Engineered wooden flooring has all the good looks of solid wood but as it uses unique click system technology, is much easier to install. This means that you don’t have to employ specialist installers but with a little care and attention you can lay your engineered flooring yourself.
Unlike traditional tongue and groove boards and many other click profiles, engineered wooden floors can be installed quickly and in all kinds of situations. There’s no need to glue or screw the boards down, you simply click the pieces into place.
Simple rules for installing engineered wooden flooring
While it is easy to lay engineered flooring Sydney installation experts suggest following a few simple rules to ensure that your newly laid flooring looks good and performs well. These include:
- Acclimatising your flooring – as engineered wooden flooring is a natural product it needs time to become used to the conditions within your home.
Specialists recommend a minimum seven day acclimatisation period before you begin installation. And don’t forget to store the planks flat in the room in which it will be laid.
- Preparing your subfloor – it’s possible to lay click system engineered wooden flooring on most types of sub floor, including sand and cement screed, timber, plywood and chipboard.
However, you must ensure that the floor is clean, dry and level. If there are minor irregularities in your subfloor, these will be disguised by using one of the underlays specially designed for use with engineered wooden floors.
- Choosing the right underlay – even if your subfloor is newly laid, you need to use a specialist underlay to help absorb moisture, cover irregularities and muffle sound.
Your choice of underlay will depend on a number of factors, such as whether you need to accommodate issues with uneven subfloors, moisture or noise reduction, you require extra thermal insulation, or you are laying your engineered wooden floor on top of underfloor heating.
- Deciding on the direction of your flooring – there is no hard and fast rule on which direction you should lay your planks, however you may want to lay them in the direction of the natural light within your room or parallel to the longest wall.
- Laying your underlay – if possible lay your underlay in the opposite direction to the planks and ensure that there are no wrinkles and bumps. Don’t forget to tape seams in place to make sure that it doesn’t move.
- Laying the planks – start in one corner of the room with the ‘male’ part of the profile facing the wall. You should also leave an expansion gap between the floor and the skirting using spacers to ensure the gap remains consistent.
- Adding the trim – once you’ve finished laying the planks you’ll need to add a trim or scotia to cover the expansion gap between the planks and the skirting.
Need expert help to install engineered wooden flooring?
If you prefer to leave the installation of your floor to the experts, there are many flooring installation specialists Sydney wide who will be able to help. Contact your local flooring company for more information.