Engineered flooring is a good thing to have. It has firm shape and nice looking too. Many people use the floor for houses and offices. If you want to install it, you may want to read the following tips for perfect result.
1. Moisture and Humidity
You should check on the moisture and humidity of the room. It will affect the floor. Then, you will need to allow the engineered floor to acclimate to the moisture and humidity of the house.
2. Give Gaps
You also need gaps so it allows expansion. Commonly, we do not need to big for this. For about 5/8” up to 3/4″ will be enough for us. Measure the gap carefully so it has enough.
3. Use Underlayment!
This is important. There are many suggestions for it and Red Rosin is advised. Your floor contracts and expands. This will prevent the squeaking and it gives resistance to moisture. You need appropriate material for your underlayment. Ask for recommendation if you need to.
4. Radiant Heat
Avoid installing any engineered floor during radiant heat. They are produced that way. We can always consult to manufacturers manual and instructions for this problem. The guideline will also tell us on the level of radiant heat.
5. Watch the Grade
There is always preferable grade. You may need the 3/4″ at least. You can take all grades above it because it makes the best result. And of course, you should not take the below grade.
6. Use Nailing Schedule
Nailing schedule is made to give you the right size and options on nailing. It will help you to ensure minimal movement of the floor. Each size of floor will need different nails. Wider board may need more nails than standard.
7. No Glue
This is serious. Glue will allow uneven gap. As a result, the floor cannot attach well on the place and we need to repeat the entire procedure. Splits are also the known risks.
8. Top Coat
You do not need the top coat on pre finish phase. You need to wait until the whole procedures are done. By then, you can apply the topcoat as finishing touch.
Now, you are about ready to install the floor. If you are not sure, you can consult to expert or hire professional to do it for you. Do it carefully and appropriately, and you will see new perfect flooring.