Guide to Install Engineered Wood Flooring on Concrete
To any home, a traditional and timeless elegance could be added by installing hardwood flooring. However, hardwood flooring can only be installed above grade and that can be a problem. When you want the hardwood look in your basement over a concrete floor, a problem is presented by this. Then the solution is engineered wood flooring. A floor covering in which each plank is assembled in multiple layers is called engineered wood flooring. The top layer is composed of a natural, specific hardwood. Involved in the production of engineered wood flooring, is the laminating process that creates a more stable floor covering that can be installed in almost any area of the home.
Install Engineered Wood Flooring on Concrete Instructions :
Things you will need: 6 mil. polyfilm and foam underlayment, or 3-in-1 foam underlayment, Poly or duct tape, Expansion spacers, Tape measure, Hammer, Pull bar, Tapping block, Speed square, Circular or miter saw with a fine-toothed blade, Titebond wood glue (optional)
Concrete Floor Preparation
- The concrete subfloor need to be ensured that it has level to a slope of no more than 3/16 inch over a 10-foot span.
- The floor should be cleaned to free from dirt and debris.
- Over the concrete floor, a 6 mil. polyfilm or 3-in-1 foam underlayment should be laid so the edges overlap each other by 8 inches for concrete subfloors that are either at grade or known level with the ground, or below grade or known in the basement.
- The polyfilm or foam underlayment needs to be run 4 inches up the perimeter wall.
- Next step, duct tape should be applied to the full length of the seams.
Engineered Wood Flooring Installation
- The first row of planks should be placed along one wall with a ¼-inch expansion joint spacer against the wall every 12 inches and the tongue side of the plank facing out towards the room.
- Titebond wood glue, needs to be applied to the upper groove of subsequent planks. Immediately wipe glue away from the surface. When you are thinking to apply glue to the tongue side, actually it should be avoided. Take a hammer and a tapping block then use them to tighten the side joints together. A pull bar and a hammer could also be used to tighten the end joints together. As this could cause unnecessary stress on the joints, do not over tighten.
- Take a fine-toothed blade, and planks should be cut with a circular or miter saw. Wood crack and splintering will be caused if you are using coarse-cutting blades to cut the planks, so it must be avoided. The cuts could be marked with a pencil and a speed square. Use a cut-off plank that alternates 1/3 to 2/3 of the length of a full plank to start every second row. When installing the flooring, it much better the following pattern be used: Full plank – 2/3 plank – Full plank – 1/3 plank – Full plank – 2/3 plank – etc.
- When the whole floor surface is installed, the expansion spacers should be removed from the perimeter. Install moldings over the expansion joints to cover them, once the extra 6 mil. polyfilm or foam underlayment which are running up the walls has removed.
- Lastly, allow the glued joints to dry, and do not walk on the floor for 24 hours. Once you have followed these instructions which we have mentioned above, you will find the answer of ‘how to install engineered wood flooring on concrete’.
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