Engineered flooring is made up of multiple layers of wood that is glued together to form one board.
1. Remove the baseboard using a pry bar and trim so that the engineered flooring will butt next to the wall.
2. Using a laser level, check for any dings or bumps on the existing floor. Fill in any dings with new concrete, and sand to level the concrete floor. If the subfloor is wooden, leveling is done with belt sander, filling any dings in the floor with a patching compound.
3. Door casings are to be trimmed to allow the new floor to fit against existing doorframes.
4. Roll out the underlayment on the floor. Tacking of the underlayment is done at the edges using a hammer tacker. Openings are cut in the underlayment for vents existing previously on the floor.
5. Begin laying the floor in the corner of the room. 1/2-inch-thick spacers are placed between the wall and the floorboard you are installing to allow the required breathing space for the floor.
6. Install the boards in lengthwise direction down the wall. Ends of the boards are tapped with a mallet to ensure cohesion of the preceding board. If you use click and lock brand flooring, the locking mechanism is used following the manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Placing the tongue of each floorboard lay the next row and nail each board every 8 inches apart, within 1 inch of the wall.
8. The flooring is toe nailed in place by driving a 1/2-inch.
9. Tap the strips are tapped together using a hammer and tapping block and the boards are fastened with a brad nailer.
10. All spacers are removed from the boards and replaced with trim or molding to complete the installation.