On Mother’s Day weekend we installed a floating hardwood floor for my mom. She had bought some beautiful hardwood awhile back and we finally got around to putting it in for her. It’s a solid hand scraped hardwood that is installed by gluing the the tongue and grooves together and laying it over a vapor barrier/cushion/squeak preventer. My mom and brother tore out most of the carpet before we arrived so we started with a concrete slab. Mike had a few remaining nails from the tack strip to knock out and we were ready to start.
The first 1/3 of the room seemed to take for.ev.er. It took awhile to get into a flow but we finally got moving. We used tongue and groove wood glue from the home improvement store and glue the boards into one another. We then used painters tape to hold them together while they dried.
It looks great! Even with all the different woods in the space, this new wood floor really richens the space up. We still need to go back and put the quarter round along the edges of the room and the fireplace hearth, but it looks great. It took us about 6 hours from start to finish. This type of flooring can be time-consuming because of the gluing and taping, but it looks great in the end!
Have you ever laid hardwoods?