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INSTALLATION ADVICE


Please note that the below advice is just a short simple guide to flooring installation and is far from a comprehensive list of do’s and dont’s, and as with anything, care should be taken, and common sense applied, when using and handling the materials and tools required to complete the job in hand.  Whilst we understand that many people will undertake these tasks themselves, we would always recommend paying a trained and experienced professional to ensure your new flooring is installed correctly and safely.

Vinyl Flooring
·          vinyl floor installation.jpgVinyl flooring is relatively simple to install. 
·          Clean the sub floor of any dirt, dust or contaminants. 
·          Ensure that the surface is smooth and use smoothing compound or plywood/hardboard where required.
·          Carefully unroll the vinyl in the room being careful not to cause any tears or creases.
·          Using a sharp knife gently cut away any large sections of excess vinyl leaving approx 20mm – 50mm folded up the skirting board.
·          If you are intending to glue the vinyl to the sub floor you will need to fold back 1 half of the floor covering and spread the adhesive across the revealed area before carefully rolling the vinyl back into place ensuring there are no bubbles or wrinkles and then repeating for the other half of the vinyl floor.
·          Once the vinyl flooring is in place you can then accurately and carefully trim the flooring to the edge of the skirting board using a sharp knife.
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Carpets
carpet gripper.jpg
·          Clean the sub floor of any dirt, dust or contaminants. 
·          Ensure that the surface is smooth and use smoothing compound or plywood/hardboard where required.
·          Install the carpet gripper rods to the perimeter of the room leaving a suitably sized gap to tuck the carpet into.
·          Unroll the carpet underlay and secure with staples or spray adhesive.  Completely cover the room and secure the underlay before making the final cuts just to the inside edge of the carpet grippers.
·          Carefully unroll the carpet in the room being careful not to cause any tears or creases.
·          carpet installation.jpgUsing a sharp knife gently cut away any large sections of excess carpet leaving approx 50mm – 100mm folded up the skirting board.
·          Using a bolster, tuck one end of the carpet between the gripper and the skirting board and ensure it has attached to the gripper.
·          Trim this entire wall to the desired length using a sharp knife or carpet trimmer and ensure it is tucked and hooked on the gripper adequately.
·          Now, using a carpet kicker, gently stretch the carpet onto the gripper rods at the opposite end of the room and tuck and trim as necessary ensuring that any creases and ‘bubbles’ are gone
·          Once the length of the room has been secured and is tight you can repeat the above steps across the width of the room.
 
 
Laminate and ‘floated’ wooden flooring
·          laminate installation.jpgClean the sub floor of any dirt, dust or contaminants. 
·          Ensure that the surface is smooth and use smoothing compound or plywood/hardboard where required.
·          Install the laminate flooring underlay by loose laying it across the sub floor.
·          Identify your ‘starting wall’.  This is usually the longest, straightest wall.
·          Starting from the left fit the boards together (ensuring they are kept straight) along the entire length of the starting wall.
·          Trim the last board of the row to the required length using a suitable saw ensuring you have allowed adequate expansion (usually 8-10mm) and put the ‘off-cut’ aside.
·          Now check to see if you need to ‘scribe’ the row so that it follows the contours of the wall and cut as necessary.
·          Install the spacer wedges so that the floor will not move whilst installing
·          Now take the off-cut from the previous row and use it to start the 2nd row (there needs to be a minimum 300mm distance between the joints of adjoining rows).
·          Continue to fit the boards from left to right, row by row using the above procedure.
·          When encountering a doorway you will need to cut the bottom of the door frame and architrave out so that the floor can slide underneath allowing the necessary expansion.
·          When fitting click together flooring underneath the door frame it may be necessary to cut the locking profile off and apply PVA adhesive to the joint.
·          IMAG0836.jpgIMAG1254.jpgOnce the entire floor area has been covered you will need to remove any spacer wedges you have in place and install the new skirting board or scotia trim to hide the expansion gap around the perimeter.