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How to Install Herringbone Flooring?

Are you a professional flooring installer looking to delve into the world of herringbone engineered flooring installation? This guide is tailored just for you. Herringbone patterned floors are not only stylish but also add a touch of sophistication to any space. With the right tools, materials, and know-how, you can master the art of installing herringbone engineered flooring like a pro.

Herringbone Flooring by Imperial Flooring Australia

Tools and Materials Required

Before you embark on the installation process, ensure you have the following tools and materials ready:

  • Herringbone engineered flooring planks

  • Timber flooring adhesive

  • Adhesive trowel

  • Moisture barrier

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Chalk line or laser

  • Saw (either circular or mitre)

  • Tapping block

  • White mallet

  • Spacer wedges

  • Level

  • Cleaning wipes

Step 1: Preparing the Subfloor

To start, ensure the subfloor is clean, dry, and level. Check for any imperfections and make necessary remedial work on the subfloor with either floor self levelling compounds, floor grinding or floor sanding depending on the subfloor type. For ground level concrete subfloors, install a suitable moisture barrier.

Step 2: Planning the Layout

The key to a successful herringbone installation lies in meticulous planning. Begin by determining the centre of the room or the preferred starting point of the space (eg centre of the front door entrance) and marking reference lines using a chalk line. This will serve as a guide for laying the first row of herringbone flooring planks.

Step 3: Installing the First Row

Apply flooring adhesive to the first run set out on the subfloor, carefully place it along the reference line. Use a tapping block and white mallet to ensure a snug fit. Remember to leave a expansion gaps around the edges of the perimeter to accommodate future expanding and contracting of the herringbone floors. Tip, refer to your timber floor adhesive set times / dry times, don't spread to much adhesive on the subfloor as herringbone flooring is a time consuming laying process and you don't want the adhesive to go off and not adhere to the boards.

Step 4: Creating the Herringbone Pattern

For each subsequent row, cut the planks to the degree angle on perimeter finishing using a mitre saw to create the herringbone pattern. Apply adhesive to the subfloor and install the boards following the herringbone pattern, interlocking the pieces like a puzzle. Use spacer wedges to maintain consistent gaps on the perimeter edges. Remember to clean as you go any excess adhesive with suitable cleaning wipes.

Step 5: Completing the Installation

Continue laying the flooring planks row by row until the entire room is covered. Use a level to ensure each row is straight and aligned. Trim the final row to fit the remaining space, maintaining the herringbone pattern. Dont spread to much adhesive to the subfloor layout, plan your runs carefully and remember adhesive has set times that the board must be applied to.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Once all the planks are in place, remove the spacer wedges and fill any gaps with wood filler if required. Clean the surface of any adhesive residue and allow the floor to set as per the manufacturer's instructions.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed herringbone engineered flooring. Step back and admire the elegant beauty you have brought to the space.

In conclusion, installing herringbone engineered flooring requires precision, patience, and attention to detail. By following these steps and utilizing the right tools, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that will elevate any room's aesthetic appeal.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't flawless. With time and experience, you'll be mastering herringbone engineered flooring installations with ease.

So, gear up with your tools and get ready to transform spaces with the timeless charm of herringbone engineered flooring.

Herringbone Flooring by Imperial Flooring Australia


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