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How to lay an engineered hardwood floating floor

Store you new flooring in the room in which it is to be laid for 48 to 72 hours prior to fitting.

Do not open the flooring packaging until the flooring is ready to be laid.

  1. Preparation. Remove any existing flooring and door thresholds. If possible lay your new flooring before skirting and architrave have been fitted, where this is not possible a cover mould can be applied over the expansion gap later. If needed undercut door linings by place a piece of flooring down as a height guide and cut the linings with a hand saw.
     
  2. Under lay. Roll under lay on top of the sub floor and seal joints with duct tape.
     
  3. Marking out. Decide which direction to run the flooring. This in normally along the longest wall. A 13mm expansion gap must be left around the perimeter of the wall including any obstacles the flooring is to be cut around. The first rows working line is measured one board width + 13mm from both ends of the wall and a chalk line snapped.
     
  4. The first row. Starting from the left and leaving a 13mm expansion gap at both ends of the row, lay the first row with the grooved edge facing the wall straight along the chalked working line. Every end joint should be fully glued, check all seams for a tight fit before moving onto the next board. Immediately remove any excess glue that squeezes out onto the flooring surface with a soft damp cloth. Allow the glue to dry before stating the next row.
     
  5. Continuing on. Place packing wedges at both ends and at 600mm intervals along the wall between the first row to prevent movement. Starting at the left side, stagger end joints by 450mm, run a continuous 3mm glue bead flush with the top of the groove, placing the tapping block against the tongue and gently tap the boards flush. Again, immediately remove any excess glue that squeezes out onto the flooring surface with a soft damp cloth. Subsequent rows can be started with the off cut from the previous row.
     
  6. Last row. Leave a 13mm expansion gap between the last row and the wall. Use a crow bar or pull tool to pull the last boards together.
     
  7. Finishing off. Once the glue has set remove the packing wedges and fit skirting board or a cover mould over the expansion gap.

You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Foam underlay
  • Duct tape
  • Handsaw
  • Chalk line
  • Wood glue
  • Tapping block (designed to fit over the tongue)
  • Hammer
  • Square
  • 13mm wedges
  • Crow bar or Pull tool
Tips
  • A good rule of thumb is to allow 5% more flooring than the measured area.
  • Be sure to cut the correct end of the board.

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