Engineered hardwood flooring has been becoming more and more popular with Dallas homeowners. Whether you’re just interested in or have engineered hardwood flooring ready to be installed, you could probably use some advice on engineered hardwood installation in Dallas. Read on to learn more:
To start you off, here are some tips about engineered hardwood flooring:
- Let the flooring sit in the room of installation 72 hours before actually installing it. This will allow it to grow accustomed to the rooms temperature.
- Have a combination of planks from different boxes to give your home a natural feeling.
- Check for warped boards. Obviously you wouldn’t want to use any warped planks in your flooring installation.
- Gather necessary materials: Obviously, the flooring material, tape, pull bar, rubber mallet, tapping block, trowel, spacers, and a wood polishing solutions.
The floating method consists of laying the engineered hardwood over a subfloor and connecting planks by clicking and locking them together. It’s considered the simplest method of installation as it doesn’t require any nailing or gluing down. It takes the same attention to detail as the other methods; however, the preparation is much less time consuming. As long as the subfloor is dry and flat, Using the floating method should be possible.
The glue-down technique is relatively straightforward as well. It’s great if your subfloor is made of concrete. A flooring adhesive needs to be spread across the subfloor and the engineered hardwood planks will be installed one top of them. Some adhesives say that the planks should be installed while the glue is still wet, while others say to wait until the glue has dried. Obviously, the first option is easier, since you won’t have to wait for the glue to dry.
For those choose to have their flooring installed while the glue is still wet, consider applying the adhesvie 2 feet at a time, to prevent the glue from drying prematurely.
Staple-Down Method/Glue-Down Method
The staple down method is probably the most difficult; however, many homeowners choose to use it since it’s the most reliable method. Your carpentery expertise will be tested, so if you don’t have any, you should either hire a professional or choose a different method of installation (floating or glue down).
Planks are actually stapled into the bottom, about six inches aside. Since engineered hardwood is composed of other non-hardwood layers, it’s a good idea to use staples instead of nails. As soon as it’s all stated and carried out, you’ll have a sturdy, immovable ground.
- It’s smart to lay down the first two rows of planks before securing them in place. Visualize the start of the engineered hardwood installation and draw a chalk line at the end of the second row. Also, leave a few half-inch gap between the first row and the wall. Using spacers will keep the first row and keep the half-inch gap.
- Make sure that the tongue of each plank is facing the wall.
- All planks needs to be staggered six inches to avoid pattern repetition. You don’t want H joints or a stair step pattern to appear in your flooring.
- You’ll be able to secure planks into place by inserting a tapping block over every and tapping the tapping block with a rubber mallet.
- For those who use the glue method, make sure that no glue dries on top of the planks. There’s a good chance that excess glue finds its way onto the planks, so have a cleaning solution (specific to engineered hardwood) handy to wipe off any glue.
- As soon as the installation is complete, avoid foot traffic for 24 hours.
Engineered Hardwood Installation Dallas is more tricky than it seems; therefore, keep a professional installation company handy. Sure, you’ll save money by installing the flooring on your own, but it will take you longer and you’ll be prone to making mistakes.
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