Installing Your Real Wood Flooring

We don’t offer a fitting service for our wood flooring, so you’ll need to do it yourself or find someone locally who can do it for you.

If you decide fitting it yourself is the way to go, we’ve put together a helpful guide that’ll tell you what you need to do. We’d suggest giving it a good read before starting. There’s also lots of online videos available that explain things in more detail.

Before you start

Wood flooring is a natural material, so it’ll shrink and expand for a while until it’s used to its new surroundings. As soon as your wood’s been delivered, put it in the rooms where it’s being fitted. Don’t leave it too close to radiators or heaters, or anywhere wet, like a newly plastered room, for example.

It’s recommended leaving wood flooring for seven days before fitting to really give it a chance to acclimatise.

The right tools

You need quite a few tools for fitting wood flooring (at least you’ve got time to get them together while your flooring settles in).

A good selection of saws is advisable: a mitre saw, table saw, and jig saw should do it. You’ll also need a hammer, moisture meter, nail gun, taping block and floor scrapers.

We’d always recommend using eye-goggles, gloves and kneepads for protection.

Prepare the surface

As with other flooring, having a properly prepared surface is vital. It needs to be flat, clean and dry before you start. Use your hammer to flatten any stray nails and screws, and scrape off any old bits of adhesive or glue. If the floor’s not level, use a self-levelling compound or put some plywood down first.

Not all wood flooring needs underlay. Please check the manufacturer’s instruction to see if yours does, and for advice on what surfaces might need underlay.

Flooring that doesn’t need underlay can be glued, screwed or nailed down, depending on the surface underneath.

Installing the wood flooring

You can lay the boards lengthways or sideways. Small rooms will look bigger if you lay them lengthways. However, if you’re installing your wood on top of floorboards, you must lay it at 900 to the boards to give it extra strength and added support.

Use your selection of saws to cut to size and glue pieces together. Make sure you leave an expansion gap at the edge, so the wood can move. You can always cover it with beading, door strips or skirting boards. Once you’re done, stand up and take a look at your handiwork – nice job!

Important: always read the manufacturer’s fitting instructions and inspect your laminate thoroughly before installation. If you’re not happy with the condition of any of it, please get in touch as your warranty might not be valid once it’s installed.