Learning More About Hardwood Flooring

How To Install Engineered Hardwood

by Juanita Perkins

Remodeling your bathroom is a great decision for a number of reasons. First of all, bathrooms endure a lot of wear and tear. Also, since they are usually the smallest room, you can save money on supplies and labor. Changing the flooring is a great way to freshen up the style of your bathroom. This article explains how to install engineered hardwood.

Tools for the Job

The tools you need for this job are common and easy to use. Most importantly, you need a compound miter saw. You will use this to cut the planks to the right length. You will also need a handheld jigsaw saw so you can reduce the width of planks and also make the round cuts around the toilet base. In addition to these power tools, you also need a caulk gun, floor adhesive and a rubber mallet.

Starting to Lay the Planks

When you start to lay the planks, you should start at the most convenient square edge. This way, you don't even need to make any cuts to the first piece that you lay. When you start to install the second row, do you want to start with a shorter piece. This way the seams do not line up and the planks look more random.

Attaching the Planks

Installation of engineered flooring goes by really quickly because the individual pieces can be attached to each other without any screws or glue. In fact, all you need to do is tap them lightly with a rubber mallet to attach them to each other. The tongue and groove system is very easy to work with. In some cases, you won't even need to use the mallet. Make sure you double check the fit of each plank before you apply any adhesive. For a stronger hold, you should squirt some adhesive said onto the subfloor and onto the bottom of each plank.

The job only gets tricky when you have to lay the pieces that fit around the base of the toilet. You often need to do a lot of guesswork when it comes to making the rounded cuts. Alternatively, you can make a template out of a piece of paper and then trace it onto the planks you're going to cut. Make sure you make your first cut a little bigger than it needs to be so you can double check the fit and then cut it to the perfect size. Don't worry if there is a little gap between the hardwood and the toilet base because you'll end up covering it up with caulk.

For help with your flooring project, contact a local professional.