How to Install an Engineered Floating Wood Floor How to Install an Engineered Floating Wood Floor

What You'll Need
Rubber mallet
Moisture barrier
Pry bar
Tape measure
Transition pieces

Engineered floating wood floor can provide you with a beautiful flooring option that is extremely practical as well. The process of installing this type of floor is going to be simpler than other installation methods that you have available. Here are the basics of how to install an engineered floating wood floor.

Step 1--Measure the Area

You need to start out by measuring the area that you are going to install the hardwood in. Take your tape measure and get both dimensions of the room. Multiply the two dimensions together and this will give you the square footage. At that point, you need to add approximately 10 percent onto that number to tell you how much hardwood to buy.

Step 2--Prepare the Room

Before installing, you will want to make sure that the room is prepared. Take out all of the furniture and personal belongings from the room. You will also want to remove any carpet that is currently on the floor. If you have a hardsurface floor like tile, vinyl, laminate, or hardwood, you can install engineered floating wood floor over the top of it. 

Step 3--Lay the Moisture Barrier

If you are on a concrete subfloor, or you are installing over tile that is installed on concrete, you will need to put down a moisture barrier. This typically comes in large rolls that you can spread out over the floor. Tape the edges of the moisture barrier together and run the moisture barrier up the wall about two inches. 

Step 4--Lay the Pad

After the moisture barrier is laid, you need to put down your pad. The pad is also going to come in large rolls that you can simply unroll and cover the floor. Tape the edges of the pad together and make sure that it goes up to the edge of the wall. 

Step 5--Start Laying the Wood

Start in a corner of the room and lay down one of the boards. Put a small wedge on each side of the board. You need to leave approximately a 1/4 inch gap around the edge of the room to allow for expansion. Then put another board onto the narrow end of the board on the floor. Continue laying boards in a vertical row down the edge of the wall. Make sure to continue putting wedges between the wood and the wall periodically.

Step 6--Cutting the Wood

When you get to the end of the first row, you are going to need to cut a piece to fit. Measure the appropriate distance and then use your saw to cut a board to fit. Place the board in the gap and move onto the next row.

Step 7--Continue Installing

Take the small piece that is left over from the cut and start the next row with it. This will make sure that the boards are staggered. Run a bead of glue in the groove of the board and slide it into place up against the first row. Continue laying rows in this manner until the floor is covered. 

Step 8--Finish Up

When you get all of the flooring laid, you will need to install baseboards around the edge and transition pieces where the wood meets another type of flooring. 

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