Rigid Core Flooring Installation
Whether you’re considering installing your rigid core flooring yourself or planning to hire a contractor to do so, here is some helpful information to ensure your new floor looks great from the moment it’s installed through years to come.
- An appealing feature of our rigid core flooring is its “floating floor” construction. This means that the individual boards are designed to snap or lock together without the need for gluing or nailing down the boards to the subfloor. In this way, your new floor “floats” above your subfloor.
- This is a real advantage if your subfloor has minor irregularities (many do!) since the thick, sturdy planks have a cork underlayment that helps provide an even flooring foundation as well as added comfort and quiet.
- Rigid core flooring can be installed over large areas without transition strips.
- This floating floor construction can also save considerable time and effort over traditional flooring installation methods as well as make installation possible for more experienced DIYers.
- With that said, you’ll find in the installation instructions for some of our floors that we advise using an adhesive if you’re planning on installing your floor where it will be exposed to a lot of sunlight, which naturally increases the possibility of floor expansion.
Familiarize Yourself with the Installation Process Before You Buy
Whether you’re planning on installing your floor yourself or hiring a professional contractor, make sure you’ve considered the following when budgeting for your new floor:
- Removal and disposal of your old floor
- Subfloor repairs if irregularities are significant
- Cost of moving furniture
- Cost of materials and tools needed – if you’re hiring a pro, these items should be listed out in the proposal. If you’re doing it yourself, this could include safety equipment like protective glasses, installation tools like a proper saw and hammer for the project, a pull bar and tapping block, caulk for high-moisture installations and finishing elements such as coordinated trims and moldings.
Do-It-Yourself or Go Pro?
Prep Steps for Your New Floor
After Your New Floor is Installed
- Be sure to remove all tools and materials from the area and thoroughly clean your floor with the recommended cleaner for your new rigid core floor.
- If you have a glue-down installation, don’t wet mop your floor for at least five days from when it was installed.
- It may also be advisable to wait 24 hours before replacing your furniture/appliances, especially if these items are heavy.
- Using furniture pads to protect your new floor will help to keep it looking like new for years.