What Tools Do I Need To Lay Engineered Wood Flooring?
Whether you're completely installing or replacing certain parts of engineered wood flooring, chances are you want the lowdown on what tools are best for the job if you're taking control of the installation process. For that reason we've got a list of the relevant tools for laying engineered wood flooring without a hitch.
The tools of patience
The most important thing you can do once your supply of engineered wood flooring has been delivered is to wait. Though acclimatising engineered floor is not as important as doing the same for solid wood, a period of two days can make a massive difference when it comes to allowing your flooring to adjust to the conditions in your home.
To do this simply ensure the humidity and temperature is regulated at what you would consider 'normal' for your home and leave the flooring to stand in its packaging.
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When laying a new floor preparation is key. To ensure a smooth, even finish it's crucial that you prepare your sub-floor as thoroughly as possible. For this you will need a brush and dustpan, a hoover and a mop and bucket.
First brush the floor, making sure you get into every last crevice to pull out dust, dirt and plaster break-off. Then hoover over the entire surface before mopping to remove any residual dirt or fine debris.
DIY can involve a lot of being in an unnatural and uncomfortable position for long periods of time. When installing flooring it's likely that you will be kneeling for long periods meaning that protective tools are essential. To ensure you don't end up in agony, knee pads are an essential purchase.
As you'll also be cutting your engineered wood to size, safety goggles are necessary, as are dust masks and ear defenders.
Once you've prepared your sub-floor and know for certain that its surface is clean and even, installing underlay is your next step. To fit this to size you will only need scissors or a knife. Make sure your pieces of underlay don't overlap as this can create an uneven floor. You can also fit a Damp Proof Membrane to protect the longevity of your flooring against moisture.
Tools for the installation
Before you begin fitting boards a handy tip is to avoid having the last board that you fit being less than 60mm wide. To ensure this doesn't happen, simply divide the width of your room by the width of the board, which will tell you how many boards are needed and how wide the last board will be. If less than 60mm, simply trim your first board to a width that means neither your first or last board are smaller than 60mm in width.
To begin installing engineered wood flooring, you'll need:
Tape measure - for accurately cut boards.
Pencil - for sketching out measurements.
Handsaw - for trimming individual boards
Electric saw - for trimming multiple boards to a set size
Expansion spacers - to keep a 10mm gap between the floor and the wall, which will allow for expansion and contraction throughout the seasons
Hardwood floor stapler - this will secure the boards in place. Insert staples at a 45 degree angle and at every 6 ti 8 inches
A rubber mallet - this is handy if you find it difficult to force the boards together
Nails and finish nailer - though the stapler is particularly proficient it can run into some difficulty when it comes to using it on floorboards close to walls. This is because the tools are usually quite large. To finish off the job use a nail every 12 to 18 inches to complete the installation.
Read more: How To Fit Wooden Floor Underlay
Hopefully this helped you find the right tools for your engineered wood floor installation project. Let us know how you got on with everything in the comment section!