cleanup. I started out to do it myself 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. However, after I had ripped up all the carpeting, I quickly realized that I didn't really know what I was doing. I wish I had known beforehand that the floor wasn't going to be level. It would have given me more time to plan. In hindsight, before you get started on a project like this, I recommend lots of investigation of what's involved.

Our 17' x 20' living room floor was not only very uneven, it was a cement slab that extended 4 inches up the wall. There was also a fireplace in the room with a 2 foot high curved edge that had to be worked around.

What a mess! Living room floor after DIY carpet removal

Uh oh! We were in a real time crunch by this point. I wanted to find a professional to take over, to do quality work but somebody who could finish the job within the time frame before Thanksgiving, too.

I looked for a contractor online and contacted 3 or 4 people. Two of them came out and gave me bids, one didn't show, and the last one had me measure the floor so he could make me a bid over the phone. I hired the fellow who said he could complete it in time. He also happened to be the cheapest. The other guy was going to charge me a fortune.

Cement slab, ready for laminate flooring installation

The contractor had to float the laminate flooring over the cement slab. He must have used about 20 bags of float altogether! It took 2 days just to finish that and get it all dried. The living room was the worst offender.

After that, things went very quickly and smoothly.

I had moved everything out of the living room, but then my garage was full and I didn't have any place to put the stuff from the bedroom. They did a great job of working around it, though.

The contractor made a lot of potential problems simple, like covering up the wall where the carpet used to be.

We were very happy with the work and how they accommodated us. They did a real good job, far better than what I expected.

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