Laminate and wooden flooring looks great in almost any room. If you are considering fitting the wooden flooring yourself then there are a few tips that may help you to fit it easier and may add a more professional finish to it. With some hard work, patience and the right flooring tools it may not be as difficult to achieve a good finish as you imagine.
Before laying the laminate or wooden flooring, ensure that your under floor is in good condition and is as flat and bounce-free as possible. Uneven areas should try to be repaired. The flatter the surface the better the wooden flooring will look. Ideally you will want the new wooden flooring to run lengthways along your room as this looks better than width ways.However, if your existing floorboards also run lengthways it is a bad idea to fit then directly together as this can lead to joint separation and unevenness. If this is the case then fit plywood over the entire floor surface so that you have a flat surface to then work on. click here to know more about flooring
Once your existing floor is ready lay an insulating membrane across the entire flooring area. This keeps heat in the room and dampens noise when the wooden flooring is walked upon and is highly recommended. Once this has been laid you are ready to lay your new wooden flooring panels. The easiest way is to work from farthest wall from the door inwards as this is the most seen part of the room. If possible remove skirting boards and door architraves so that you can work from the wall. If this isn’t possible then beading can be fixed to these areas afterward to give a tidy finish. for more details, visit : https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/alerts/c05.php
When laying the flooring panels always stagger joints by using random lengthen flooring pieces as this will add to the strength of the flooring and the aesthetics. Ensure that all pieces are firmly locked together before re-applying skirting and architraves or adding beading. Flooring can contract and retract based on the heat of the room and moisture levels so do not fix skirting or beading to the floor. Fix skirting to the wall and fix beading to the skirting.
The best way to lay it is from the wall furthest away from the main entrance to the room as this will be seen the most by people entering. If you can, remove all of the skirting boards and architrave in the room so that the wooden flooring can go right to the wall and then replace these afterwards. That wasn’t possible in my house as I didn’t really have time to remove them and the walls were quite uneven as it was an old house so I just worked up to the skirting boards and then fixed wooden beading around the edge and it still looked really good.
When you lay it, always stagger the panels as this not only looks good and replicates the floor boards on a real wood floor but it also adds strength to the surface. Make sure that all of the pieces are securely joined together – you can buy a special took and plastic mallet for knocking the panels into place without damaging any joins or edges. Leave a gap of a few millimeters between the floor and wool as per the manufacturer instructions – this is because the flooring can shrink and grow depending on the room temperature. For this reason, finishing beading should never be fitted to the wooden flooring,but to the skirting board above it.