So, you’ve made the decision to purchase engineered flooring – and a great decision that is! Engineered flooring is perfect if you’re looking for something that offers the natural beauty of real wood but comes at a much lower price. Now it’s time to get your new addition installed, but how? Well, we’ve created a guide that will make it easy for the most novice of DIY’ers to do!
First up, let your new floor acclimatise to the room in which you wish to lay it. This is a vital part of the installation and can be the difference between the process running smoothly or not. If you’re unsure about how to acclimatise a floor then don’t worry, there isn’t really much that you have to do. You simply have to allow the boxes of your engineered flooring sit in the room for about 2 days before you install them, this will allow the floor to get used to the temperature and humidity of the said room before you lay it.
Next up it’s time to focus on the subfloor, this is the foundation on which you lay the floor on top of. You need to ensure that your subfloor is clean and dry, if not this could cause further problems with the installation and even result in your floorboards warping over time.
Once your subfloor is sorted it’s time to look at the next feature, underlay. For those who are completely new to the world of flooring, underlay is basically a layer of cushioning that sits underneath the floorboards to protect and sometimes insulate them. This may be confusing as you could think that the floorboards are already protected by the preparation of the subfloor, however if your subfloor is concrete then there is a risk that excess moisture could still seep through and damage your floorboards, which is why underlay is used to create a sort of barrier.
Now that all the preparation is complete it’s time to lay the boards, this may seem a bit daunting but if you follow these steps everything will be alright!
We would advise lying the floor from the corner of the room and working in a left to right motion.
Leave an expansion gap around the edge of the floor, this is for when the floor expands to the wall. You can purchase things call spacers to make this easier.
Fit the tongues of the planks together by placing them at around a 30-degree angle.
Keep slotting the planks together until you reach the end of the row. If any of the boards are too long then you can cut them to size.
If any of the leftover pieces are long enough then you can always use this as a starter for the next row. If not then you can cut another plank in half to make sure that the gaps in the boards are at least 30cm apart from row to row.
And there you have it, a little guide on how to lay the perfect engineered wood floor!