Installing hardwood floors is a popular remodel for DIYers. This is because hardwood is sold in small packs at most home improvement stores. There is a wide range of different styles and wood species to choose from. Best of all, the hardwood floors are engineered to be modular. The pieces are made to be attached to each other, almost like pieces of a puzzle. This article highlights the installation process of engineered hardwood floors. With a little bit of labor and a lot of bending over your installation should be a breeze.
Starting with a Flat Subfloor
Making your subfloor as flat and smooth as possible is very important when installing hardwood. Engineered hardwood floors are thin and flexible, so they can bend over small deflects in the subfloor. But, large divets and bumps should be flattened.
Laying the Floor
Laying the floor down is very simple. The hardest part will usually be cutting the ends of the planks. Start at one wall and stagger the pieces so they are not all the same length. If start every other row with a half-length plank, you can create a nice staggered look. The best way to cut the planks is with a chop saw. Put the saw on a sturdy table so your cuts are accurate.
When you reach the opposite end of a wall you will probably need to make custom cuts for each plank. The cutting gets the most difficult when you get to curved or rounded walls. However, you are allowed some wiggle room when cutting your edges if you have baseboard molding along your floors. The siding slides under the baseboards, covering the ends of the planks. Cutting is the most technical part of the installation so make sure you take your time when measuring.
When actually laying the cut planks onto the floor, you need to secure them to the subfloor. The pieces can be attached to each other without any screws or clues. But, you will want to secure them to the floor with a little bit of construction adhesive. It is much easier to apply the adhesive to the floor right before you set the planks down. Applying the adhesive onto the back of the individual planks makes for a much slower and messier installation.
Hardwood floors are a great investment. You will have a wonderful new floor that you can be proud of, especially since you installed it!