Glueless Structure Flooring
Adhesive has been used by many installers to bind wood panels together so that there will be no need to use nails. However, if no nails or adhesives will be used, can the wood panels stick with each other? Of course, they can!
Thanks to our ever growing technology, more and more manufacturers are trying to make innovations with flooring, and now there is already glueless wood flooring. As the name suggests, it is the kind of wood flooring that you can install easily since you do not have to mess around with glue anymore.
There are several wood flooring types that you can just install by yourself, but we would like to introduce you to two that you will frequently hear about:
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is a modern variety of solid wood flooring, in such a way that its top surface is hardwood, but its core can either be plywood or another hardwood. Because of this, it is a cheaper yet equally durable version of the original flooring.
Glueless wood flooring, on the other hand, comes in light with the engineered flooring since this is easier to be manipulated and to but cut in perfect fitting size, unlike the hardwood panels. The non-usage of adhesive depends mainly on the ability of the woods to stick strongly with each other, and we can only achieve that using the engineered hardwood flooring.
If you want to follow a strict budget without sacrificing the entire look of your flooring, you can use laminate as your glueless wood flooring. Laminate is much affordable than engineered or solid wood flooring, so you will not have to worry that it will cost you an arm or a leg to buy a few pieces of it. Besides, it is somewhat resistant to water and it can still look like a real wood flooring because of the printed image of real wood on top of it.
How to install them?
Here is the general idea of how you can install glueless wood flooring:
- Approximately three days before you start the glueless wood flooring installation process, you have to lay the flooring pieces out in the open so that they can adjust to the temperature and moisture in the area.
- While you are waiting for that, start checking the existing flooring. If there are gaps, fill them with leveling compound. If the existing flooring is hardwood, make sure that all the bumps are sanded out so that the surface will be flat.
- With the help of a flooring board, remove some of the door jambs to give space for the new flooring.
- When that is done, cover the space with a moisture barrier.
- ¼ inch away from the wall, begin laying the boards down. You need that much space to let the wood expand.
- Once you have installed all the boards, install a baseboard to cover the gap between the edges of the flooring and the wall.