The Engineered Wood Flooring Installation Process

The elimination of conventional onsite multiple sanding, oiling and lacquering processes lead to higher productivity on site as compared to conventional solid timber flooring. Since engineered wood flooring is a pre-finished product, it is advisable to install it after all the wet trades are completed including painting and door frame installation.

 

The following is how the engineered wood flooring installation process:

  1. Pre-installation Work
  2. Laying (example: Direct Lay Method)
  3. Laying of Engineered Wood Floor
  4. Install Timber Skirting

 

1. Pre-installation Work

Pre-installation Works

Pre-installation Works

  • Cleaning of surface.
    • The cleaning of receiving surface and type of cleaning method should be in accordance to the approved method statement.
    • Ensure the receiving surface is clean.
  • Apply moisture barrier (dependent on subfloor moisture content and specification)
    • If relative humidity or moisture content exceeds the requirement, moisture barrier is to be applied on the subfloor surface.
    • The type of moisture barrier and its application should be in accordance to approved submissions.
    • Use of moisture barrier will help to seal the residual moisture in the substrate.
    • Ensure the application of moisture barrier and the curing time must be in accordance to product specification and approved method statement.

 

2. Laying (example: Direct Lay Method)

laying - direct lay method - apply adhesive

laying – direct lay method – apply adhesive

  • Apply adhesive
    • The method of adhesive application and type of adhesive used should be in accordance to the approved method statement and material submission.
    • In order to achieve optimum use of adhesive, it is recommended to follow strictly to the manufacturer’s recommendation on the pot life of the adhesive.
    • If moisture barrier is used, it is recommended that non-water based adhesive be used for bonding engineered wood planks to subfloor. Water based adhesive can contribute excessive moisture to engineered wood flooring and cause excessive expansion.
    • Ensure the use of proper tools and use the tools properly.

 

Engineered wood floor installation using direct lay method is shown below. The installation process on underlay is similar.

3. Laying of Engineered Wood Floor

Laying of Engineered Wood Floor

Laying of Engineered Wood Floor

  • Install 1st piece of engineered wood after applying adhesive.
    • The installation of the engineered wood floor should be in accordance to the approved method statement. The engineered wood material should be in accordance to the approved material and sample submission.
    • Install 1st piece starting from one corner of the room.
    • The groove side of engineered wood floor to face the wall.
  • Leave expansion gap around perimeter of room
    • It is important to leave sufficient expansion gap, 5-8mm, around the perimeter of the floor (4 sides) to cater for dimensional changes.
    • It is recommended to follow strictly to the manufacturer’s recommendation on the open time of the adhesive.
    • It is recommended that non-water based adhesive be used.
    • Any excess adhesive shall be immediately wiped-off with a clean damp cloth. Use a dry cloth to wipe dry on pre-finished floor to avoid smearing.
  • Use mallet and tapping block to install boards
    • Use a mallet and tapping block to press the first board into position and tap into the other board.
    • Use of correct tools and proper installation method will reduce any damage to the engineered wood floor.
  • Measure & cut board according to space available for last row of boards
    • For the last row of boards, measure the space available and take the expansion gap into account when installing the last row of boards. Cut the boards according to the measurement if necessary. Apply the adhesive in the groove and install the boards into place with the spacing bar or wedge to prevent movement.

 

4. Install Timber Skirting

Installation of Timber Skirting

Installation of Timber Skirting

  • Apply adhesive to the back of timber skirting
  • Secure timber skirting with nails
  • Use matching wood filler to conceal nail holes

 

This ‘the engineered wood flooring installation process taken from Building and Construction Authority

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