Engineered wooden floors save money, while offering you the same class and comfort of hardwood planks. The presence of multiple layers in criss-cross manner from one another imparts superior stability to the plank. Engineered flooring products emerge resistant to the ill effects of moisture. It’s an outstanding outcome of pure human intellect to make it robust enough to battle chances of expansion or contraction. This effort to keep them intact is further bettered with additional precautionary measures, put to action before installation.
Acclimatize the Flooring before Final Installation
Although manufacturers of engineered flooring treatment insist that made resilient to humidity, there is no need to acclimate the planks before installation. But, if your contractor or floor installer is willing to spare the time, then there is no harm in acclimatizing the planks. The idea is to familiarize the engineered flooring materials with that the moisture content of the room, it is supposed to get installed in. As a basic precautionary step, install the engineered floor once the wet part of construction is done. Next, make sure the door, windows, heater and air conditioner is working. Never stack the packets, instead open and leave them in the concerned room for a day or two.
Install with Underlayment to Ensure Maximum Stability
- With the inbuilt strength to fight back moisture and retain structural excellence, engineered floors are itself sturdy in nature. But, just to be extra sure you can make use of an underlay which acts both a levelled base to hold the engineered floor and a moisture barrier to guard the floor against the ill-effects of water.
- Before you start the process of installation, make sure that the floor is completely even. Else, it will later give you trouble while settling the engineered wood flooring boards. Sweep the subfloor, to make sure there is no presence of dirt, grit or debris to hamper the flawless installation of your aspired engineered floors.
- Then place the underlay. Adhere it to the ground and cut off the excess portion. The underlayment also acts as the cushy platform to even out the subfloor and receive the engineered top floor products.
- For tongue and groove wide and long engineered wood planks, you will need adhesive to join together the edges. Each plank will have attaching tongue and receiving groove.
- As engineered wood planks are breathable, use floor spacer bars to allow area for expansion on all four sides of the room. Take the first plank and place it on the underlay, where the tongue will be placed against the wall to fit with the groove side of the plank in the adjacent row.
- For the second plank, put some adhesive along the width and adhere it together with the first plank. Repeat this procedure to complete installing the first row. Just in case, at the bottom the available space of the floor is less than that of the plank, measure the length and mark it on the plank. Cut the excess portion of the plank and then join it with the above and finish the first row.
- Likewise, for the second row, put some adhesive on the grooved side to affix it with the tongue of the plank in the first row. Saw away the surplus portions of planks at the top or bottom and continue installing row after row until you reach the other side.
The acclimatized flooring planks can tolerate temperature changes and moisture fluctuations. Together with the strength underlayment, you can expect engineered flooring to last really long. Little bit of cleaning and maintenance on a regular basis will be more than sufficient to keep them looking glamorous.