Engineered hardwood flooring is a popular choice for property owners who want to enjoy the beauty and durability of real wood without the hassle and expense of solid hardwood flooring. It is made of a thin layer of real wood bonded over a high-quality plywood base. It looks and feels like solid hardwood flooring but has some advantages over it. It is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes, more stable and less prone to warping and cracking, and eco-friendlier and more affordable.
But how to install engineered hardwood flooring? And what are the tools and materials involved in the installation process? Let’s give you an overview of how to install hardwood floors, so you can better understand what the process entails and what to expect from a professional installer.
Different Methods for Installing Engineered Hardwood Flooring
There are three main methods for installing engineered hardwood flooring: nail-down, glue-down and floating. The method chosen depends on the type of engineered hardwood flooring, the subfloor condition, and the installer’s personal preference.
This method involves nailing or stapling the engineered hardwood planks or strips to a wooden subfloor using a special tool called a flooring nailer or stapler. This is suitable for thick and hard-engineered hardwood flooring with tongue-and-groove edges. It provides a strong and secure bond between the flooring and the subfloor; skill and experience is needed to use the tool properly.
In this method, the hardwood flooring technicians apply a special adhesive to the subfloor and then press the engineered hardwood planks or strips onto it. This method is suitable for thin and flexible types of engineered hardwood flooring that have square edges. It gives the flooring a smooth and seamless look and requires a clean and level subfloor with a lot of glue.
In the floating method, engineered hardwood planks or strips are locked together with special interlocking joints, creating a single layer that floats over the subfloor. This method is suitable for most types of engineered hardwood flooring that have click-lock edges. This method is the easiest and fastest to install, but it requires an underlayment to provide cushioning, soundproofing and moisture protection.
The Installation Process
The subfloor is the base layer that supports the flooring. It can be made of concrete, plywood, OSB or other materials. The subfloor has to be clean, dry, level and smooth before installing engineered hardwood flooring. Any existing flooring, nails, staples or debris have to be removed from the subfloor. The moisture level, levelness and smoothness of the subfloor have to be checked using special tools. A dehumidifier or a moisture barrier may be needed if the subfloor is too damp.
Flooring Planks or Strips Acclimation
The flooring planks or strips have to acclimate to the room temperature and humidity before installation. This will prevent any expansion or contraction of the wood after installation. The flooring boxes have to be unpacked, and the planks or strips have to be laid out in the room where they will be installed for at least 48 hours. The planks or strips have to be mixed from different boxes to create a random pattern and avoid colour variations.
Flooring Planks or Strips Installation
The flooring planks or strips have to be installed from one corner of the room along the longest and straightest wall. The planks or strips have to be attached together according to the chosen installation method. If using the floating method, they have to be locked together with their click-lock joints, using a tapping block and a rubber mallet to secure them. If using another method, they have to be fastened to the subfloor with nails, staples or glue.
Flooring Installation Finishing
The spacers have to be removed if using the floating method, and transition strips or mouldings have to be installed along the edges of the room. These have to cover the gaps between the wall and the flooring. They can be attached with wood glue and finishing nails or a brad nailer. Any accessories such as vents, registers or thresholds must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Trusted Hardwood Flooring Installers
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How long does it take to install hardwood flooring?
The time it takes to install hardwood flooring depends on several factors, such as the size of the project, the type of hardwood flooring, the condition of the subfloor, and the installation method. The time frame can also vary depending on the complexity and speed of the installation.
What are the benefits of engineered hardwood flooring?
Engineered hardwood flooring has many benefits, such as:
- Moisture and temperature resistance
- Stability and durability
- Eco-friendliness and affordability
- Variety and versatility
How do I maintain my engineered hardwood flooring?
To maintain your engineered hardwood flooring, you should:
- Sweep or vacuum regularly and mop with a mild cleaner.
- Use felt pads, rugs and mats to prevent scratches and dents.
- Protect your floor from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures and humidity.