Let’s check the installation guide before laying the flooring over the concrete. Hybrid flooring is a great way to upgrade your home’s look, and if you are thinking about how to lay hybrid flooring on concrete, the answer is very simple.
Hybrid flooring has a “click-together” design (also known as a “floating floor” structure) that allows for simple installation by anyone. However, you must carefully read the flooring guidelines in case there are any special installation requirements that you must be aware of ahead of time.
How to Lay Hybrid Flooring on Concrete? Installation Guide
Hybrid floors are highly durable due to their versatility and durability, mainly because they are 100% waterproof and can be used in high moisture areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. So, what’s next?
In this blog, we will show you how to install hybrid floors, which is surprisingly simple.
First, it is essential to understand that hybrid flooring is intended to be installed as a floating floor, meaning that the floorboards are laid over your existing floor without glue or nails.
The floating floor construction is extremely convenient and reduces installation costs, and floorboards can be laid on almost any surface (such as tile, timber, and laminate).
Step 1: Examine Your Area.
Before you begin the installation, you must first measure the space. This step is necessary to ensure you purchase the appropriate number of hybrid planks for your project.
Step 2: Gather the necessary tools and materials.
A measuring tape, chalk line, pencil, crosscut power saw, pry bar, tapping block, mallet, and tape are all required for a typical flooring installation.
Trims, molding, and safety glasses may also be required for the project.
Check the installation instructions that come with the flooring for a complete list of the tools and materials you’ll need.
Step 3: Get the floor ready.
The subfloor must be solid, level, clean, and dry.
Preparing your floor for installation entails the following steps:
- Carefully remove any furniture, old flooring (if necessary), and reusable wall trims or bases.
- Clean and dry the subfloor. The subfloor must be solid, level, clean, and dry.
- Examine for flaws, as uneven subfloors can cause hybrid flooring to fail prematurely.
If you need to make any repairs:
- Do so now.
- Remember to let the concrete subfloor completely cure (about 60 days) before installing hybrid flooring.
- Proceed to the next step after ensuring that your subfloor and site conditions meet installation specifications.
Step 4: Apply underlays.
Install underlayment if necessary. Underlays are typically installed with a release-type adhesive and fully adhered flooring. Read the installation instructions to see if you need underlays.
Step 5: Lay the flooring.
Hybrid flooring installation is typically started as close to the longest run as possible. Planning your installation on paper is critical to determine where to trim. Make sure to leave a 6 to 10-mm gap on the sides for temperature-related flooring expansion and contraction.
Any off-cuts from a previous row should be avoided while laying. Also, make certain that the flooring is perfectly aligned and securely fastened. Place wedges to maintain the expansion gap as you lay the flooring.
Step 6: Complete the floor.
Finally, remove the wedges and spacers and install the skirting boards. If any trimming is required, ensure it does not interfere with expansion gaps. Finally, clean the floor with the recommended cleaner.
Looking for hybrid planks for your project? Browse our range of hybrid flooring options on the New Wave Flooring website.