How to Install an Engineered Hardwood Floating Floor with Finishing Tips

House flipping brothers Dave and Rich show you how to install an engineered hardwood floating floor with finishing tips.

Dave and Rich are renovating a 6,000 square foot lake house. In the great room and kitchen there were two sunken levels. In order to make everything level, they needed to raise one area 6 inches and another area was raised 12 inches.

In this video they show every step of how to install an engineered hardwood floor. This involves acclimating the boxes of engineered hardwood for at least three days so there won’t be any humidity issues with the hardwood after installation. After that, a layer of padding is placed on the subfloor. This padding will reduce any noise from the floor and create a vapor barrier. The padding is joined together with duct tape. Next, the hardwood is sorted by size and selected from many boxes, to give it a random look. After that, the hardwood is clicked into place.

A time lapse video shows the entire process.

After the time lapse, Dave shows several tips for tricky installation around doorways.

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Comments

Millennium Hardwood Flooring says:

Insightful tips that you guys offered! Cheers.

Dblood85 says:

Wow great video. I would like to lay some engendered hard wood floors in my place on a slab. I may be wrong but did you lay the floor over some tile in the bathroom? In my house we have tile in the kitchen, is there a way to transition the floors over the the tile without it being to being too uneven of a drop or do I have to remove the tile?

kathryn liu says:

Wow you guys work fast!!!

PBS #007 says:

what was the sizes of the different pieces of wood ?

Schmoop Studios says:

That was fantastic. Good tips for some of the corners. Thanks

shayne sabala says:

Thanks for the great video, I will make my purchase on the flooring tomorrow and start the install next weekend.

Chris Lee-Egan says:

For such a locking mechanism, do you need to worry about the planks moving around *while* you’re installing them? I’ve been looking at other videos that involve nails or glue, so it’s a little strange to look at a hardwood floor just being “placed.” Otherwise great video, especially the tricky stuff at the end.

John Turman says:

Great video, thanks for posting. I’m just confused how the float method does not lead to shifting. Without gluing the planks to the subfloor or gluing the planks together how do the planks not shift about when a 350 lb man strike his heel dead center between 2 planks? Are the tongue and grooves that perfectly cut?

Ross Welch says:

Out of curiosity, why did you undercut the drywall close to the door instead of just use spacers? Why should the floor be “spaced” away from the wall in some areas, and “undercut” in others?

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