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RenovatingHow To Lay Hybrid Flooring

Hybrid flooring is the interior trend sweeping through Australian homes, loved for its affordability, durability and sensational appearance. And with many renovators opting to install the boards themselves, we’ve teamed up with flooring expert, Beaumont Tiles, to explain how to lay hybrid flooring the right way.

Beaumont Stone Impression Isocore Flooring
Beaumont Stone Impression Isocore Flooring

Beaumont Tiles design specialist, Christie Wood, explains that the new Hybrid range is one of the most DIY-friendly flooring options around because it’s lightweight and easy to assemble. It’s also a product that suits most budgets and comes in a wide range of colour options perfect for Australian homes. (Take a look at the pros and cons of hybrid flooring to find out how it compares to other options.)

“Hybrid flooring offers a brilliant option for renovators with its stunning range of timber and stone looks. It’s the perfect range for those looking to complete their renovation quickly and with a stylish, practical floor.”

Christie Wood, Beaumont Tiles

Beaumont’s low-maintenance, innovative hybrid floorboards are waterproof, fire-tested, pet-friendly and even specially treated to inhibit the growth of bacteria and other nasties. Most even come with a lifetime residential warranty for total peace of mind.

How To Lay Hybrid Flooring (SPCore and Isocore)

Beaumont Hickory Montgomery Isocore Flooring
Beaumont Hickory Montgomery Isocore Flooring

So you’ve (finally!) chosen your Beaumont floorboards and you’re ready to install them. The first step is to make sure you have the right tools for the job:

  • Spacers
  • Rubber mallet
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Tapping block
  • Pull bar
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Broom
  • Felt pads

Time needed: 1 day

  1. Check your subfloor

    Ensure the subfloor is structurally sound, clean, dry and level to 5mm within 3m2.

    Checking subfloor is level

  2. Check your floorboards for imperfections

    Most likely, your hybrid boards will be perfect, but give your product a quick check before you install to be certain.

    Checking hybrid floorboard for imperfections

  3. Check the room temperature

    Check the room’s temperature – optimal laying temperature is 18 degrees, and not over 30 degrees.

    Checking the room temperature on electronic panel

  4. Lay the first plank

    Set your spacers and position the first plank with the grooved edges away from the walls. Don’t forget to leave a 10mm expansion gap as per your installation guide.

    Laying hybrid floorboard

  5. Insert the next board

    The tight lock (angle-tap down) allows for easy installation. Just insert the tongue into the groove.

    Connecting hybrid floorboards

  6. Tap the board into place

    Tap the inserted board down softly with a rubber mallet to lock it into place. This helps avoid gaps, which can compromise the installation.

    Tapping floorboard into place

  7. Cut off any excess

    At the end of the first row, cut off the excess of the plank and turn it around to lock it into place. Use the leftover plank to start the next row if it measures more than 30cm, otherwise, cut a new plank in half and use it to begin the next row.

    Laying floorboards

  8. Aim for a staggered pattern

    Arrange your floorboards in a staggered pattern, with a stagger of no less than 20cm.

    Staggered installation of floorboards

  9. Repeat until finished!

    Continue laying your boards in a staggered pattern until you’re done!

    Beaumont Oak Dover Isocore Flooring

Caring For Your New Floors

Your boards are down and your new floor looks sensational! But to keep it looking as good as new, there are a few rules to remember when it comes to daily use:

Beaumont Oak Grey Isocore Hybrid Flooring
Beaumont Oak Grey Isocore Flooring
  • Avoid walking on spike-soled shoes and stiletto heels
  • Ensure you apply furniture pads to the legs of dining tables to avoid scratching
  • Use only PH-neutral cleaners on your floorboards – no wax, vinegar, abrasive cleaners or solvents
  • Avoid steam cleaners and vacuums with beater bars
  • Don’t let your boards get exposed to direct sunlight for long periods
  • Remove any spills quickly with a sponge or mop
  • Ensure cigarettes, matches and other hot items don’t come in contact with the floorboards
Beaumont Stone Impression Niagara Iscore Hybrid Flooring
Beaumont Stone Impression Niagara Isocore Flooring

Head over to Beaumont Tiles for more information on hybrid flooring.

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