How To Lay Engineered Flooring

How To Lay Engineered Flooring

How To Lay Engineered Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is very versatile and can be laid in a number of ways.

Floating Engineered Wood Flooring

This is one of the easiest ways to lay engineered wood flooring. It is laid in more of less the same way as a laminate.

Before you begin

There are a few things you should check before you start to lay your engineered wood flooring.

  • Do you have enough flooring? Did you allow extra for cuts and waste?
  • Do you have all of your tools ready? Saw, Fitting wedges, pencil, tape measure etc.
  • Check the materials for any small problems, it is much easier to rectify these before the floor is laid.
  • Is the sub floor ok? A level and clean floor will be much easier to lay your flooring onto.

Wood Flooring Underlay

Once you are happy that you have everything and there are no problems, you can put your wood flooring underlay down on the floor. Mostly the underlay will just be rolled out or laid out onto the floor before your laminate. If your sub floor is concrete, you should have a membrane or an underlay with a membrane built in, this should be taped or overlapped according to manufacturers instructions to create a moisture resistant barrier.

Where to start

The best direction to lay engineered wood flooring is in the direction of a light source such as a window as the light streaming into the room really picks up the shine and beauty of the floor. It is best to start against a wall and then work your way across the room. This gives you a stable starting point.

Laying the planks

Engineered wood flooring will have little differences between the manufacturers, so it is best to read and follow the instructions in the pack, but as a general rule, you will start out by putting your first plank against the wall with some fitting wedges to keep the distance uniform. You then continue the row, by locking,clicking or glueing the planks into each other. When you get to the end of the row, measure and cut a plan to finish. Don’t forget to leave an expansion gap. Pop a fitting wedge in to keep this gap.

If you had to cut the last plank of the row, if it is longer than 30cm, then you can use it to start the next row. The boards should be staggered so this is an ideal way to start the next row off.

Continue in this way until you have covered the whole floor.

The last row may be a little bit trickier to do, but if you measure it well, it should just be a case of easing the final cuts into place.

Finishing off

Now you can put your trims and threshold strips on to finish the flooring off.

Skirting’s or scotia can be pinned or glued into place. They should be glued to the wall and not the floor. This allows the flooring to expand and contract underneath.

Your thresholds will often have a base plate that is screwed or stuck down. With a strip that presses down into it. This will take up any height differences between rooms and ensure that the flooring is not damaged.

Nailing Engineered Wood Flooring

Before you begin

The planks should be stored in the area it is to be laid in for a few days to allow it to acclimatise. All furniture and floor fittings should be removed from the room.

If the area you wish to cover is uneven or cement, then the floor will need to be boarded out with ply first to achieve a nice flat surface

It is a good idea to open up some packs first and loose lay them to get a feel for the mixture of shades and lengths of the planks

Make sure you have the correct tools ready: Broom and dustpan, Saws, nails, Hammer, Wood floor nailer, pry bar, spacer wedges, mallet and knee pads.

Where to start

Choose the planks you will use to start your first row. Long planks should be the easiest to start off with. The best direction to lay engineered wood flooring is in the direction of the light source such as a window as the light streaming into the room really picks up the shine and beauty of the floor.

It is best to start against a wall and then work your way across the room. This gives you a stable starting point.

Laying the planks

How To Lay Engineered Flooring

Put the planks with the groove to the wall. Pop some spacers in place to make sure you have a gap for expansion and then drill some little pilot holes to avoid splitting the wood. Nail this first row down, through the wood, close to the wall.

Don’t worry too much about these nails being seen, if they are nice and tight to the edge, they will be covered up by your edge trims.

Blind nail the first couple of rows by hand to make sure you have a nice stable start to the room. Drill pilot holes at 45-50 degree angles through the tongues first. Make sure the nails are positioned at the joists of the original floor and every 10 inches

When installing the rows, position a small piece of flooring along the edge and give it a sharp rap with a mallet or hammer to tighten it against the previous row before nailing. This will ensure the joints are nice and tight.

Stagger the joints by at least 6 inches

Once you have installed the first 3 rows you can work a lot faster using a wood floor nailer. This is slipped over the board tongue, and then strike the plunger with a mallet to drive the nails in at the perfect angle.

Once you get to the last row, use a pry bar to wedge the planks tight before nailing in place in the same way as the first row. This will again be covered up by your edge trim.

Glueing Engineered Wood Flooring

Before you begin

There are a few things you should check before you start to lay your engineered wood flooring.

  • Do you have enough flooring? Did you allow extra for cuts and waste?
  • Do you have all of your tools ready? Saw, Fitting wedges, pencil, tape measure, glue trowel etc.
  • Check the materials for any small problems, it is much easier to rectify these before the floor is laid.
  • Is the sub floor ok? A level and clean floor will be much easier to lay your flooring onto
  • Is the floor concrete? Do you need to apply a damp proof membrane first?

Where to start

The best direction to lay engineered wood flooring is in the direction of a light source such as a window as the light streaming into the room really picks up the shine and beauty of the floor.

It is best to start against a wall and then work your way across the room. This gives you a stable starting point.

Laying the planks

Make sure you are happy with the mix of planks you are going to use and get your first batch of cuts ready. Then spread or squeeze the glue out onto the surface the flooring is to be laid on. Only spread the glue in a workable area. The glue will either come in a tub, and will be trowelled on, or in a tube, which will be spread in ribbons.

Carefully place your planks onto the adhesive and tap gently to ensure it beds into the adhesive. Make sure any joints are staggered by at least 6 inches to increase stability.

Work your way to the other side of the room and allow the floor plenty of time to dry out.

Make sure you wipe away any excess adhesive before it dries.

Finishing off

Now you can put your trims and threshold strips on to finish the flooring off.

Skirtings or scotia can be pinned or glued into place. They should be glued to the wall and not the floor. This allows the flooring to expand and contract underneath.

Your thresholds will often have a base plate that is screwed or stuck down. With a strip that presses down into it. This will take up any height differences between rooms and ensure that the flooring is not damaged.


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