Can You Use Laminate Flooring Vertically on Your Walls?

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An accent wall is an excellent path to update your room unconventionally. 

There are many ways to create an accent wall, such as stone or brick veneer, pallet wood, or wood flooring that can take your space to new heights. Such is also the case with laminate flooring. 

This type of material is easy to clean, looks great, and is quite durable. It is also simple to install, so there are no extra headaches to worry about.

Below, we will take a closer look at using laminate flooring on walls in various applications. And whether it’s possible to install or not – in the first place.

Can Laminate Flooring Be Put on Walls? 

Laminate flooring is indeed able to be installed onto walls. However, remember that there are different kinds of laminate flooring, with some working better than others in certain situations.

This type of flooring comes in various lengths, widths, and thicknesses, which can affect not only the appearance of the wall but also the price of installing the flooring. 

Since the flooring won’t experience foot traffic, you don’t have to worry about getting the highest quality laminate flooring you can find. 

This could help shave down the cost of the materials. Even so, the wall’s finish and location play a significant role in what laminate flooring can go where. 

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with this before you move forward where you install the laminate flooring matters, especially regarding temperature fluctuations and moisture levels. 

Can You Use Laminate Floor on Garage Walls? 

Garages are slowly becoming more than just a place to park your car and for extra storage.

Many are transitioning them into extra living spaces, play areas, and man caves. 

Using laminate flooring on garage floors and walls is standard, making the space seem cozier and fitting in line with the rest of the aesthetic in your home. 

Lightweight boards can easily be attached to the drywall or wall studs using tape or adhesive or even nailed in place on the seams.

Can Laminate Flooring Be Used on Concrete Walls?

Though interior walls made of exposed concrete are sometimes a stylistic choice, many do not appreciate the industrial look of the drab gray material. 

Fortunately, the dry nature of the material makes it a prime choice for resurfacing. Covering up a concrete wall with laminate flooring is a similar process to installing it on drywall. 

The adhesive has to be quick setting and able to handle any potential moisture leeched by the concrete. 

Furthermore, nails aren’t typically an option in this case; you so may need to use a bracing system until the adhesive has correctly set. 

Concrete walls in the basement tend to have higher levels of moisture than walls above ground, so installing the laminate flooring right over the top of the walls may not be feasible. 

Consider insulating and strapping the wall first while including a vapor barrier, and then finish it off with drywall before installing the flooring. 

Backsplashes

Besides concrete walls, laminate flooring can also be used as backsplashes since these are wall areas. It is an excellent alternative to solid wood for those who are on a budget. 

It can also be easy to fit around cabinetry, switches, and outlets.

If you want to use laminate flooring as a backsplash, use the same kind of sheet laminate you would for countertops. 

First, you should cover the drywall with particle board or plywood before installing the planks to ensure that the glue sticks to it well. 

how to install laminate flooring on walls?

Tips and Techniques for Installing Laminate Flooring on Walls

To begin, you will need to find thin, lightweight laminate flooring that does not have any underlay or pre-attached padding. 

The laminate usually is available in drop and lock, quick lock, overlapping, groove and tongue, and angled edge joints to help you join them together. 

Choose the one you are comfortable installing, especially if you intend to be working on a ladder. 

Consider the fact that laminate flooring may contract and expand with variations in temperature and moisture.

Because it reacts to environmental changes, you should keep that in mind when installing it. 

Set the floor.

Set it in the room where you plan to install it, so it can get acclimated to the area beforehand. Allow it to sit for 48 to 72 hours.

While waiting for the flooring to get acclimated, you can find and mark any studs in the wall and begin preparing the area for application. 

Be sure the wall joint and the floor are perfectly level. You can mark a line where to apply the vinyl to ensure it is nice and straight.

Furthermore, ensure the wall is flat and smooth, so the laminate flooring will stick cleanly. 

You should ensure that the wall’s surface is also free of any wallpaper and completely clean. Remove any flaking paint and old paneling while handling any water damage. 

Remove your doors and windows.

Remove door and window trim as well as baseboards on the area of the wall you want to cover. You should also remove HVAC vent covers and electrical outlet plates. 

Installing the laminate flooring on the wall is a similar process to installing it on the floor.

The only difference is that it cannot be a floating floor style and must instead be installed directly on the wall. 

This can create problems as you need to accommodate the laminate flooring’s likelihood to expand and contract.

To do this, you can leave a gap along the edges to allow for this movement, but it may affect the final product’s appearance. 

Wood flooring tape, construction adhesive, and silicone caulking all work well to keep the planks on the walls while still allowing fluctuation. 

They can also reduce the number of nails you need to keep the boards in place.

Start installing the laminate planks on the walls.

When you are installing the laminate planks, begin at the floor level and move up row by row. 

Ensure the first row is level with the floor or the line you mark on the wall. With the groove created by working from the bottom to the top, it will be easier to place all of the subsequent strips. 

Be sure to nail the base of the first laminate flooring piece to the studs to ensure it is level and has a .25-inch gap from it to the floor. 

The baseboard will cover the gap and the aisle, so you won’t have to worry about that. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind during installation!

Keep in mind that many laminate flooring types have a gap built in to give it space to expand, so be sure you don’t force the end joints of the plank in tightly: just until they click or lock. 

The first and last rows are usually the only ones that will need to be nailed, and all of them will be covered up by the trim as mentioned. 

You may need to trim off the end joints of any planks that hit against the perimeter. 

You may also note that removing the end joints that interlock is helpful if you use floor tape instead of sticking the planks to the wall. 

Putting the adhesive on the wall or the plank in a way that zigzags will provide more even coverage and allow for better sticking. 

You could also use double-sided flooring tape applied in vertical strips for a similar effect. 

After the wall is covered, the trim and baseboards are back to hide the gap along the perimeters. 

Reinstall any removed covers and wipe away any dust using a damp cloth. Then, you can admire your finished work.

Final Thoughts

Laminate flooring is a new trend for decorating walls, helping homeowners avoid the stale look of old paint or wallpapers.

Above, we discussed laminate flooring in various rooms of the house as well as provided installation tips.

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