I live in a nearly 100-year-old house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What that means for my home is that it has tons of character -- but also needs a bit of work to modernize it and really highlight the craftsmanship that went into its building a century ago.
I started my home renovation a little while back and recently kicked myself into gear by transforming my guest bedroom with some built-in shelves, unveiling a beautiful fireplace, and installing engineered hardwood floors from the Home Depot. The end result was absolutely magnificent and I’ve had a lot of you reaching out asking for more tips on how to install engineered hardwood floors. So, I guess that’s what I’ll do.
I really love engineered hardwood floors from the Home Depot because they’re super easy to install and built to last. For the guest bedroom, I chose Home Depot’s Malibu Wide Plank, French Oak Montara Engineered Click Hardwood Flooring and love the rustic and understated look of it in the bedroom. Check out the video below on my process for installing these beautiful engineered hardwood floors and a quick step-by-step full of tips below!
Your first step is to remove any carpeting or tile that exists on your floor already. Once removed, clean this subfloor with a good sweep. Check back over and remove any nails, screws, or wood that may be sticking out of the subfloor.
If your subfloor is wooden like mine, it likely has a lot of creaks. Take a walk around your newly-clean subfloor looking for creaking spots. Nail down these creaking spots with a nail gun to keep them quiet under the new flooring.
Since my home is so old, I find that the insulation isn’t quite what it is in a new home. To keep my new floors a little more insulated (and a bit quieter), I added a layer of 3.5 Mil plastic sheeting. I laid this down under my floors and fastened it with double-sided tape so it stays put. You can also put it in place with staples if you find that to be easier.
Next, you’ll want to measure your room across so you can figure out your floor cuts. The last thing you want is a random one-inch strip at the entryway to your room, so take a measurement of the wides part of your room. Divide that by the width of your boards (my floors were 4 and 6-inch boards, so I went with 10 inches for my divisor). The remaining inches of your room that cannot be divided by 10 should be divided by 2, which will give you the width of your first piece. Math is hard but you’ll figure it out. I have faith in you.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to cut around your door jambs and still not getting a nice fit. My solution to this? Cut the door jamb itself! Use your oscillating tool with a flush trim cutter to cut just enough clearance over a piece of flooring. This will allow for a seamless fit when you run your engineered wooden floor underneath.
Finally, it’s time to lay your floors! Always start with a half-inch spacer around your base trim. Start at your far wall, laying your floors left to right to get the right fit with your snap-fit connectors. Work across your room avoiding the creation of T’s and H’s in your seams (check out the video to see what I mean here). And boom, there you have it! Some stunning, perfectly-installed engineered hardwood floors!
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