DIY – How To Install Flooring - The Smiling Heart

DIY – How To Install Flooring

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Most flooring these days follow one of three installation methods: the floating floor, adhesive installation, or secret nailing. The positive about this is that either one is simple to complete yourself at home in a day! Luxury Flooring & Furnishings have outlined the methods below so you can work out which is best for you and your home. 

Floating Floor

On your floor, you will find there is either a click joining method, or tongue and groove. In both instances, you can simply fit the floor together using the joints on each planks, which helps the floor be more sturdy and aligned once laid. Once the planks clicked together, you can simply ‘float’ the floor down without any glue or nails used – just put the floor where you want it! That being said, with tongue and groove joins, we recommend using a wood joint glue for extra sturdiness that click floors naturally offer. Underlay can also be used underneath your floors for extra protection against moisture that may fall between cracks between planks. 

Adhesive

This is a popular method that adds extra stability without being too time consuming. It can be used on most types of flooring, but it is important the correct type of adhesive is used. You simply need to apply the adhesive as per the instructions on the tub – to either the sub-floor, the planks themselves, or both. With this method, you can rest assured your floor will be stable for a long time, and you will not be able to tell that adhesive has even been used. It is important to note that any mistakes will be harder to correct, the correct amount should be used as to not seep through cracks between planks, and you purchase a high temperature option if underfloor heating is to be used. 

Secret nailing

This is another method that adds stability, and often to a greater degree than adhesive due to its greater permanence, but is slightly more time consuming and cannot be used with many tiles for example. It involves simply nailing the joining part of the planks to the subfloor, meaning the nails cannot be seen once installed. If sturdiness is what you are after, and you can’t afford adhesive or are afraid of making mistakes, this is the perfect method. In addition, some adhesives cannot be used with underfloor heating, making nailing a better method in some cases.

So, which is best for your home? We recommend choosing something sturdy if you have children running around or get a lot of footfall. Although using adhesive or nails is more time consuming in the short term, the payoffs will be greater in the long run. Always check with manufacturer for the best option for your particular floor, as for example some adhesives are not recommended with some floors.