Preparation Guidelines for Prefinished Engineered Hardwood Installation Hardwood Flooring Glendale

Preparation Guidelines for Prefinished Engineered Hardwood Installation Hardwood Flooring Glendale

Preparation Guidelines for Prefinished Engineered Hardwood Installation

Hardwood Installation

A do-it-yourself and affordable alternative for solid wood floor sanding and finishing on the job site is prefinished engineered hardwood flooring. This type of wood flooring has the breadth stability of plyboard, with a top wear layer that can stand for many years of use.

Materials needed for the installation

  • Engineered wood flooring
  • Painters tape
  • Narrow crown staples
  • Rosin paper
  • Glue
  • Transition pieces

The tools you will need for your DIY project

  • Air hose
  • Cordless drill
  • Nail gun
  • Miter saw
  • Chalk line
  • Air compressor
  • Handsaw
  • Framing square
  • Tap block
  • Knee pads
  • Pull bar
  • Stapler
  • Jigsaw
  • Shop vacuum
  • Table saw
  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Wood chisel
  • Japanese pull saw
  • Hearing protection

Factory finished engineered wood flooring is durable tongue-and-groove floorboards that has several layers of wood pressed and glue together in different directions to achieve the strength that can stand expansions and contractions with a top layer of 1/8 inch or more thick solid hardwood. It can be sanded if it requires refinishing.

Before prefinished wood floor boards was being created, the hassle and commotion of wood floor sanding and finishing was a huge process. Homeowners had to ask an installer to schedule for an installation. After the installation, sanding and finishing took for at least three days plus a week for the finish to be walked on and bring in the furniture.

But all has changed since prefinished engineered hardwood flooring emerged. Today, hardwood installation  is simple and hassle-free, especially with this type of wood floor. The beauty, practicality and speed of installation of this wood floor is so amazing! Just imagine, you can install them today and tomorrow you can move back in!

Prefinished engineered hardwood flooring is so firm that manufacturers allow it to be used in areas like the basements provided there is no problem of high level of moisture. A glued down installation should be used when nailed down or staple down is not possible, especially if there is a heating system under the floor.

How and where to shop

You can buy engineered wood flooring at any retail stores which specialize in wood flooring  Make sure that you can bring home some samples, and have them for a few days. You choose the wood type, stain color, texture and the kind of gloss finish you want.

Choose the micro-beveled design edging which can be hardly noticed with your foot. Measure the area and calculate adding extras for waste boards during installation and save some pieces for future use.

Acclimate the wood floors for several days in the room you are going to install them.

Ask your retailer for a correct floorboard stapler and the correct length of nails to be used.

Prefinished Engineered hardwood flooring can be stapled or nailed down above an existing wood floor or a vinyl floor. Also on a plywood and over an underlayment. Be sure that the borders of plywood (your sub-floor), meet up effortlessly without edges between them.

If it is raised a little, add screws or trowel and space filler to smooth out imperfections.Take away the baseboard. Put a piece of wood floor under a Japanese saw and cut carefully the bottom trim of the door jambs. Also remove the base in the room to install your flooring close to the wall and leave at least 3/8-1/2 inch expansion space linking floors and wall.

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