Wood flooring is certainly in a class by itself. Beautiful, natural and long lasting. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive to buy and install. Thanks to modern veneer technology and new wood engineering methods, click-lock flooring is available. If you’ve never seen what click-lock flooring looks like, check out these pictures. It looks like real wood doesn’t it? And yet it’s half the price and it can be installed by you. Best of all, it’s easy to install with the help of this article.
All previous flooring materials must be removed. Whether it’s plywood or concrete, the floor must be cleaned of all bumps, dips, loose boards or exposed nails. Once you sweep the area with a shop vacuum and everything’s flat you can begin the next step.
The vapor barrier is a large plastic mat that not only protects moisture from penetrating between layers of materials, it also adds a little cushion. The vapor barrier is supplied by the flooring supplier. Using the correct manufacturers vapor barrier crucial to preventing any voiding of the manufacturers warranty.
Many vapor barriers are installed in different ways, but many have a strip of glue or adhesive on one side so that the next piece of vapor barrier will be sealed to the last, thereby maintaining the barriers integrity. Cut off pieces as needed with a utility knife.
Setting the First Row
Set up along the straightest and longest wall. Cut a few strips of ¼” plywood 4″ wide and tack nail them to the base of the wall. This will help maintain the ¼” gap that must be maintained around each wall.
Set the first piece of flooring against the shim and attach another piece into its end. Press the tongue side of the floor board into the groove side of the floor board at a 45 degree angle until it snaps in place and set it on the floor. Continue along until you reach the other wall. Cut pieces as needed with a miter saw.
Once you’ve got your first row to the wall, but the next piece against the wall, scribe it and cut it. Use the left over piece you juts cut off for the next starter piece. It snaps into place just like the last row, except you have to get two tongues into the groove.