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Engineered floors are one of the easiest to install from a DIY perspective. If you are going to take on the challenge though, there’s a few things that you need to be aware of before you start.
Before you get started with the installation process, you may wish to leave your flooring in the environment it is to be installed for it to become acclimatised to the environment. While this is not essential for engineered floors, it’s recommended that you leave the boards for around 2 days before starting to install. There may be significant differences in temperature between your home and the warehouse where they were stored so they will need time to adjust. When acclimatising your engineered wood flooring, it’s best to leave it in the box and ensure that the temperature is consistent during the first couple of days.
Once you are ready to install, make sure that the sub-floor is clean and free from dirt and debris. You may find it beneficial to wash, sweep and/or vacuum before you begin. Check that the sub-floor is completely dry before you start to install.
For best results, engineered wood flooring requires an underlay. This underlay should be unrolled from wall to wall, using scissors or a sharp knife to trim off any excess. Make sure that the edges meet but don’t overlap otherwise this will make your floor uneven. That said, make sure that any Damp-Proof Membrane that you install does overlap.
As with any wooden floor, always remember that they will expand and as they do so they will expand width ways. If your room is wider than 10m, you may want to separate the floor into sections to accommodate for a small expansion gap. Threshold trims can be used to conceal the gap as needed.