Glueless Wood Flooring Installation Basics

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Installing glueless wood flooring is an easier alternative to most other wood flooring options. Some wood floors are complicated, but a glueless wood floor works on a system of interlocking joints so the floor basically sits on the subfloor.

1. Check Floor for Level

A glueless wood floor needs to be installed on a level floor. If there are any dips in the floor it will cause the wood strips to split over time or not connect correctly. Use level compound if you need to get rid of any dips, or low spots in the floor.

2. Lay a Plastic Underlayment

A plastic barrier must also be used when installing a glueless wood floor. This will keep any moisture from the subfloor from rising into the wood.

3. Place Spacers around Room

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Wood flooring needs room to expand. Go around the room and place 1/4 inch spacers near the wall to serve as a buffer between the flooring and the wall. Once the flooring is laid down you can remove these for the baseboards.

4. Start in One Corner

Start laying the glueless wood floor in one corner of the room and work your way to the other corner. The pieces will connect together through an interlocking feature. Angle the wood up and snap into place. This may require a rubber mallet. Start the second tier with a smaller piece so each new row is offset from the first. Continue until the entire floor is completed.