Summary: Learn how to lay wood flooring onto concrete, lay a chipboard 'Floating' floor, lay a solid wood 'Floating' floor and lay boards onto floor battens.
Floorboards can be laid directly onto a level concrete floor. This is called a “Floating” floor as no screws or nails are needed to fix the boards into position. This type of floor should only be fitted if the relative humidity of the room is lower than 75% – this can be measured with a humidity meter.
Before you start, follow the recommended requirements for floating floors and tongue-and-groove boards.
Ensure the damp-proof membrane laps up the walls to a height higher than the depth of the floor you are planning to lay.
Use a wood adhesive to join the tongue-and-groove joints of the chipboard panels together.
Skirting board will hold down the edges of the board and conceal the expansion gap.
Before you start, follow the recommended requirements for board sizes, floating floors and tongue-and-groove boards.
Alternatively, you can lay boards onto batten joists by fixing dry, pre-treated softwood battens to a concrete floor.
Hammer the frame fixing in place, then use a power screwdriver to secure the battens to the floor.
Use wedges under the battens to get your required floor height and to keep the tops of the battens level.
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