Engineered flooring is a great compromise between the practicality of laminate flooring and the natural beauty of solid wood. Engineered boards boast a sturdy layered construction, including a solid wood layer at the very top, creating a truly stunning authentic wood look.
If you're considering laying engineered flooring in your home, most of our range here at Floormaker comes with a glueless loc system, making it easy for even DIY newbies to lay. Follow our guide below to find out how to lay engineered flooring.
Step 1 - Acclimatise the flooring.
The first step on how to lay engineered flooring is to let the flooring acclimatise in the room where you wish to lay it. This is the best way to make sure that your installation goes smoothly. By letting the boxes of engineered flooring sit in the room for around 2 days beforehand, you ensure that the flooring will be accustomed to the temperature and humidity by the time you lay it.
Step 2 - Clean the subfloor.
This is an important step in how to lay engineered flooring because if the subfloor is not clean and dry prior to installation, the floorboards may not lay properly. If your subfloor is damp, this could cause your engineered flooring to warp.
Step 3 - Lay the underlay.
Installing underlay prior to laying your engineered flooring is important as it helps to reduce the moisture that reaches the board from the subfloor. If your subfloor is made of concrete, you will need to use an underlay with a moisture barrier, too. You can browse our underlays here.
Step 4 - Start to lay the boards.
- It is advisable to start laying the engineered flooring from the corner of the room, working from left to right.
- Be sure to leave an expansion gap around the edge of your floor (we sell spacers for this purpose).
- Fit the tongues of the engineered flooring planks together by placing them at around a 30-degree angle and slowly lowering the plank towards the floor.
- Keep slotting the planks together until you reach the end of the row. If the last board in a row is too long, you can cut it to size.
- If the leftover piece is long enough, you can use this as a starter for the next row. If it is not long enough, cut another plank in half to ensure the gaps in between the boards are at least 30cm apart from row to row.
- If your final row is too narrow, you can cut the engineered flooring planks to fit the width of the gap.
You can browse our full collection of engineered flooring here!