How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring


With the appearance of solid wood but easier to install thanks to the use of click systems, Engineered Wood Flooring makes a great choice for those wanting to install the floor themselves. Fast and easy and with no gluing or screwing required, installing click system engineered wood flooring is a simple process.

There are certain rules you need to follow in order to make sure your floor lasts and performs on a daily basis. Watch our installation videos on our YouTube channel or follow our guide below to discover just how easy it is to prepare for and install your new engineered wood floor.

Acclimatise your new fooring

As a natural product, engineered wood flooring needs to become used to the conditions of your home before it is installed. This is called the Acclimatisation Period. Even though more stable than solid wood flooring, engineered wood floors will still move slightly, so it is best to let your engineered wood floor ‘settle’ into its new environment before you install it. We recommended a minimum of seven days between receiving your floor and installing it. You can find out more about why it’s important to acclimatise your floor in our What is Acclimatisation guide.


Remember to store your planks in the room in which you are going to install them and do not stand the planks on their ends as this can cause them to bow causing permanent and irreversible damage. Your floor will acclimatise fine if left in its packaging!


Preparing your subfloor

Click system engineered wood flooring can be laid on most types of subfloor that are clean, dry and level. Common types of subfloor include sand and cement screeds, timber floorboards, plywood or chipboard. On ground floors a sand or cement screed subfloor is most likely and these require special attention to make sure they are ready for your new engineered wood floor.

No matter what subfloor you have, it should provide a level and smooth surface for your new floor. Minor subfloor irregularities can be accommodated by specialist underlays which should always be used with engineered wood flooring. Our recommended guidelines are that your subfloor should not deviate more than 5mm in any plane over a 3m length.

Your subfloor should also be dry, so if you have used a screed or finishing compound allow an absolute minimum of 2 days for every millimetre of screed - a new 150mm thick concrete subfloor could take over 200 days to dry out properly! If you have access to a probing moisture meter, relative humidity should be no greater than 75%.


Any subfloor should not have excessive vertical movement because it will be transferred through the floor. If your existing floor drives you mad with its creaking and squeaking then you’ll need to fix your subfloor before you install the new one.


Selecting the right underlay

Any engineered wood floor must be installed with an underlay, even if your subfloor is brand new and buttery smooth! Underlays can help to deal with moisture, disguise small lumps and bumps and help to reduce the sound of footsteps on top of your new floor. The underlay you need will depend on a number of factors so check out our guide on Underlay to learn which one is right for your home.

Installing your Engineered Wood Flooring


Don’t forget you will also need to hide the expansion gap next to your skirting with a scotia. Find colour matched scotias, door profiles, installation kits, maintenance products, underlay and more in our Accessories section.


Installing Your Engineered Wood Flooring


Don’t forget you will also need to hide the expansion gap next to your skirting with a scotia. Find colour matched scotias, door profiles, installation kits, maintenance products, underlay and more in our Accessories section.

If you’ve got any more questions or need more help, just call one of our Personal Flooring Advisors on 02476 012 840. You can also find more detailed instructions on subjects such as subfloor preparation, underlay and how click systems work by spending more time in our Education Centre.