Installing floating floors made easy
Looking for a great alternative to hardwood floorboards that requires less labour and time to install, whilst also being at the fraction of the price? Look no further than floating floors.
Floating hardwood floors are cost-effective, easy to install, and still provide that stunning first impact that have endeared timber flooring to many homeowners. Best of all they can sit on top of your existing flooring meaning that removal of the previous boards is not required – hence the term floating.
Installing floating floors can be done relatively easily even by those who wouldn’t call themselves a DIY-guru. It will also only requires a few tools to complete the job, of which many will come with your floating floor kit.
Floating floors are very similar to other forms of flatpack home improvement kits that you can buy. They will have an interlocking system, removing the need for nails and hammers, as well as including all of the tools that you may need.
Step-by-step, we’re going to go through the the whole installation process from beginning to end, making sure you get the most out of your floating floor. We’ll also share some handy tips along the way to make the job easier for you, too.
Step 1: Measuring
Before you rush out to grab your new floating floors, you will need to know how much you will need. Measure your room(s) and calculate how many square metres of flooring you will need.
This measurement will be important not just for your floating floors, but also for the underlay roll that you will need to place beforehand, so make sure it’s as accurate as possible.
You will also need to check to see if your walls are straight, as if not you will need to cut the boards that will join the wall. Using a standard leveller will help you make sure whether this is or is not the case.
Tip: Many professional flooring installers will always order an extra 5-10% of what they think they will need, just incase something goes wrong.
Step 2: Preparation
If you do have to cut the boards to fit any angled walls in the home, unfortunately for you this will probably take up the most of your time before you can start. So best to do it now.
After that is done, or if it isn’t required, cut and begin to roll out the underlay across the entire flooring. It should cover every inch of the floor, and if any do overlap onto the cornices of the walls simply trim them.
Tip: If possible, roll the underlay in the opposite direction to where you want to lay the floating floors to minimise any chance of the underlay moving in the future.
Step 3: Putting down spacers and joins
The floating floor kit should have come with their own spacers – planks of wood that will fit underneath the doorways to keep the floor looking uniform from the point of entry.
These spacers are genuinely designed to fit under a 10 – 15 mm gap below the hinge and lock side panels of the doorway.
It will also help to lay down the beginning of the joining floating floor planks along the walls. This will make sure that you can begin to lay your flooring without any parts moving, making sure you’re set up to lay it straight from the get go.
Tip: If you need less width for your spaces, a simple planer or sandpaper should be enough for you to get a perfect fit.
Step 4: Interlocking flooring and finish
If you’ve done all of the prepwork correctly, than the job of interlocking the rest of the panels will be simple. You will have to measure angles for the corners so that you can cut them to fit.
If the kit came with any packing spaces or beading panels, make sure that they are knocked in last, as they can add to the width of your panels and leave you with an annoying cutting job at the end. You should leave some space between the edge boards to also avoid this issue.
Tip: Whilst a rubber mallet is ideal to gently tap the boards into place, you can use a thick towel and a regular hammer to also get the same result.