In October, we went to our local Floor & Decor store to look for flooring. In a matter of minutes we saw a pallet of flooring on clearance. It was exactly what we were looking to buy, and lucky for us, it was substantially marked down. We asked the salesperson if the clearance price could be marked down further if we bought the whole pallet.
The manager marked it down to only a $1.00 per sq ft for 1100 square feet of flooring.
Considering we have to install flooring in the entire house which is just under 3000 square feet, we were pleased as punch with this purchase. What a deal!
Additionally, we bought two rolls of eco-ultra quiet, acoustical, heavy weight, high density underlayment which is a little pricey but absolutely necessary for installing floating floors. Each 450 sq ft roll is just under $300.00.
With this amount of flooring, we planned to install it in the new master bedroom and original three bedrooms.
With outdoor projects going on in October and November, we planned to install the flooring once it got cold outside. So just before Christmas, John rolled out the underlayment and installed the flooring in the master bedroom’s walk-in closet first (to the right in above photo).
John has installed traditional 3/4 hardwood flooring in the past which requires nailing. This was the first time installing engineered flooring, so he decided it would be best to start in the walk-in closet.
However, he watched a couple YouTube videos first.
John was amazed at how quickly he covered the sub floor with 6 1/2″ wide plank boards. Since there isn’t nailing and it’s simply drop and lock, anybody can tackle this project, especially if you’re doing it with another person.
The key is is to start the flooring on the longest wall. The only cutting required is the last board in the course. Occasionally, in order to align seams properly, two cuts might be required. Seams should normally be no closer than 12 inches.
Each box has six planks (each plank is 48″ L).
John spent a little extra time matching the grain board to board.
In this photo, the grain is lined up perfectly.
Other tools required:
-Mitre Saw or Circular Saw
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