Installation of 18mm to 22mm Multilayer Flooring


After all pre-installation conditions are met you can proceed with installing your new floor. Pre-installation conditions refer to the site conditions; the sub-floor must be smooth, level and sturdy, humidity levels must be correct and the floor must have acclimatized.

1.    Undercut the bottom of door frames, wardrobes, etc. to allow for the floor board to fit under it, plus always leave a full 15mm expansion gap around the full perimeter of the floor.
2.    Open 4 or 5 packs and “shuffle” the boards to ensure an even distribution of colour and character.
3.    The industry standard of 5% -10% waste shall apply for defects and cutting.
4.    If you discover a defective piece DO NOT INSTALL IT. You are the final judge of acceptance quality.  ESB Flooring will not be responsible for costs associated with installing, finishing and/or replacing of flooring installed with obvious defects.
5.    Ideally boards should be laid “end on” to the incoming day light. The first board should be laid groove to the wall allowing for expansion of minimum 15mm between the wall and first board and continue all round with minimum 15mm expansion gap. Do not butt up against any fixed construction such as wall, door frame, pipes, partition, etc.

The most common methods of installation for multilayer floors (18mm – 22mm thick) is either Floating and Glue Down. However, ESB recommend that any floor which is 220mm wide or wider should be Glued Down.

FLOATING INSTALLATION – Floating is slightly quicker and easier to install, making it cheaper per sq meter to install. Floating also gives you the opportunity to use different underlays for different needs such as a moisture barrier or sound insulation.

1.    18mm to 22mm Multilayer Wood Flooring when floated must be installed over minimum 2mm foam or fibreboard underlay.
2.    The Tongue and Groove joining system must be glued together with wood flooring PVA adhesive, to be applied in both groove sides of each board; the head of the board, then along the edge of the board. Run the adhesive along the full length of both ends and not in patches.  Installation clamp & strap systems are recommended to hold rows in place whilst the glue sets.
3.    Starter boards from the off cuts of the flooring should be used at the beginning of each row to ensure that a stagger is created between the header joints of a minimum 500mm. This also gives valuable added strength to the installation as well as improving the overall appearance.

GLUE DOWN INSTALLATION - It is of utmost importance that your sub floor is stable, smooth and level before you install your wood floor. However, the one advantage of the "Glue Down" installation method is that if your sub floor is not 100% perfect then gluing your wood floor down is a better installation method than floating because the wood floor will not be able to move as much. Whereas on a slightly imperfect sub floor, if you have used the floating floor installation method you may feel and hear the wood floor move in places.

1.    You must use a professionally formulated specialist wood flooring adhesive such as Rewmar MS Polymer that is either alcohol or polyurethane based, always ensuring the manufacturers guidelines are strictly followed on application. Both trowel and glue batten systems are acceptable.
2.    Always keep glue off the surface area of the boards and do not let any surplus glue dry on the finished flooring as this is very difficult to remove.