How to Install Click-Lock Wood Flooring

Have you been thinking about revamping the flooring throughout your home? If so, click-lock wood flooring is the way to go. With a little bit of planning and a few easy to follow suggestions, you’ll have your renovation finished in no time. If you’re looking for home maintenance weekend projects, click-lock flooring is a relatively simple and cost-effective way to make a dramatic change. Thinking of selling your home on Amelia Island? New flooring can help you to attract and keep buyers. Many Fernandina Beach homes for sale are even adding to their asking costs thanks to this simple solution.

In this post, we’ve lined up 6 tips for how to install click-lock wood flooring that’ll assist the process in going smoothly and safely.

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Pre-Installation Planning

Before you start your installation, the first thing you’ll need to do is ensure that the conditions of your subfloor are suitable for supporting a wood floor installation. Secondly, you’ll need to inspect the flooring materials that you purchase. If you fail to do this before installation and notice damage after the fact, you may accidentally void your warranty and not be able to use it.

There are some other little things that you’ll want to take into account:

  • Outdoor drainage systems (gutters, etc) must be pointing away from the building
  • Your basement and/or crawl space need to be dry and leak-free
  • If you have a crawl space, it needs to be coated with poly film
  • You’ll need to maintain a temperature between 60-80 degrees in your home
  • You should aim to keep your home between 35-55% humidity

You’ve probably noticed that most of these points have to do with moisture. That’s because when moisture and humidity levels are off-kilter, wood can warp and become damaged. Without taking these things into account your investment and the work you put into installing the floor could end up all being for nothing. If you suspect you may have issues with humidity, you may want to look into laminate flooring as an alternative.

Also, keep these things in mind

  • If you have in-floor radiant heat only Oak, Cherry, and Walnut wood can safely be used
  • If you’re installing over an in-floor radiant heat system, you will need to double-check the manufactures instructions for doing so.
  • Click-lock wood flooring shouldn’t be used in bathrooms
  • “Floating” floor installations need room to expand and contract with the seasons, so be extra careful around molding and doorways to ensure nothing is accidentally being held down. If you skip this step, your planks may split when they expand!

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6 Installation Tips

  1. Slightly bowed boards can still be used, they aren’t defective! They just take a little extra work to get in place. Try inserting the board and connecting the groove at a 45-degree angle while carefully applying downward pressure.
  2. Try installing the floorboards in a “stair-step” pattern when you are first starting out. This can help to increase stability and make the rest of the installation easier. For example, 5 boards in the first row, 4 in the second row, followed by 3, etc.
  3. Don’t try to force boards together. If you notice resistance, the board likely needs to be reseated.
  4. Narrow areas will require you to stagger the planks so that there is at least one joint in every row. Otherwise, your floorboards will warp and weaken overtime with visible damage.
  5. When working underneath doors or alongside other tight areas like cabinets, there will not be room to insert the full board at a 45-degree angle. You will need to trim the board using a wood chisel.
  6. For cosmetic purposes, you may wish to select the boards that you think may best match the molding and set them aside to be used when it is time to install the flooring around the edges of the room.

Care and Maintenance

  • Avoid oil-based soaps and cleaners that contain citrus oils
  • Make sure that your throw rugs have a non-abrasive finish
  • Don’t mop your new floor with water (it’s awful for them), only use the cleaners recommended by your manufacturer

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