Laying Aqua Step waterproof PVC laminate flooring in 5 steps
Thank you for buying Aqua-Step laminate panels. Do you want to lay them yourself, but you don’t know how? No problem. We are happy to explain how to lay Aqua-Step laminate flooring in detail.
WHAT IS AQUA-STEP LAMINATE FLOORING?
Aqua-Step laminate flooring is ideal for humid areas such as bathrooms or kitchens. All AquaStep floors have a PVC base on which the 100% closed and waterproof ELESGO® laminate surface is applied. This makes the floors not only wear-resistant, but also 100% waterproof. This makes them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
Thanks to the Unilin click connection, laying Aqua-Step laminate is quick and easy. The soft PVC seal under the tongue of each panel makes the connection between the panels watertight. Seal the floor along the edges so water has no chance of ever getting under the laminate. The PVC base of Aqua-Step has very good sound-absorbing properties, and the floor feels warm and comfortable. AquaStep can also be combined with underfloor heating. This combination makes it wonderful to walk around barefoot.
DIFFERENT AQUA-STEP PVC FLOORING
Aqua-Step laminate flooring is available in beautiful wood and natural stone décors, as well as in different versions:
- Aqua-Step Original (flat connection – 1200 x 167 x 8 mm)
- Aqua-Step Wood 4V (V-groove on the 4 sides – 1200 x 167 x 8 mm)
- Aqua-Step Mini (V-groove on the 4 sides – 390 x 167 x 8 mm)
- Aqua-Step Parcostone (V-groove on the 4 sides – 592 x 297 x 5.3 mm)
All these versions have their own look. And the same basic principle is used for laying them.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
- Set square
- Measuring and scribing tools
- Box cutter
- Tapping block
- (Plastic) hammer
- Contour gauge or angle measurer
- Spacer wedges
- Handsaw or cross-cut saw
- (Transparent) silicone sealant
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
First, allow the panels to acclimatise in the room for 48 hours. This will ensure they are at the ambient temperature, and excessive shrinkage or expansion after laying will be avoided.
STEP 1: CHECK THE FLATNESS OF THE SURFACE.
Check whether the surface is flat. The tolerance is 2 mm max. per metre. If the evenness does not meet this tolerance, the surface must be levelled.
STEP 2: THE LAYING DIRECTION
Determine the laying direction. It is best to work with the direction of incident light. This means, perpendicular to the main window. Also remember that a room appears longer if you lay the floor along the length, and that a room looks wider if you lay the floor along the width. If in doubt, lay a few planks on the ground to get a better picture.
STEP 3: THE UNDERLAY
The matching underlay for all Aqua-Step laminate flooring is Aqua-Base. These 3 mm thick plates are easy to cut to size with a box cutter. Lay the plates perpendicular to the laying direction of the floor, tight against each other, and stick them together using special tape. This will ensure the underlay remains taut.
STEP 4: INSTALLATION
- Start with the tongue of the first panel facing towards you and the groove towards the wall.
- Make sure the first row is perpendicular to the wall.
- Maintain an expansion joint of 10 mm around the entire floor. Spacer wedges can be used for this.
- Click the planks together on the short side, use a tapping block and hammer if necessary.
- Cut the last plank of each row to size with a jigsaw, hand or trimming saw.
- Using the tensioner, pull this last piece tight against the previous plank.
- Use the leftover piece (min. 30 cm) to start the next row.
- Hold the next plank at an angle of 20° to 30° and click it into the previous row.
- Use a jigsaw to cut the planks to fit around obstacles such as corners, heating pipes, etc. Always ensure there is an expansion joint of 3 mm around every obstacle.
- If the wall is not perfectly square and the laminate must be cut diagonally, the shape can be traced easily with the help of a contour gauge or an angle measurer.
- Cut the last row lengthwise with a jigsaw or circular saw and tighten with a tensioning iron.
- After laying the last row, remove the spacers around the room.
STEP 5: THE FINISH
Finish the expansion joint with a matching skirting board or quarter round. These are easy to fix using the accompanying clips (every 40 – 50 cm) or adhesive. You can also hide wiring in the plinth. As a last step, seal the joint between the skirting board and the laminate so water cannot get past the expansion joint under the floor. Use transparent silicone for this.
Do you have any questions? Please contact us.