The Education Centre: How to prepare for installation

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time before you get started on the job. Making a list of tools you are going to need, will help your installation project run smoothly.

We carry a range of installation products to help make installation simpler including our Easy Installation kit , perfect for D.I.Y installation of click engineered, laminate or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring.

Do I need to do anything to my sub-floor before installation??

If your subfloor requires some TLC to get it in the best condition i.e. dry and level, this should be considered as it may affect your project timeline and you could incur additional costs to get this sorted. Additional information on checking your subfloor can be found in our Site Conditions guide.

Should I remove my skirting boards before laying the floor?

While it’s not essential to remove your skirting board, it will make your installation easier, provide a better expansion gap and give a professional clean look to your new floor. However, if this work is beyond your skills, adds too much time to your project or creates too much mess then check out our range of matching scotias to match either your floor or skirting boards.

Scotias are remarkably functional as they allow the expansion gap to be hidden while allowing the floor to expand and move, providing a clean finishing touch.

Should I repair my walls or floor before laying my floor?

Wall and floor damage will need to be fixed with a water-based filler or levelling compound and based on the manufacturer’s instructions given adequate time to dry. Be sure to complete any wall or ceiling decoration work before installing your floor. Also note that any water based repairing products or repainting will introduce additional moisture to a room and this will also need a time to dry. For additional details on acclimation check out our guide.

How do I lay an engineered wooden, laminate or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floor over underfloor heating (UFH)?

If you want to install a new floor above an underfloor heating system it should ideally be a water or “wet” system, not electric matting or a “dry” system.

When laying a floor where underfloor 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 and the system has been commissioned successfully as per the manufacturer’s instructions
  • If the subfloor is concrete, make sure this is dry. This means no 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 such as our Cushion Ultra Silver Wood or Cushion Acoustic Gold Wood Underlay
  • 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°C every 24 hours
  • A minimum temperature of 18 °C should be maintained

Please follow the specific manufacturer’s step-by-step instructions for installing your flooring – these can be found on the individual product detail page, listed as ‘Installation guide’ you may also find our ‘Maintenance guide’ helpful too to ensure your floor stays looking as good as the day you fitted it.