Wood flooring systems were once exclusively nailed or glued down, which required specialized tools, materials and expertise. Today, wood flooring can also be purchased in kits that are designed to sit unattached to the subfloor, with the boards locking together to form the surface. These "floating floors" are much easier to install, snapping together like puzzle pieces. One top brand of "floating floor" is Rapid Loc, which, like other floating floors, is pre-finished and ready to use as soon as it’s laid.
Things You'll Need
- Foam underlay (in rolls)
- Plastic tape for underlay
- Utility knife
- Rapid Loc glue-less hardwood floor kit
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Tape measure
- Floor trim
- Trim nails
Roll out the first course of foam underlay alongside the longest wall in the room. Cut it at the end with a utility knife to fit. Repeat for the next course and the next, laying them all side by side. Apply long strips of plastic underlay tape on the seams, taping the courses together. Cover the entire floor in this fashion.
Snap together the starting row of Rapid Loc floorboards, setting them next to the same wall where you started the underlay. Set shims between the boards and the wall so there is a space to allow the floor to move over time. Cut the last board in the course on a miter saw so it fits next to the side wall.
Lay your subsequent courses of Rapid Loc floorboards in the same manner, this time locking them together at the sides with the previous course as well as at the ends. Push each new board tightly against the one next to it. Cut the boards at the ends as necessary.
Build the floor across the room. For the final course, cut each board lengthwise so it will sit by the last wall with a small space left there (approximately 1/4 inch).
Measure and cut floor trim for each side of the floor using your miter saw. Affix it with your hammer and trim nails. The trim should cover the spaces by the walls while holding down the floorboards.
Tips & Warnings
- If the Rapid Loc boards don’t go tightly together while you're laying the courses, try setting a scrap of cut floorboard alongside the edge of the board and tapping it with your hammer to get it to lock properly.
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