At this point, you are well on your way to finishing your click flooring installation. You should have some boards already installed on the ground and be ready to continue the project. Here are the basics of how to finish up your click flooring installation project. (This is Part 3 of a 4 part series. Click to view Part 2 or Part 4.)
Step 1-- Continue Installing Rows
You should continue installing the click flooring rows as you did with the first row. Keep locking new boards into the last board on the floor and go in vertical rows. You should be able to do the main portion of each row relatively quickly. Use your rubber mallet and tapping block to tap the boards together with the adjacent boards. Once you tap the boards together, they should click and they will be attached together.
Step 2--Tightening the Boards
When you get to the end of a row, you will need to make a cut so that the last board will fit. After you do this, you will need to make sure that the last board is installed tightly. Use a pry bar to press the board back towards the other boards. This will remove any gaps between the boards in a row and make sure that they all fit together nicely. Make sure not to press too hard with the pry bar so that you do not damage any of the locking mechanisms between the boards.
Step 3--Finishing the Last Row
Keep installing the rows until you get to the last one. Working with the last row might be difficult because you do not have much room to work with. Take your time and make sure to install the boards correctly. You may need to make vertical cuts on the boards in order to get them to fit in the gap. Make sure that you leave enough room for an expansion gap on this row as well. When you get to the last board in the row, you will need to most likely make two different cuts on the board. Be careful with your cut and make sure that it is precise. Then fit it into the last gap in the floor.
Step 4--Install Thresholds
Once the flooring is in place, you will need to install thresholds in any doorways or openings. Anywhere that the flooring meets another type of flooring, you need to be sure to adjoin them with the proper transition piece. If you are running the click flooring up to a tile floor, hardwood, laminate, or any other hard surface flooring that is the same height, you will need to use a t-molding. If you are installing it next to vinyl, you will need to use a reducer. If it is going next to carpet, you should use an end molding. You can use liquid nails to adhere the transition piece to the floor between the two types of flooring.
Step 5--Install Baseboards
You will then need to put the baseboards back on on top of the click flooring. The baseboards will cover up the expansion gap and provide you with a nice, finished look.