How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring on Concrete
Wood flooring somehow is attractive and gives a strong atmosphere to a room. However, the hardwood flooring cannot be applied where there is a grade. Because of that, it is impossible to apply the wood flooring in your basement which is built by concrete. However, engineered wood flooring can help you on gaining the same flooring as hardwood. And now, we are going to talk about how to install engineered wood flooring on concrete.
Things To Prepare
Before you start to install, there are some things which need to be prepared first. Here are the lists.
- Make sure you have these things: 3 in 1 foam underlayment or 6 millimeter polyfilm and foam underlayment, speed square, tapping block, hammer pull bar, wood glue, poly or duct tape, expansion spacers, tape measure, circular or miter saw. All of those things can be bought at your local Home Depot or Lowes.
- After you get those items, now you can start to prepare the concrete before you put the engineered wood flooring there. First of all, you have to clean the floor and make sure that it is free from any dirt or debris. After that, you can lay the polyfilm or foam underlayment on the concrete. This is needed to make the edges overlap each other. And after that, you can run the same materials on the perimeter wall up to 4 inches. In the end, you can apply duct tape until it covers the seams.
- After you have done the preparation, now you can start to install the first row of planks. In installing this plank, you can use the expansion joint spacer every 12 inches. Anyway, make sure that the tongue side of the plank is facing against the room.
- After those steps, now you can apply the glue to the upper groove in the subsequent planks, but don’t apply it on the tongue side. After that, tighten the side joints with the tapping block and hammer and tighen the end joints with pull bar and hammer. Anyway, keep in mind that you cannot tighten it too much or it may cause stress on the joints.
- Next, you can mark the planks and cut them using a circular or miter saw. Anyway, make sure that the blade is fine toothed. Don’t use coarse cutting blades which will make it splinter and crack the wood. Anyway, keep in mind to start the second row with 1/3 to 2/3 of the full length of the plank.
- After you are done with those steps, now you can remove the expansion spacers and the polyfilm or foam underlayment on the walls. After that, install moldings over the joints so that the joints will be covered. In the end, let it dry for about 24 hours.
If there any glue gets on the surface of the planks when you are doing the installation, make sure that you immediately wipe it away to prevent a bad result of the installation. After the installation, you also have to keep in mind to keep the regular cleaning for the maintenance of the flooring.
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