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Light Oak Hybrid Flooring


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Hybrid Flooring is a great choice for those looking for a low maintenance & durable floating floor. However, it's important to keep in mind that heavy objects like island benches and cabinetry should not be installed on floating floors. Instead, the flooring should be cut and installed around these objects. We recommend ordering 10% extra flooring to cover installation cuts, fitments, and wastage. Also, please note that Hybrid Flooring comes with pre-attached underlay, so there's no need to install any further underlay during installation. 

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

To ensure the proper installation of flooring, the subfloor must be completely even, dry, clean, and solid. Any carpet staples or glue residue must be removed, and the floor must be thoroughly cleaned. At Imperial Flooring Australia, we prioritise the quality of our installations, so it is essential to prepare the subfloor properly to achieve the best results. This means ensuring that there are no uneven surfaces or debris that could affect the new flooring. By taking the time to prepare the subfloor correctly, you can help guarantee the longevity and appearance of your new flooring.

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

Check the subfloor flatness before proceeding with any installation: Using a minimum 2metre straight edge or laser level. Any floor uneven must be rectified to manufacturer's subfloor flatness tolerance guidelines.

Moisture problems of the subfloor must be thoroughly checked. Any moisture issues must be resolved before installation by installing a moisture barrier. New concrete subfloors must cure for at least 60 days before the installation. 

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

Making sure the room has been checked, place your first panel with the trimmed locking system removed facing the wall with packers for expansion set either side to commence the installation. We recommend a minimum of 10mm & greater for the perimeter expansion. DO NOT install Hybrid Flooring flush to the wall without expansion gaps, the floors require breathing room to expand and contract with a minimum 10mm expansion gap.

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

Using a rubber mallet and a tapping block, carefully align the edges.

Continue along the wall until the last panel is requiring fitting. To fit the last panel, mark off the excess and cut with a mitre saw. Tap the last panel into place with a pull bar. 

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

Start the next row with the offcut piece from the previous row to stagger the pattern. The board piece should be minimum 20cm long with a joint offset of at least 40cm. To attach the panels, tilt the panel slightly upwards to about  a 15-25° when lowered the plank, it will then click into place with light pressure. Ensure that any gaps are as small as possible. Continue locking each panel into place, ensuring a straight and tight fit beginning with the long side first and then tapping the short side into place. Always use a rubber mallet and tapping block instead of striking the floor directly, which could damage the locking system.


To fit the last row, place a panel on top of the previous row. With the tongue to the wall, place another panel upside down on the one to be measured and use it as a ruler. Do not forget to allow room for spacers. 


Cut the panel and tap it into place with the pull bar.

Expansion space is always needed for areas, such as door frames, door jambs and heating vents. First, trim the panel to the proper length. Then place the cut panel next to the actual position and use a ruler to measure and mark the areas to be cut out. Cut out the marked points and allow the necessary expansion distance on each side.

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

Trim door frames by turning a panel upside down as a height measurement and using a multi-tool cutter to cut away the necessary height so that panels can slide easily underneath for a clean finish.

Hybrid Waterproof Flooring Install Guide

It's important to make sure that the manufacturer guidelines are followed when installing a hybrid waterproof flooring. To ensure a successful installation, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly floor experts for further information. We are always available to answer any questions you may have.

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