How to prepare to lay laminate and real wood flooring

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Preparation is an essential part for the installation of laminate and real wood flooring. Ensuring you have undertaken the required steps before laying any material, will guarantee both a neat and stylish finish.






You firstly need to ensure you have modified your working space appropriately. The room needs to have been emptied of furniture, floor coverings or any rugs and mats. Any fixings, such as rods or adhesive, should also be removed to leave the floor space level.

One of the most crucial elements for this process, is ensuring you have smoothed out the sub-floor area. You also need to check that the surface is dry and precisely level throughout in order to maximise the structural integrity of your floor. Once you have an even surface to work with, you need to install underlay, in order to achieve an effective final fitting.

There are two types of underlay that can be used for laminate and real wood flooring. The foam version, is either folded into a concertina or slotted together in the style of a jigsaw puzzle. Whereas fibreboard underlay, needs to be cut precisely and installed at a 90-degree angle in the direction that your flooring is being laid.






Before the aforementioned can be done, you need to ensure that there are no damp areas present on your flooring. You should regularly test the integrity of the surface and only conduct fitting once you are certain that you have a clean area to work with.

When your laminate and real wood flooring arrives, you will need to give it time to adapt to the temperature and humidity of your house. This will reduce the likelihood of gaps appearing between any of your flooring boards. Previously, the materials will have most likely been exposed to differing conditions, meaning a transitional period is required to alleviate shrinking or expanding.

To allow your flooring to adjust, you need to stack them on top of each other, whilst keeping them secured in their packaging. You need to position them in a way that allows air to circulate between each package and ensure they are not pressed against any walls, otherwise this could cause the material to bow.

It’s also important to ensure you are wearing knee pads during the entire process, since a consistent level of exposure to solid surfaces could cause strain on your body.