WOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION STEP BY STEP
To install engineered wood flooring, the following tools will be needed:
– 1 kg hammer
– pull bar
– wooden tapping block
– hand saw or power saw
– measuring tape, pencil, knife
The wooden layered flooring can be installed on every dry and even substrate. Before the installation, the substrate must be vacuum cleaned and smoothed with a spatula.
Check for all substrate level differences before installation. They should not exceed 3mm for 2m length.
Please remember to condition the board in the factory packaging on site for at least 48 hours before its installation. During that time, the flooring will adjust to the installation and acclimatization conditions.
After vacuum cleaning the subfloor, you need to place the underlay upon which the floor will be laid down, e.g. natural cork in rolls. Remember to leave a distance of ca. 10 mm between the cork and the wall. Leave a distance of 2-3 mm between adjacent cork mat strips. Other underlayment materials, e.g. pressed natural wood fiber boards, are handled likewise. When installing Barlinek brand flooring we recommend using Barlinek subfloor materials. Third-party subfloor materials can be used, so long as the directions for use enclosed by the manufacturer explicitly allow the use under floating engineered wood flooring.
The direction of the flooring is determined by the dimensions of the room and the direction of sunlight. If none of the walls is longer than 8 m, it is recommended to arrange the floor towards the light, i.e. parallel to the window letting the most sunshine in. In case of dimensions exceeding 8 m, or long and narrow spaces, e.g. corridors, the board should be always arranged along the longer side.
Cut the boxes with the boards from the bottom in order not to damage the top layer of the board.
Please remember that the wooden layered board is 100% wood and each of them looks unique. Before the installation, spread the boards and plan the pattern on the floor. After that you can start the installation.
Cut away the tongue from the first strip of the floor, using the saw. This will allow proper execution of the expansion joint, or the wall gap.
Place the first board, leaving a gap of 10 mm from each wall thanks to the expansion joint wedges.
Place the next board with its shorter side to the head of the first one and connect them into one floor strip using the tapping block.
Cut the last board in the first floor strip so that an expansion gap of 10 mm is left. The board, cut as described above, is placed with the head lock towards the preceding board and joined with it by means of the pull bar.
The cut portion of the board is used to start the second strip of the flooring. Insert it into the lock at the angle of 20°-30°.
Using the tapping block, connect the board on its longer edge.
Proceed in the same way with the next strips of the floor.
To install the last strip of the floor, measure the necessary board width decreased by the expansion joint of 10 mm from the wall.
Connect the board with the pull bar.
Cover the expansion joint between ceramic tiles and the wooden floor, and in the door frame with a special wooden strip. Installing the floor in the door frame, it is obligatory to leave the expansion joint.
After the installation of skirting boards, the floor is ready to use.