Floating wood is otherwise called as engineered wood. This wood is made from layers of real wood that are compressed together. It adds more value, beauty and gives a very warm feel for your home. This kind of wooden floor is mostly preferred because unlike solid hardwood floor it can be handled when there are changes in humidity levels or dampness.
If you have decided to go in for this kind of engineered wood as your flooring option then you must know that there are 4 different ways to install depending on your sub-floor. It can be glued, nailed, stapled or the floating method.
Below we will find out what it takes to install a floating hardwood floor. Even before you begin to lay the floor the below points have to be taken into consideration.
Room preparation: Prepare the room by removing the existing baseboards and thresholds using a piece of the flooring material.
Pre-installation inspection: It is a huge responsibility to inspect each board for defects before the installation.
Sub-floor type: Engineered wooden floor can mostly be installed over concrete, terrazzo, ceramic, tile, wood or even vinyl. Before installing, check the manufacturer’s instructions should first.
Sub-floor preparation: Sub-floor should be cleaned and should be free from any paint, wax, grease, any curing products, debris or anything that can be a hurdle for installing the floor.
Moisture barrier: All the concrete sub-floors must be checked for moisture content, mainly near the plumbing fixtures and near the walls. Minimum 6 mil poly film should be made between the ground and the concrete. If there is a high level of moisture, you must install a vinyl sheet onto the concrete slab.
Set-up: You must make sure to calculate your area before hand and add another 5% of material for cutting waste and if any natural defects. Also make sure to work out a number of cartons at the same time to make sure you get your color and shade mix right.
Lay out: The room layout should be planned way before so that you can save on time, labor and materials. This will also give you a chance to change the appearance of the floor. Plan the layout in such a way that the last row of flooring is not too narrow.
Below you can find the step by step process for installing floating hardwood flooring:
Step 1: Using wood glue on all the plank ends, install the first row. Arrange it in such a way that the tongue is facing towards the center of the room.
Step 2: After the first row is installed, start installing more rows from left to right. Apply the glue to the tongue and the groove joint, and then connect them very carefully by folding it and tapping it to the rest of the sub floor. Wipe up any excess glue that oozes out of the boards.
To help secure your work as you move on to the next plank, you can use painter’s tape over each new seam. If this is done it helps give stability to the floor.
Step 3: For the last row, measure from the board to wall and minus the expansion gap to know the correct cut. Leave a gap between the last piece and the wall and insert the last row carefully.
Step 4: After 10 hours you may remove the tape. Remember to restrict traffic for a minimum of 24 hours.
Step 5: Once your floor is completely done, you can remove the spacers and install the transition pieces. Now you can nail the shoe moldings and baseboards to the wall.
A few points to take note of before you begin:
- You will need a minimum of 2 days to complete it. Plan your work accordingly.
- You will not be able to walk on your new flooring for a day. If it is a must to walk through that room, then you should plan on leaving a strip bare for walking and complete it the next day.
- Check the boards for any defects.
- Must wear safety glasses and gloves.