Lay wooden floor - step by step instructions

Laying a wooden floor on a substructure made of slats is possible with a little care and patience for every DIY enthusiast. You do not need many special tools for it, nor any special previous knowledge. The step by step instructions on how to lay a wooden floor on a battens yourself can be found here.

Lay a wooden floor step by step

  • jigsaw
  • table saw
  • Japanese saw
  • screwdriver
  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • bat
  • rubber hammer
  • drilling machine
  • spirit level
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • vapor barrier
  • wood flooring
  • battens
  • Felt pieces / Malervlies

1. Check and level the substrate

If you want to lay the wooden floor on screed, you should at least design a vapor barrier on the ground floor. In addition, the substrate must be dry and free from cracks. If the substructure is to be screwed to a beam position, you should check the beams for carrying capacity and condition.

2. Produce underlay

Read the distance the slats of the substructure may have to match the thickness of your planks. Even very strong floorboards can not be transferred indefinitely. Approximately 40 centimeters are at the distance of the slats.

The slats must be securely screwed on. If the ground is not even, small thin wooden tiles should balance the differences. So that the slats can not squeak later, you should underlay strips of felt or paint fleece. Footfall sound insulation works in a similar way, but can itself squeak when it comes to footfall sound insulation made of styrofoam. Especially with a screed or concrete floor this squeak protection is important.

3. Screw on planks

Planks with tongue and groove must be neatly pushed together with a suitable striker. The tongue and groove must not be damaged. Most DIY stores offer matching batons. Otherwise, you can make the practical tool also from a piece of new planks itself.

For most types of wood, it makes sense to pre-drill the holes for the screws. Use a thin wood drill that is slightly thinner than the screw in question. Prevent them by pre-drilling, which tears your floorboard in the course of time by the pressure load.

4. Protect and seal wood

Due to the laying, the wood will probably not be completely flat. You should therefore sand the floor after laying. This works best with a floor sander from the hardware store. There, the devices are borrowed by the hour.

Then you can either paint or varnish the wooden floor. If you prefer the natural look, a light seal with wood wax or wood oil is of course enough. Then it is important to buy especially high-quality varieties without strong grain when buying the wood. Even a larger number of branches is more of a hindrance in a naturally treated soil.

Tips & Tricks

When buying the wooden floorboards, pay attention to the residual moisture. If possible, this should not exceed ten percent. If you want to make sure that your wood is not too damp, there are already small measuring instruments in the DIY stores that can measure both the residual moisture in wood and in masonry walls for less than ten euros.

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