Floor Installation Guide
Installation recommendations for a floating floor
- Remove baseboards and trim door jambs if necessary
- Spread the membrane following manufacturer’s instructions
- Distribute the boards starting in a corner, placing the groove towards the wall and leaving a gap of at least 5/16’’ between the first row and the wall.
- Insert the board groove sideways onto the tongue. Be careful not to chip the groove.
- Alternate board joints using the third of the length rule.
- Use a tapping block and do not forget to use a good saw to avoid chipping the finish.
Installation recommendations for an engineered floor
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
- Acclimatize the floor for at least 48 hours before installation.
- Level the floor if necessary.
- Remove skirting boards and trim door jambs if necessary.
- Install the floor preferably perpendicular to the joists.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the membrane.
- Leave an expansion gap of approximately ½’’ around the room.
- Apply the glue on 3 rows at a time to prevent it from drying.
- Once the installation is finished, put back the baseboards and install a shoe moulding.
Installation recommendations for a pre-finished hardwood floor
- Before taking the floor into the house, make sure that all plastering and painting works have been completed and are dry, and that the humidity level is comprised between 40% and 60%. Acclimatize the floor in the room at least 48 hours prior to installing it.
- Remove doors and baseboards, and trim door jambs if necessary.
- Always inspect the floor before installing it to make sure that it matches the product you bought (species, grade, color, quality). The manufacturer will not bear responsibility for defects found after installation.
- Always use good quality tools for installation: a well-sharpened saw and a good nail gun are essential.
- Select the boards and lay them down to distribute the joints uniformly.
- Leave an expansion gap of ½’’ to ¾’’ around the room.
- Fill in the holes in the last rows with an appropriate paste or wax.
- Install baseboards and doors.
- For best possible results, it is important to follow the appropriate procedure when installing your floor. The following is a guide that gives detailed step-by-step installing instructions for any hardwood floor. If you still have questions or concerns, or if you are not sure you understood the instructions properly, do not hesitate to ask one of our in-store experts for help.