How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring?
Engineered flooring can be installed using multiple processes. Gluing or nailing the floor can be used but the most common installation is the floating method.
The floating approach is the easiest as the boards attach to each other rather than the sub floor.
However, no matter which method you choose to lay your floor, we recommend that a threshold is used if you are laying the floor over 7.5 linear meters, to allow for further expansion gaps. Without doing this, the floor may buckle as it doesn't have enough room to expand.
Floating engineered floor
1) Acclimatise flooring, which should take around 3-5 days for engineered wood.
2) Start by laying a single layer of underlay. This ensures the flooring will be protected, wear more evenly and decent underlay can also add an extra layer of insulation to the room.
3) Decide which way you would prefer the planks to lay, and start laying them from the longest wall. Place the first plank down with a spacer to allow for wood expansion.
4) Using the tongue and grooves, fit the rest of flooring and knock into place using a kick tool and a hammer.
5) When all flooring is down, remove spacers and fit threshold strips around the perimeter of the floor to cover the expansion gaps.
Gluing engineered floor
If a concrete subfloor is being used then gluing would be the recommended method, however if the concrete is uneven then chipboard or plywood should be applied on top. A DPM (damp proof membrane) may also need to be laid; this is designed to prevent moisture rising through the product.
1) Acclimatise flooring, which may take around a 3 – 5 days.
2) Start by dry laying the first boards by starting at the longest wall in which the tongues of the first couple of rows should face the wall leaving an expansion gap of around 10mm.
3) Pull up the first couple of rows and apply the adhesive evenly to the subfloor. Lay the flooring of to the adhesive ensuring spacers are used creating an expansion gap of 10mm.
4) It is recommended that all floor is pre-measured and to only lay a couple at a time, working from the longest wall to the other side of the room.
5) Once all floor is laid, remove all spacers and fit threshold strips around the perimeter of the floor to cover the expansion gaps.
Nailing engineered floor
1) Acclimatise flooring, which may take around 3 - 5 days.
2) Start by laying the flooring at the longest wall leaving an expansion gap of around 10mm.
3) Insert fixings ensuring that the joints at each end of the board are around 100mm apart.
4) Remove all spacers and fit threshold strips around the perimeter of the floor to cover the expansion gaps.