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The Basics of Engineered Hardwood Installation

Engineered Hardwood Installation

Engineered hardwood has emerged as a popular flooring selection for Highland Village, TX homeowners. If you are interested in engineered hardwood or if you already have it piled up in your living room, you probably would like some tips on engineered hardwood installation. Please read on to learn about installation via the floating, glue down, and staple down methods.

First, a few general tips:

  • Let the flooring sit in the installation room for at least 72 hours. This allows it to acclimate to room temperatures.
  • Mix planks between packages to ensure different shades when installing. A mixture of shades will give your engineered hardwood floor flavor and flow.
  • Check for warped boards. Obviously, you do not want to use any subpar planks in installation.
  • Gather necessary tools: Cutting saw, painting tape, pull bar, rubber mallet, tapping block, trowel, spacers, wood cleaning substance.

Floating Floor

The floating method consists of laying the engineered hardwood over a subfloor and connecting planks by clicking and locking them together. This is considered the easiest installation method because no gluing or nailing is required. It takes precision just like the other methods; however, the preparation is less time consuming and the room for error is larger. As long as the subfloor is dry and flat, installing a floating floor is a fantastic option.

The glue down method is relatively straight forward as well. It is ideal if your subfloor is made of concrete. A flooring adhesive has to be spread throughout the subfloor and the engineered hardwood planks are applied over the adhesive to maintain position. Some adhesives instruct planks to be applied while the glue is still wet, while others instruct planks to be applied once the glue has dried. Frankly, the former is more reasonable as you will be able to complete the engineered hardwood installation quicker, without having to wait for the glue to dry.

If you do choose to lay the floor over a wet adhesive, consider spreading the adhesive two feet at a time. This approach helps with the general flow of installation as you won’t have to worry about the adhesive drying at later stages.

Staple Down Floor

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Glue Down Floor


The staple down method is the most difficult; though, many Highland Village, TX homeowners opt in for this method because it is the most reliable. Your carpenter skills will be tested; thus, if you don’t have carpentry experience, you should either rely on a professional’s help or try another installation method (floating or glue down).

Planks are literally stapled into the ground, about six inches apart. Because engineered hardwood consists of additional non-hardwood layers, it’s safest to use staples instead of nails. Once it’s all said and done, you will have a sturdy, immovable floor.

Installation basics

  • It is wise to layout the first two rows of planks before forcing them in place. Visualize the beginning of the engineered hardwood installation and draw a chalk line at the end of the second row. Also, leave about a half-inch gap between the first row and the wall. The use of spacers will secure the first row and maintain the half-inch gap.
  • Be sure the tongue of each plank is facing the wall.
  • All planks should be staggered six inches to avoid pattern repetition. You do not want H joints or a stair step pattern to appear in your wood floor creation.
  • You can chisel planks into place by placing a tapping block over each and tapping the tapping block with a rubber mallet.
  • If you use the glue method, make sure no glue dries on top of the planks. There is a good chance glue finds its way onto the planks, so have a cleaning agent (specific to cleaning engineered hardwood) available to wipe off any glue.
  • Once the installation is complete, avoid foot traffic for 24 hours.engineered hardwood installation

Engineered hardwood installation is tougher than it sounds or reads; therefore, keep a professional installation company in your back pocket. Yes, you’ll save money by installing the floor on your own; however, the installation will take longer and you’ll likely be prone to mistakes. And mistakes can really throw a project out of whack, especially one as long-term as placing a brand-new floor.


Give Flooring Source of Texas a call at (972) 778-6855 for hardwood purchase and installation. Also, please visit our website——and our blog for additional helpful flooring and home remodeling input.

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