ASCII garbled mess, so second time lucky with the diagram... If this goes
wrong again I might just draw it!
I'm about to embark on installing some veneered Wickes flooring, and wanted
some opinions on how best to proceed.
One of the walls in the room I'm installing the laminate is at an angle
(about 20 deg or so). Across the width of the room that means we gain almost
1m's extra length at the longer wall. The wall that is angled is going to be
getting a new stove and hearth installed on it in a couple of weeks, but FIL
(Father in law) is keen to make a start with laying the boards this weekend.
The room looks something like this :
| _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
| _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ \
=== | | Chimney
| ¬ === = \
Hopefully that looks OK and not the usual ASCII drawing garbled mess. The
square bit in front of the chimney is the hearth for the stove. Dotted line
is direction of existing floorboards.
Now to the questions:
Q1 - what's the best end to start laying the flooring from?
Q2 - FIL wants to lay flooring where hearth is going to go and have hearth
placed on top of flooring. I've found out the hearth needs to be cemented
and would prefer it to go directly on top of the old slab of concrete in the
floor that would have been the old base for the fire. Neatness (no beading
round flooring at hearth / less hastle when fitting) is FIL's reason for
doing this. I'd prefer to fit flooring round the hearth but am unsure of the
possible problems with either approach.
Q3 - Any 'dos and don'ts of laying this type of flooring? For anyone with a
Wickes catalogue, it's the Oak Veneer stuff at about £17 sq/m. Click
together one rather than the glue one.
Thanks for any replies!