Installing a wood floor for yourself might on the face of it seem a daunting task, and certainly it is not something that you should embark upon without the correct tools and knowledge to hand. However, it is not beyond the capabilities of anyone with moderate DIY skills. On this page, we shall try to offer some general advice on floor preparation and techniques, but it should be emphasised that you should always read and adhere to the fitting instructions that will be included in each pack of flooring.
You will need to leave a 10mm expansion gap around the perimeter of the room. To maintain this gap during installation spacers should be used, which are removed once the floor if finished, at which point the expansion gap can be covered either with scotia or beading, or alternatively, with new skirting boards. Remember that the expansion gap must also be left in doorways where the floor follows through from one room to another; a jamb undercutting saw should be used to trim the door jambs where the floor might bind, and where required, an appropriate threshold bar should be fitted, again with the expansion gap allowed for.