Engineered hardwood has become a popular flooring option for Allen, TX owners. If you want to learn more about engineered hardwood or if you've already got it piled up and ready to be installed, you probably would like some tips on engineered hardwood installation. Please read on to find out about installation via the floating, glue down, and staple down methods.
First, just a few common pre-installation tips:
- Let the flooring sit in the room of installation for at the least 72 hours. This will allow it to acclimate to the room's environment.
- Mix planks between packages to ensure a combination of different shades when installing. A blend of shades will give your engineered hardwood floor character and charm.
- Check for warped boards. Obviously, you don’t want to use any subpar planks in installation.
- Gather necessary equipment: Measuring tape, pull bars, rubber mallets, tapping block, trowel, spacers, and a hardwood cleaning solution.
The floating technique consists of laying the engineered hardwood over a subfloor and connecting the planks by clicking and locking them together. That's the idea of the simplest installation method because no gluing or nailing is required. It takes precision just like the other methods, but the preparation is much less tedious and the room for error is bigger. As long as the subfloor is dry and flat, installing a floating floor should be easy.
The glue down method is relatively straightforward as well. It’s perfect if your subfloor is made of concrete. A flooring adhesive needs to be applied throughout the subfloor and the engineered hardwood planks will be applied over the adhesive to stay in place. Some adhesives instruct for planks to be applied with the glue still wet, whereas others instruct for planks to be applied as soon as the glue has dried. The first option is more viable as you can complete the installation faster, without needing to wait for the glue to dry.
For those who choose to apply the planks over a moist adhesive, consider spreading the adhesive two feet at a time. This helps with the overall process of installation as you won’t have to worry about the adhesive drying prematurely.
Staple Down Ground/Glue Down Ground
The staple down method is probably the most tough; however, many Allen, TX homeowners choose this technique because it’s the most reliable. Your carpenter experience will be tested; so, if you don’t have carpentry experience, you'll need to either rely on professional help or choose another installation method (floating or glue down).
Planks are actually stapled into the floor, about six inches apart. Because engineered hardwood consists of other non-hardwood layers, it’s more safe to use staples instead of nails. Once it’s all said and done, you’ll have a sturdy, stable floor.
- It’s smart to lay out the first two rows of planks rather than forcing them in place. Visualize the beginning of the engineered hardwood installation and draw a chalk line at the en of the second row. Additionally, leave a few half-inch hole between the first row and the wall. The usage of spacers will protect the first row and keep the half-inch hole.
- Make sure that the tongue of every plank is against the wall.
- All planks needs to be staggered six inches to avoid sample repetition. You do not want H joints or a stair step sample to appear in your wooden ground creation.
- You’ll be able to chisel planks into place by inserting a tapping block over each and tapping the tapping block with a rubber mallet.
- For those who use the glue method, make sure no glue dries on top of the planks. There’s a good chance that glue finds its way onto the planks, so have a cleaning agent (specific to cleansing engineered hardwood) handy to wipe off any glue.
- As soon as the installation is complete, avoid foot traffic for 24 hours.
Engineered hardwood installation is more difficult than it sounds or seems; therefore, keep a professional installation company handy. Sure, you’ll save money by installing it yourself; nonetheless, the set up will take longer and also you’ll probably be prone to mistakes. These mistakes can really throw a project out of whack, particularly one as long-term as installing new flooring.
Give Floors BLVD a call at (469) 535-9246 for hardwood purchase and installation. Additionally, please visit our website—https://www.floorsblvd.com— for more helpful flooring and home remodeling input.