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Installation Guide for Hybrid Flooring

You’ve discovered the benefits and features of hybrid flooring for your home or commercial space. You know it’s a great choice because of its versatility, durability and waterproof nature that will fit right into your family home or busy business.

From wet areas to living rooms and office waiting rooms, this high-quality material is a popular choice that feels great underfoot.

Throughout this article, we will be discussing the procedure of installing hybrid floors.

Preparing your Hybrid Floors 

Before any physical work can take place, you must know about floating floors – which in its simplicity means that this medium can be laid over existing floors without using nails or glue.

When it comes to this great looking material, you are getting value for money all around, given that the ability to install it yourself on just about any surface saves on money.

Before making a start, the only real stipulation is to ensure the surface is even, so it cannot be laid atop carpet.

What makes this an ideal selection for your home is that installation is the simple process of clicking the joints together that can be gently tapped with a mallet to keep them in place. This means that your floor uses the force of friction and gravity as an anchor.

Step One: Look at Space Availability

Like any project, planning is a crucial stage and determines what makes your project a success. Here is what needs to be considered before moving forward:

Room Size

To determine the number of planks you require and any associated costs, you need to know the size of the area where you will be installing your floor.

It also assists with determining the length of boards you choose.

Subfloor Suitability

The existing floor on which your new flooring will be laid must be checked for flatness because a smooth surface is required before installation.

Additionally, if said subfloor has high moisture, a barrier must be created before laying your new planks.

Layout

Before laying anything, planning ahead will enable you to get the best look in your rooms.

You want to avoid them being:              

  • Shaped awkwardly 
  • Edges not lining up
  • Seams not lining up
  • Not accounting for power points

The layout also needs to be considered for aesthetic purposes. Creating a natural staggered look laid parallel to any window will give it the best appearance.

Step Two: Subfloor Preparation

The next step is to prepare your subfloor. Before laying your hybrid floors, ensure the subfloor is dry and clean and free from dirt, oils and paint. Steps you will need to undertake include:

  • Remove any furniture
  • Remove any floating floor if applicable
  • Smooth out any deviations for a smooth surface

Step Three: Optional – Underlay Preparation

Given the already layered properties of hybrid floors, you may not deem this step as necessary. However, if you decide to install underlay, it is used under the planks for a little ‘give’ underfoot. 

Made from rubber or soft foam, it helps reduce noises from footfall and can impact slightly uneven subfloors. It should be noted this step is optional because most hybrid planks come with this layer already attached.

Step Four: Laying Your Hybrid Floor

This is the fun part and is easily achieved with minimal effort and equipment:

  • Drop saw
  • Table saw
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber mallet
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Spacers
  • Pull bar.

Getting started

Following these guidelines will assist with the seamless installation of your hybrid floors:

Install the planks from left to right – from the outset, the tongue side should face the wall to easily slot together.

Use spacers for uniform distancing – this gap enables variations in natural size with changes in temperature. This is usually around 6mm to 10mm. Once installed, gaps can be covered using moulding or silicone for wet areas.

Connecting Planks

As you begin connecting the second role of your planks, it’s relatively easy from herein:

  • For equally sized planks, cure the first shorter for staggering.
  • Cutting involves simply scoring the hybrid plank with a knife and ruler, turning it over and snapping in two. A saw can be used if required.
  • Insert the plank grooves at a 30-degree angle above the floor.
  • Tap lightly with the mallet to secure the lock mechanism.
  • Regularly check that the planks are parallel.
  • Cut around planks when encountering obstacles.
  • Use a pull bar with the last row.

That’s all there is to it, although it is preferable for a professional to install your hybrid flooring to comply with building codes.

Ongoing Maintenance and Care

While a durable form of flooring, it is essential that you take care of your newly laid floor to keep it looking its best.

The regular practice of sweeping, vacuuming and mopping is adequate to keep it clean and avoid a build of dust and other grime.

Clean up other spills as they happen to avoid staining and protect from direct sunlight to protect from fading.

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