How To Install Engineered Flooring
Not sure how to install engineered wood flooring? In this installation guide we will take you through the general process of laying your engineered floor. You'll be pleased to hear that engineered flooring is some of the easiest floors to lay yourself, therefore you can DIY and save on the cost of a professional fitter.
The technical details will change based on the room or the specific floor chosen so you'll also need to refer to the manufacturers guides before you start your installation process.
Engineered Flooring Installation Safety
Safety first! Remember, installing your new engineered floor will involve a lot of kneeling, so we strongly recommend using padded knee pads. We also recommend safety goggles and dust masks for when sawing boards and ear defenders for when using power tools.
Fitting Engineered Flooring Around Pipes
If you're fitting your new engineered flooring around any pipes, follow the steps below:
- Mark the position of the pipe on the floorboard you're laying
- Drill a hole about 16mm larger in diameter than the pipe and make two angle saw cuts from the board edge to the sides of the hole to cut a wedge out of the board
- Fit the board and carefully glue the small off-cut wedge behind the pipe
Installing Engineered Flooring in Large Rooms
When installing engineered floors, it's important to remember that when wooden boards expand, they expand across their width (across the boards) not their length (along the boards). Whilst the length of a room isn't a concern, you should pay close attention to the width. If your room is more than 10m wide, all you need to do is separate the floor up into sections, leaving an expansion gap between the areas. A threshold trim or something similar can be used to hide the gap. Please note: some manufacturers' guidelines differ on the maximum width of a room, so please check for your specific floor.
Engineered Installation Tools
You'll need the correct tools if you're installing your engineered floor yourself. Make sure you take a look at the engineered installation tools that we have available. We provide a variety of installation kits as well as a few handy gadgets to help you install your flooring yourself at home.
Our Engineered Flooring Fitting Service
If you're not so confident with your DIY installation skills, we have joined forces with a network of floor fitters across the country to bring you the best floor fitting service available.
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