Engineered wood flooring, also known as floating hardwood flooring, is a great investment for folks interested in replacing their floors but who are working on a budget. Floating engineered wood flooring installation is easy, mess-free, and can be done by anyone—without the assistance of a trade professional.
Begin by installing the under layering on the subfloor. Only remove the floating wood planks when you are ready to install them. Begin in one corner of the room with the groove edge pointing toward you and the L-shaped/male side pointing at the wall. Put down the whole first row, locking the end of each plank. Then cut the last plank to size and snap it in. Make sure you leave about 1/2 inch between the parquet wood flooring and the wall. To lock the wholesale wood flooring planks together, push down and forward simultaneously and ensure you hear a click sound. At the end of each row use the mallet to tighten the row up. Avoid hammering floating engineered wood flooring with too much force as this may permanently damage the locking mechanism.
Engineered wood flooring comes in a variety of shades and textures, each one suitable for different aesthetic needs. Oak wood flooring, for example, is dark and rich with a very severe texture, while maple—often used in bowling alleys—is lighter and creamier. Regardless of the style, floating wood floors preserve the visual appeal of traditional wood floors while making purchase and installation much more affordable.