Engineered wood flooring is a perfect compromise between aesthetics and practicality. While it offers the beauty of wood, it is much more practical since it doesn’t react to temperature fluctuations or moisture. So if you too love the sound of this flooring and have decided to go for it, the next thing to know is how to install it. Below you will find Luxury Flooring and Furnishing’s small guide to easily install your engineered wood flooring.
The first and most crucial thing to do before you even lay the floor is to let the floor acclimatise in the room it is due to be installed in. How do you acclimatise the floor? It is very easy! Allow the boxes of flooring to sit in the room for at least 48 hours before installation. By doing this, you will help your floor to get used to the humidity and temperature of the room.
The next thing you need to pay attention to is the subfloor. You should make sure it is clean and dry, otherwise you could have issues with installation and even end up with the floorboards eventually warping.
Once the subfloor has been sorted, it is time to lay down the underlay. This layer protects and even insulates the floorboards. You need to make sure you have an underlay, especially if your floor is made of concrete, as there is a risk that an excess of moisture that could seep through and damage the floor.
Now it is time to install the floor!
The best way to do this is by starting from the corners. You need to remember to leave an expansion gap around the edge of the room so the flooring has space to naturally expand as most do after installation. The best way of doing this is by using spacers. Afterwards you need to fit the tongues and grooves of the planks together one row at a time, staggering each subsequent row so the joints are not aligned.
You need to go on with the slotting of the planks until reaching the end of the row. If you have leftover pieces from a previous row, you can always use them to start the next row. Or if you prefer, you can always cut another plank in half in order to make sure you are staggering the planks correctly. The stagger should allow for 30cm between joints on each row.
So there you have it, some instructions to install your engineered floor! As you can see it is not very difficult, you only need to take your time and carefully follow the instructions for a successful installation!