Transform Your Home with These Easy Tips to Installing Hardwood Floors over Chipboard
When it comes to installing hardwood floors, chipboard is not the ideal subfloor to install them on. However, if you are in a situation where you need to install hardwood floors on top of a chipboard floor, it can be done. With the right materials and techniques, you can create a stable and durable hardwood floor. Here is a guide on how to lay hardwood floors over chipboard.
First, you need to determine how much hardwood flooring you need for the job. Measure the dimensions of the room and multiply them to get the square footage. Add 10% for errors to get an accurate flooring estimate.
Next, you need to decide which method you are going to use to install the hardwood floors. Gluing is the most difficult, but has the most secure installation. Stapling is a little easier and floating installation is the easiest method. Make sure you get the appropriate materials according to the installation method you choose.
Before installation, it is important to leave the hardwood in the house for at least 24 hours to allow it to acclimate. When installation is ready, the preparation of the subfloor depends on the installation method. If gluing, use a trowel to spread adhesive onto the floor. For floating, use an appropriate pad underlayment. If stapling, lay felt paper down over the chipboard.
Start in the corner of the room and work your way outwards. Lay the first board down, and then lay another one horizontally. Depending on the installation method, you will need to apply the proper technique. For example, if gluing, press the board down into the glue. If stapling, shoot some staples diagonally down through the tongue and into the chipboard. If floating, glue the joints and lay the boards down on top of the pad.
When you reach the end of the run of boards, the last board will need to be cut down to fit. If gluing, leave something heavy on the floor to hold it in place while the glue dries. For stapling or floating, the floor is immediately ready to walk upon.
Installing hardwood floors on chipboard is possible with the right techniques and materials. We hope you found this guide helpful as you install your hardwood floors. Good luck and remember to take your time and double check each step.