Floating floors are referred as a new technology in the field of flooring. This type of flooring is also referred to floating engineered wood flooring. Floating floors do not require nails or glue to paste on the base floor. Installing floating floors may seem unconvincing. But with a proper preparation and planning, every home improvement enthusiast can do it himself. Check out the following steps to get professional results on how to install floating engineered wood flooring without wasting much of your saving.
Step 1: Evaluate the Room
Before you put the floating floor, you have to know how wide the room will be covered with the floor. Measure the width of the room from one wall to the opposite wall using a tape measure then write the distance.
Prepare your base floor. Use flatness gauges across floor areas to make sure the floor surface is flat. If your floor is concrete and you find a hollow or cracked area, fill it with a mixture of patches. Then flatten the lump and coarse area on the floor using sandpaper. When all is done, clean the floor with a vacuum to remove dust or dirt.
Step 2: Install Floating Floor
Hold a roll of foam carpet on the floor. Measure the foam carpet and cut with a versatile knife. Apply to the base floor then seal with plaster. Choose the direction of laying the semi varnished wood floorboard. Usually, it is best to lie parallel to the longer wall portion and the most easily installed. But for irregular rooms, it is recommended to use other settings, such as the diagonal layout.
Put a 7.99 mm tile separator on the wall farthest from the door. Place the first square sectional floor with the notched side facing the wall so that it fits with a tile separator. Then, place the next floor piece from end to end. Cut the last piece on the row to fit. Make a little gap between the floor and each wall (for expansion or shrinkage). Cut the floor with a whipsaw or circular saw as needed.
Put the pieces of the floor board in the next row, but put the joints in a zigzag to overlap. Cut the first floor on the next row so that the end joint is not located in the same place. This will strengthen the durability of the floor and add a beautiful aesthetic component.
Continue installing each new row in a zigzag until you cover the room. Arrange all other rows placed in the same area to appear regularly. When it is done, do not forget to remove the tile separator from the edge of the wall. Cover the blank area between the pedestal and floating floor by installing shoe molding along the edges of the wall. When you do, make sure you nail the shoe molding to the pedestal instead of to the floor to prevent cracking when the floor expands.
If the piece of the floor under the door does not fit, you can cut it. For example, when you want to install the floor around the door and it turns out the floor does not fit under the door frame, cut the door frame with a saw. To do this, hold the saw on the flat surface of the floor that you use as a guide and press the saw towards the door frame, cut it slowly. Slide the floor below to make sure the floor is fit.