How to Install Laminate Floors on Walls? (5 Steps)

Except on floors, you can install laminate on walls too. So, how to do it?

To install laminate planks on a wall, you must smoothen the wall, apply laminate glue on the bottom parts of the laminate planks, and then press the planks against the wall. Also, you must nail and lock the planks to prevent them from falling off. 

You must start from the bottom of the wall to create a base for the planks to be mounted on. The wall must be clean and smooth for the planks to stick. Also, you can only install laminate floors on indoor walls. Laminate planks can’t cope with the outdoor weather elements.

Things To Know Before You Start

You can install laminate planks on a wall if the wall is clean, even, and has no imperfections. Laminate is a floating floor and can be installed on any surface, as long as the surface is even.

However, installing laminate flooring on walls is harder than on a floor. That’s because mounting the planks on a vertical surface is more difficult than laying planks on a horizontal surface.

You must use laminate glue and nails to install planks on walls. That’s because laminate floors’ click and lock mechanism isn’t strong enough to keep the planks in one place on a vertical surface.

Also, you shouldn’t use laminate planks for outdoor walls or to cover holes in walls. The outdoor walls are exposed to water and moisture that can damage the laminate floors. If you install laminate planks on outdoor walls, the planks will start to lift and buckle. 

Also, laminate floors won’t stick to a wall with wallpaper. That’s because the laminate glue will stick to the wallpaper instead of the wall surface. So, if the wallpaper starts to peel off, the laminate floors will start to drop out of the wall. So you must remove the wallpaper from the wall first, then install the laminate floors.

Types of Laminate Planks To Use on Walls

You must use laminate planks without an underlayment on walls. These planks are lighter and won’t put much weight on walls. Also, it’s easier to glue and nail lighter laminate planks without an underlayment.

There are two types of laminate floors; those with an underlayment (or foam padding) and those without an underlayment. The underlayment (or foam padding) protects the laminate floors from water and moisture. However, the underlayment adds too much weight to the floors.

If you install laminate floors with an underlayment on walls, the planks will be too heavy and will put more stress on the wall frames. Also, the underlayment will make it hard to nail the planks to the walls. 

However, if there’s a water leak (or moisture) on the walls, you must use underlayment under the laminate planks. That’s because the underlayment will prevent water from penetrating the laminate planks.

How To Install a Laminate Floor on a Wall?

To install a laminate floor over a wall, you’ll need the following tools and supplies:

  • A knife
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • A rubber mallet
  • Pull bars
  • A power saw
  • Tape measure
  • Laminate floor planks
  • Laminate glue (for the type of wall you are working on)
  • A pair of work gloves
  • Rags
  • A screwdriver

1. Prep The Wall

Prep The Wall

First, remove all the attachments, wall frames, and pictures from the walls. Also, remove light switches, wall sockets, and other extensions. The wall must be even and have no extension that can prevent the laminate floor from sticking. 

If the wall has holes, broken boards, or damaged areas, you must fix those before installing laminate floors. Once everything is removed, wash and clean the walls. 

2. Take Your Measurements

Take Your Measurements

Before installing the laminate planks, you need to know which planks will go where. To do this, you must accurately measure the width and length of the wall with your tape measure.

When you get the measurements, arrange the planks one after the other on the wall without locking them in place. This is to know if the planks will fit on the wall or if you need to trim the planks to size. You should remove grooves on the ends of the planks as the planks need to be square to stay flush against the wall.

3. Put Laminate Glue on The Planks

Put Laminate Glue on The Planks

You must glue the laminate planks to the wall. However, the glue must be compatible with the wall material. For instance, you need stronger glue for concrete and brick walls than for wooden walls. Also, you must apply the laminate glue on the back of the laminate planks.

You can install laminate floors on a wall without adhesive, but the adhesive will help the planks stay in place and close the gaps between the planks. If you don’t use glue for laminate walls, you must use more nails to nail the planks and keep them in their place.

4. Install The Laminate Planks

Install The Laminate Planks

Apply the laminate glue for each laminate plank, and place the plank against the wall. Laminate planks have locks on the side of the planks, so ensure to place the planks in the right direction. 

After you place the laminate planks against the wall, use the lock mechanisms to lock the laminate planks together. If the locks don’t click, you haven’t locked them in place or used the wrong plank. The right plank will give a click-and-lock sound when installed on the wall.

5. Nail The Planks To The Wall

Nail The Planks To The Wall

Once you install one laminate plank on a wall, nail it to the wall immediately. The nails will keep the laminate planks in place and allow the laminate glue to adhere to the walls. If you don’t nail planks immediately, the laminate glue won’t be strong enough to hold the planks in one place.

After you install laminate planks on a wall, leave them to acclimate or adjust for 2 days.

Laminate Planks Are Durable on Walls

A laminate floor can last up to 25 years on indoor walls if nailed. That’s because the laminate planks won’t be under heavy pressure or weight since the planks are on the walls, not the floor. However, it’s important to know that if you don’t nail laminate planks, the laminate won’t stay for more than 5 years on indoor walls.

Laminate planks won’t last more than 3 years for outdoor walls due to weather elements (rain, snow, dust). The rain (water) will penetrate the laminate floors and will wash off the laminate glue. This will weaken the adhesion between laminate planks and the wall, and the planks will fall off.

To make laminate floors last longer, you must inspect the planks. For example, if one laminate plank is loose, you can apply an extra nail to keep it in its place. Also, after a while, the laminate plank color will start to fade, so you must paint laminate planks to make the planks (and the wall) look better. 

Types of Walls You Can Install Laminate On:

Concrete Walls

You can install laminate planks on a concrete wall. But, installing laminate planks on concrete walls is hard. That’s because the concrete surface is harder, so it’s difficult to glue and nail the planks into the concrete surface. 

To install laminate planks on concrete walls, you must use strong laminate glue. Also, you need a nail gun to nail the planks into the concrete. Nailing laminate planks on concrete walls manually is hard. 

Garage Walls

You can install laminate planks on a garage wall. However, you must clean the wall and remove the items before installing the laminate planks. 

Also, laminate planks (on the wall) can’t handle too much weight, so you can’t hang heavy tools or equipment on the laminate walls. The planks will collapse if you hang heavy tools on a laminate garage wall.

Kitchen Walls

You can install laminate planks on a kitchen wall, but laminate isn’t the best material to use on a kitchen wall. That’s because the kitchen walls are exposed to constant water and moisture. As a result, the wall laminate will be damaged by moisture and water.

So, laminate planks won’t last long on a kitchen wall.

Final Words

You can install laminate planks on indoor walls as long as the wall is clean, even, and has no imperfections. However, you must nail and glue down the laminate planks on walls to prevent them from falling off. 

It’s important to know that you shouldn’t use laminate planks on outdoor walls. 

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