When calculating the floor area (m2). It’s very important to allow for wastage, depending on the size and shape of the room and the amount of cutting required. Usually you should allow for an extra 5-8% of timber.

• It is important that any subfloor (concrete slab, chipboard etc) where the timber floors are to be installed, are level and smooth. The maximum tolerance acceptable is 3mm per 3 liner meters.

• In the event where the sub floor levels are not acceptable, it is recommended that the surface be ground/sanded or filled with a levelling compound to achieve a flat level surface.

• The concrete slab where the flooring will be laid needs to be tested to ensure it is below the 5.5% moisture content generally achieved after 6-8 months of curing (See AS 1844 – 1985) if not, the moisture barrier needs to be applied.
Follow these simple steps for a perfect floor...
1. Prepare laminate flooring, tools and accessories ready to do the job.
Remenber to acclimatise the flooring in the room/s it is to be laid for 48 hours in the unopened packs.
2. The subfloor should be clean, dry and level. 3. When laying on a mineral-based subfloor like concrete, a damp proof barrier (PE Sheeting), should be placed accross the floor in the laying direction. 4. Foam sheeting is used for noise reduction and to level out minor variations in the subfloor.
HDM's Protecta damp-proof underlay provides a 2 in 1 solution offering both damp proofing and sound insulation in one.
5. If possible, start laying in the left corner of the room. Use spacer wedges against the walls to leave a 10mm expansion gap. When you have finished laying the first row, cut the last board to fit into the end of the row and use the piece you have cut off to start the next row so that the joints are staggered as shown. 6. With the click system the panels are easily clicked together to form a tight joint. Simply push the tongue into groove at a 20-30° angle and then push the board down flat until it fits into place. 7. When the foor is laid you can fit the matching skirtings or trims. 8. Skirtings and trims are easily and invisibly fixed to the walls using dowels.

Your new laminate floor is now ready for use...Enjoy!