Install an Engineered Floor (Glue Down)
Step 1: Carefully prep the subfloor. Sweep and vacuum the surface on which the flooring will be installed.
Step 2: Open your flooring and read the manufacturer’s recommendations in the packaging. Wood Guys recommends Bostik Greenforce Adhesive. GreenForce is a high performance adhesive and moisture control membrane all in one. This adhesive has zero VOC’s and does not contain any water.
Step 3: Place shims around the perimeter of your floor, against the walls. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for spacing and shim size.
Step 4: Work from right to left maintaining manufacturer’s recommended spacing between walls.
Step 5: Using the proper trowel, put down enough glue for two to three rows at a time. Tip: pour glue out of the bucket by tipping the bucket on its side, allowing a small amount of glue to pour out. Use the trowel to cut the glue off.
Step 6: First row, place grooved side of flooring next to shims on starting wall.
Step 7: Press the wood firmly into the glue to ensure proper adhesive transfer. Use a block to gently hammer flooring planks into place. This will ensure that the face of the boards are not damaged. Wipe excess glue as you go. Cut board to fit last space on row end. Tip: use cut ends to start next row.
Step 8: If needed, use a pry bar to lightly force joints together on the last board of each row.
Step 9: Ensure that flooring is straight every few rows and that proper spacing is maintained. Plank joints should be spaced 6″-12″ apart. Tip: for more strength and color variation, pull and mix planks from at least three boxes at a time.
Step 10: Last row, measure the width to fill the gap. Deduct the manufacturer’s recommendation for spacing, and cut the rip with a table or jigsaw.
Step 11: Install the last row using a pry bar to pull the board into place.
Step 12: Do not walk on floor for 24 hours. After floor is set, install base trim or quarter round. Make sure nails go into the wall studs and not into the flooring.
If you don’t feel comfortable installing your own floors, Wood Guys can help you find a local professional.