How to Install a Floating Hardwood Floor How to Install a Floating Hardwood Floor

What You'll Need
Floating Hardwood Tiles or Strips
Wood Glue
Small Hammer
Tape Measure
Laser level

A floating hardwood floor is the easiest type of hardwood floor to install. Rather than being nailed down, the pieces of wood can be glued or snapped together. This article will help you install a new floating hardwood floor for your home.

Step 1 - Measure Your Flooring Area

First, you will need to measure the area that you wish to add flooring to. By doing this, you will be able to determine exactly how much floating hardwood pieces you will need with out over buying or over spending. Keep in mind that it is best to purchase additional tiles or strips beyond what is needed so that you may correct mistakes in laying or fix damage that is caused in the future. If you estimate an additional 10 percent above and beyond what you need you will be in good shape for excess and waste. It's better to purchase this at the same time to avoid differences in colors that occur in different lots of flooring.

Step 2 - Install Floating Hardwood Floor

You will want to begin installing the floating hardwood floor in the furthest corner away from the door or exit of the room, so that you do not literally work yourself in to a corner with out an exit. You will begin by placing the first strip or tile in place. Make sure that the tile is straight, level and even. Using a laser level is a good idea, but not absolutely necessary. Next you will connect the tile or strip in place. Most floating hardwood floors are designed to snap into place, however you may need to use some wood glue. Be sure you understand the product you have purchased, because using the wrong kind of glue can damage some types of flooring. Others types of hardwood require no glue or adhesive at all, and there is no point in purchasing this if you don't need it. Continue this process until you have put all the strips and tiles in to place and covered the entire floor of the room.

Step 3 - Check Your Work

Lastly, you will want to go through and check your work to make sure that all of the tiles have been laid properly and correctly. You will need to make sure that all of the tiles are even and that all of the wood grain lays in the proper direction. Allow the floor to set in place for at least 48 hours before you go back and install any baseboard that you may have needed to pull out for the installation. This will allow you plenty of time to allow the floor to settle, and you won't need to worry about compressing the corners causing the wood to pop if you install baseboard too tightly against the floor.

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