Laminate, engineered wood or cork floors, otherwise known as “floating” floors, are easy to install and can be laid over most types of subfloor, except for carpet. Before you purchase the floor planks, calculate the surface of the area you want to cover and add from 10 to 15% to allow for breakages and spares.
Store the planks flat in their boxes in the room, for at least 48 hours before you start the installation. The planks will have time to acclimate to the room’s temperature.
Tools and materials you’ll need:
– Backsaw or multipurpose tool
– Chalk line and powder
– Hand saw, jigsaw or mitre saw
– Measuring tape
– Metal ruler
– Pull bar
– Rubber mallet
– Spacers or wood shims
– Floating floor planks
– Polyethylene floor underlayment foam or polyethylene foam with vapour barrier
– Tuck Tape
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