Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring Step-By-Step Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring Step-By-Step

Installing engineered hardwood flooring is a moderately easy do-it-yourself project. Most engineered hardwood flooring is sold in interlocking edged construction for easy installation. Many hardwood flooring installations require a good deal of cutting, nailing and gluing to put planks in place. Engineered hardwood flooring does not have these requirements. Therefore, by following these simple instructions, you will have a great looking floor with little effort at all.

Materials Needed:

•Engineered hardwood flooring
•Measuring tape
•Foam underlayment
•Circular saw
•Safety Goggles

Step 1 – Find Your Floor

Search the Internet to find that particular engineered hardwood floor that suits your needs and taste. Take careful room measurements once you’ve selected a type of flooring and determined it is available locally, visit that home improvement or flooring supply store to check it in person. Make sure it is as appealing in person as it was online when you selected it. Purchase enough engineered hardwood flooring to get the job done.

Step 2 – Prep the Floor

Remove the existing floor getting rid of all carpeting, padding and other flooring material. Make sure to thoroughly clean the floor sweeping it free of all debris. Remove any baseboards carefully for reuse after installation. Baseboard removal will also make installation of your engineered hardwood flooring easier to do.

Step 3 – Underlayment

Your foam underlayment will adhere to the floor with an adhesive strip already attached to the product. The foam underlayment provides a cushion for your engineered hardwood flooring planks. Roll out the underlayment, turn it over, remove the protective paper on the adhesive and then apply it firmly to the floorboards.

Step 4 – Start at the Corner

Place one plank of engineered flooring at the corner of the room. Fit the next plank securely in the grooves of the first sliding it in to place where it will automatically lock. Create a solid row across the room running one plank next to another until that row is complete.

Step 5 – Cut to Fit to the Wall

It may be necessary to cut the last engineered hardwood floor plank in a row to fit snugly against the wall, Wearing eye goggles, use a circular saw to make an even cut. The plank should fit snugly but not so tight that there isn’t any “give” when walked upon.

Step 6 – Next Row

The next row begins by placing a plank on the ground and sliding it into the groove of one already installed and then locking it into place. Repeat this for the entire row. The planks will not line up flush, but will have about a two-inch gap between edges. This will provide the necessary stability to keep them from breaking apart. Continue until the entire floor is covered. Cut flooring to accommodate fixtures, piping or corners where necessary

Step 7 – Reattach Baseboards

Reattach the baseboards around the edge of the room. Do not worry if the engineered hardwood flooring plank closest to the wall’s edge is rough. The baseboard will hide any little imperfections.


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