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Installing timber flooring

Found the perfect timber floor? Then this easy-to-follow guide will help you lay your timber floor in no time. Our click systems are designed in such a way that the floor can be installed very quickly and easily.

Download instructions (floating and glued-down)

STEP 1: Click or glued-down installation?

You can install your timber floor in two ways.

  • Click installation (floating installation)
  • Glued-down installation

The click installation method makes it easier to afterwards replace a damaged plank, without damaging the rest of the timber floor.
We advise you to always check the installation instructions for your floor before getting started.

man installing a grey timber floor on an underlay

STEP 2: Prepare the subfloor before installing your timber floor

Your timber flooring must be installed on a solid, self-supporting wooden or cement based subfloor. Make sure to remove any other type of floor coverings. The quality of your subfloor really has a big influence on the final installation result. Therefore it is required that the subfloor needs to be flat, clean, firm and dry. Make sure to remove any loose parts like wood splinters, loose planks or tiles etc.

STEP 3: Choose your underlay or glue

For a floating installation it is always necessary to use an underlay. They are specially designed to offer excellent sound reduction, thermal resistance and levelling. The choice of a Pergo underlay will make sure the installation goes much smoother.

When choosing a glued-down installation, an underlay is not needed.

beige timber floor with an underlay underneath

STEP 4: Collect your tools

To install your Pergo timber floor, you don’t need expensive tools. Just a few common DIY tools (folding rule, pencil, hammer, handsaw or jigsaw, carpenters square and possible power drill and hand gloves) and the Pergo installation set containing a tapping block, pull bar and spacers.

STEP 5: Install an underlay for your timber floor

Unroll your Pergo underlay and lay it as close as possible to your wall. If you choose to install a floating floor you must lay the first section of underlay parallel to the length of the planks to be installed. Gradually add the next sections of underlay as you lay the wood planks. Use our Pergo adhesive tape to attach the rows together in order to make the installation damp-proof. Seal all joints and make sure you don’t leave any gaps (except when you have a wooden subfloor).

*Not needed for glued-down installation.

STEP 6: Lay your timber floor

The following instructions are applicable for floating installation:

  1. First, check how many full rows of planks you will need by dividing the width of the room by the width of a plank.
  2. Make a mark on the wall where you’ll be laying your last full plank. The last plank should be at least 4 cm wide for easy installation.
  3. Start with the first plank you will install in the corner of the room. Remove the click profile on both the long and the short side of the plank by sawing it off. Any side of a plank that is directly next to a wall, must have its click profile removed, in order to ensure the required expansion gap.
  4. We recommend the overlap/staggering between end joints to be about 1/3 of the plank length but never less than 30 cm.
  5. Click the first plank of the second row into the first plank of the first row and keep going like that. The easiest way to work is to sit on the already installed planks.

STEP 7: Saw your timber floor

To make sure that your timber floor fits perfectly in your room, you will need to cut a few planks. When cutting the Pergo wood plank be sure you are not creating splinters or chipping when cutting. If using a handsaw keep the decorative surface faced up. If using a jigsaw keep decorative surface down (except for a jigsaw with down-stroke blades). Don’t forget to wear gloves and use a pencil to draw your cutting lines!

STEP 8: Finish in style and keep it watertight

For a nice finish of the floor, we recommend installing our Pergo matching skirtings, finishing profiles, or other fine details like Pipe covers.

Want a watertight finish?

close up of grey timber skirting with watertight finish