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Hints & Tips - Flooring Preparation
July 1st, 2020

Installation is just around the corner, but what to do next? Getting this stage right will undoubtedly save you time and money down the line, so read on and make sure you are ready for fitting to take place.

Measuring your floor

To begin with, let us look at flooring measurement. An often rushed stage of the installation process yet a hugely important one, nonetheless. Getting measurement right is crucial as making a mistake here could result in you running out of flooring, incurring extra costs, and frustrating times delays. Equally, you could end up with too much, so either way, a few extra minutes could save you money.

If the area you are looking to cover is a simple square or rectangle, then there shouldn’t be a problem. The issue comes when a series of these need to be calculated in conjunction, so draw some plans and don’t rush things. Take some time to read our guide on how to measure a room first.

Ordering your floor

You will want some leeway in terms of the amount of material you are working with. We recommend allowing 10% extra for wastage as it is difficult to predict exact requirements, especially when boards are being cut to fit complicated areas.

Before installing your floor

For optimum results, we advocate the use of a professional installer with recognised qualifications. Having said this, many of UK Flooring Direct’s floors are suitable for homeowner installation thanks to their DIY-ready click system joints. See all our Easy DIY options for yourself.

If you have purchased a wooden floor option, make sure you know how to acclimatise it to ensure it is adjusted to its new environment. Furthermore, a suitable underlay should be used, and it is worth looking into subfloor preparation. Take the time to pick the right underlay for your floor.

Preparation is key so take your time and ensure you are fully set up when the time comes to install!