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How to lay floating floorboards

Developed as an alternative to nailing or adhering materials to a subfloor, floating floorboards are joined together with a tongue-and-groove system that clicks into position.

How to lay floating floorboards

The floors actually do float, expanding and contracting with weather and moisture content.

When installing it’s important to allow for this expansion by leaving a 10mm gap around the perimeter that’s usually covered by the skirting boards after the floor is laid.

The boards are sold in different sizes and usually supplied with a finished surface so there’s no need to sand or seal.

They can be installed over tiles, concrete, vinyl or timber.

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To install a floating floor DIY you’ll need to buy a floor laying installation kit, $25, underlay, $45, duct tape, $5, and the floorboards.

To lay 20sqm of flooring at about $30 per sqm will cost about $670.

TIP: If laying a floating floor over a new slab leave it for one month per 25mm thickness to ensure the concrete has completely cured.

 
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