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Hardwood flooring adds warmth and beauty to any room. It's also a great way to increase the value of your home. Engineered flooring can be installed on any level of the home, but different installation methods are necessary for different types of subfloors. These instructions will show you how to glue down an engineered floor to a concrete subfloor.
Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.
Plan on this project taking at least two days for the actual installation. You can't walk on the floor for 24 hours after it's been glued down, so make sure you leave yourself a way to leave the room without walking on the boards. You’ll have to finish the last few rows the following day.
Bring the flooring into the room so the wood planks can acclimate to the room’s temperature and humidity for at least 72 hours before installation. This reduces problems associated with moisture, such as warping and fit. Stack the flooring in a flat position in the room or rooms where it's to be installed and allow it to acclimate.
Check the moisture level of the subfloor to make sure the floor is within the manufacturer’s recommendations. If your moisture level isn't within manufacturer’s recommendations, stop the installation and call a Lowe’s associate for help.
Once you have prepped the subfloor, carefully sweep and vacuum the surface on which the flooring will be installed.
There are many types of glue on the market. Since moisture can be an issue for wood flooring, it's best to use a glue that has some type of moisture resistance. Many glue systems have two parts: a moisture barrier that's applied before installation and a glue that works with the moisture barrier to secure the floor. A great example is the Bostik glue system which uses Bostik MVP as the moisture barrier and Bostik Best as the glue.
Check the planks for warping and defects, which typically affect around 5% of the product. These boards are unusable and should be discarded. If more than 5% of the product is defective, stop the installation and call a Lowe’s associate for help.
Put on your safety glasses and latex gloves.
Place spacers between the flooring and the wall for the expansion gap.
Trowel out enough glue for two to three rows at a time since you can't walk on the glue.
Using the straightest boards, lay the first row of flooring along the guideline, with the tongue side facing the room.
For the second row, fit the groove on the tongue of the first row.
Place the second row so that the ends are at least 6 inches apart in each row.
When installing the rest of the floor, mix planks of different colors and grain to give the floor a more random pattern.
Repeat the process of spreading the glue and setting planks in the glue two to three rows at a time.
If you have entry areas or columns, cut the planks to fit.
Make sure you clean off excess glue on the planks with hardwood flooring cleaner.
When you near the end of the room, stop and leave enough space so that you can leave the project without walking on the boards.
Finish the last few rows by spreading the glue and setting the planks.
For the last row, you might have to cut the pieces to fit.
Wait 24 hours before walking on the last few rows.
Once the last row is attached, install the transition pieces according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
When your transitions are in place, remove the spacers and install the baseboards and shoe moulding.
Keep one to two cartons of your hardwood flooring so you can fix any potential problems in the future, like a damaged board.
You can now enjoy your new hardwood floor, its warmth, beauty and ease of cleaning for decades to come.
*Time and Cost are estimated.