Gluing an Engineered Floor

This story covers installing glue-down engineered flooring.

Step 1

Measure out in two places from the installation wall a distance equal to the width of several planks (include the tongue in the measurement) plus the expansion gap recommended by the manufacturer. Snap a chalkline. If you're concerned about not being able to see the entire chalkline beneath the glue, secure a straight board to the floor and align it between the guideline and the wall.

Step 2

Using a trowel and adhesive recommended by the manufacturer, spread adhesive on the floor. Apply only enough to an area that you can surface with flooring in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3

Facing the tongue of the plank toward the guide board, slip the first plank into position. Snug the end of the next plank into the end of the first plank and lay it down into the adhesive, making sure the groove is against the guide board. Continue working your way down the row in this manner. Cut the last plank to length, leaving the recommended expansion gap.

Step 4

For the second and subsequent rows, stagger end joints as suggested by the manufacturer. In some cases you may be able to use the leftover length from a preceding row as the first piece in the new row.

Step 5

Snug boards end to end first, then slip the tongue into the groove of the preceding row. Once you cut the last board in the row to fit (allowing for the recommended expansion gap), snug it into place using a pry bar. Place a scrap of wood between the end of the bar and the wall to avoid damage.

Step 6

Continue laying rows of engineered wood planks across the room, kneeling only on portions of the unsurfaced subfloor. (Or use a kneeler board to distribute your weight.) Stagger end seams as suggested by the manufacturer.

Step 7

As you reach the last row on the opposite wall, if you must be on the flooring you just laid, distribute your weight on a kneeler board. Rip-cut the planks for the last row if needed, allowing for the recommended expansion gap.

Step 8

After 24 hours (or using a kneeler board), return to the wall where you started the installation and remove the guide board. Rip-cut the planks for the last row as needed.

Step 9

Use a piece of scrap wood to protect the wall as you use the pry bar to snug the last row into place.


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leamwilson wrote:

We put down a click engineered wood floor and it squeaks and is squishy. Is it okay to remove the underlayment and glue the wood to the sub-floor (ceramic tile)?

5/26/2011 10:35:07 AM Report Abuse
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