Gena Guthrie Flooring November 09th, 2018 - 04:10:12
The stunning look of new hardwood makes any home great. It comes in many colors and species to match the style of your home. You can choose traditional, solid hardwood or a more budget-friendly alternative, engineered hardwood. You can install engineered hardwoods several ways staple down nail down, glue down and floating your application will depend on your sub floor and specific product for any method. You'll need to prep your sub floor layout any underpayment.
If needed and mark a starting line. You can see how in our online video here are some tips for all methods, let your flooring acclimate to the room, temperature, and humidity for at least 72 hours. Some products need to be removed from the boxes. Others don't check the instructions, follow the specifics for installation. Also before you get started to check for warped and defective boards, a few bad pieces are not uncommon and it's a good idea to install the boards from several boxes to mix up color and shades.
Add up the flooring width to calculate the width of the last row. If it's skinnier than 1 inch cut the first row in half, while you're installing try to keep a few things in mind, maintain the recommended expansion gap at the perimeter of the room, always stagger the joints about 6 inches and avoid stair stepping and each joint. Try to get a few rows between joints that are lined up, got it. Let's get to work of all the installation.
Methods floating is the easiest. It works great over existing vinyl and some flooring even locks together to make the installation even easier to start to be sure. You've prepped the floor with underpayment and layout lines, use the longest straightest boards for row 1 and set your first piece on the starting line tongue side facing the wall, place spacers against the wall, to maintain the expansion gap, typically about 1/2 inch for floating on the Next piece overlap the board, so the end joint is tight.
Work left to right to finish up Row 1. The end you might need to cut set the pace face up and cut through for wrote to angle the piece into the first row and fold flat to lock it in place the same thing. For the next piece. You can use a tapping block to help block pieces together then just keep going.