The Education Centre: How to Prepare for Installation

List of tools required

Don’t leave it until the last minute! Making a list of tools you are going to need, will make your installation project a smooth job. There’s nothing worse than having to ‘tools down’ and go off to the local DIY retailer to search for a forgotten item.

Check your subfloor

Finding that your subfloor will need remedial work will extend your project time line and you could incur additional costs from your installer.

Remove skirting

By removing the skirting you will make your installation easier, provide a better expansion gap and give a professional clean look to your new floor.

Remove protruding objects from the subfloor

By removing the skirting you will make your installation easier, provide a better expansion gap and give a professional clean look to your new floor.

Fix any wall and floor damage present

Wall and floor damage will need to be fixed with a water based filler or leveling compound and require a period to dry correctly. Don’t forget, any repainting will introduce additional moisture and this will also need a time to dry.

UFH Requirements

If you want to install a new floor above an under floor heating system it should ideally be waterborne, not electric matting. With that said, electric under floor heating manufacturers sometimes extend their warranty to cover flooring. Please check to see if this is the case.

When laying a floor where under floor heating has been installed it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • You must use the floating floor installation method
  • The heating must be started up at least 2 weeks before laying the floor to achieve an ambient living environment
  • Make sure that there is no water leaking from the pipes
  • If the subfloor is concrete, make sure this is dry. This means not more than 4% moisture, full depth of screed when the heating is turned off and the floor is cool
  • A combination underlay incorporating a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM) should always be used.
  • The surface temperature of the subfloor should not exceed 27°C
  • The heating must be turned off 48 hours before laying the floor
  • 2‐3 days after laying the floor, the heating should be turned on gradually, increasing 2‐3°C every 24 hours
  • A minimum temperature of 18 °C should be maintained