Installing the Engineered Flooring

 

Place the engineered flooring on the concrete slab in the room where it is to be installed. This will help to acclimate the flooring to the room temperatures and humidity. Leave the flooring in the room for three days before installation.

 

Use a table saw to cut the tongue off from the first row of engineered flooring in your room. Lay the first row of flooring with the tongue side towards the wall. Make sure you are keeping an expansion gap (per manufacturer directions) on all walls in the room.

 

Piece the first three rows of engineered flooring away from the wall. Once assembled, slide the rows of engineered flooring into place next to the wall. Cut each of the end pieces with a miter or circular saw. Cut the engineered with the back of the plank facing towards the saw. This will help to prevent chipping. Stagger the joints at least 12 inches from one another. Click the tongue and groove pieces together, inserting the tongue into the groove at an angle. When you cannot insert the tongue at an angle, use a tapping block and a hammer to tap the tongue into place.

 

Continue piecing the engineered flooring together until you reach the last row in the room. Use a jig saw to make any needed cuts for things like heating vents.

 

On the final row, measure the distance between the wall and the last installed row of engineered. Subtract the expansion gap from that measurement and transfer the measurement to the final row of engineered  flooring. Use a table saw to cut the final plank of flooring to size. Install transition strips and moldings. Re-install the baseboards.

 

Instaling engineered flooring