How to Install Engineered Click-Lock Flooring

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The nice thing about installing engineered click-lock flooring is that it doesn't require much preparation underneath. It can be done by just going over the carpet or laminated flooring that's there to begin with. Find out more about how to install engineered click-lock flooring with help from a foreman and professional contractor in this free video.

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Hello, everyone, I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to install engineered click lock flooring. The nice thing about the click lock floating floor is you don't have to do a lot of preparation to the floor underneath. You can go over a lot of carpets and laminate floors. For this job we'll be using a hammer, a scrap piece of laminate floor, and something to use as spacers. You want to get about a half-inch spacer. So in this case we'll be using shims. You want to make sure that you put your spacers on every piece where it butts up against the wall. So, put a piece here, and a spacer there, and put another one down here. And those will stay there until our job is done, and then we'll go through and pull them out. Now we'll go ahead and run this first run all the way across the room. So after we have our first run done, we're going to take the tongue side and put it into the groove side, and it's designed to go underneath and lock it into place. So put it over here, make sure our spacer is right, and lock it down. You want to make sure that you stagger your joints. You don't want one joint right on top of the other joint. That's why we started with a left over piece, that way, it will never really have the same distance every time we restart. Then we'll take a full piece, set it in here, and lock it in about a quarter-inch from our last piece. Then we'll grab our hammer, and our scrap piece of laminate, to knock this back in. We're going to make sure that we have the tongue side into the groove side over there, that way we don't damage the top of the laminate. Now we'll go ahead and continue laying this way throughout the whole floor. Laying the laminate floor like this is a lot easier than having to go through and rip out all that laminate in your kitchen and then put down a new floor. If you go over it, it's a whole lot easier, and saves you a lot of time and money. Thank you all for watching, and good luck with this project.

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