Prefabricated hardwood floors are made with installation in mind. They are specifically designed so installing them will require very few power tools and adhesives. They have a modular design that allows them to be installed very quickly. The actual pieces are not glued or screwed to each other. They have a tongue and groove system so they can snap together. That being said, the job still requires a fair bit of heavy lifting and bending over, so you need to be able to handle the physical aspect of the work. This article runs you through the installation process so you can be prepared before you begin.
The Best Approach
Installing hardwood is definitely a two man job. One person can be on the floor, installing the actual planks while the other cuts them to size. You can set up a saw table with a compound miter saw. Make sure the table is movable so you can move it from room to room during the installation. A compound miter saw is necessary if you need to make any angled cuts.
Another perk of having two people is that you don't need to transfer measurements and mark them on the board. The worker on the floor can take a measurement and then tell it to the other worker on the saw to make the cut. This significantly speeds up the process when you are making hundreds of cuts.
Staggering Your Boards
It is very important to be strategic when it comes to your plank layout. Start every board along a flat wall, but make sure they are not the same length. It will look better if you randomize it. Cut a few boards in half. You can cut some to odd lengths, too. Then, choose a starting wall and begin laying them down. Once the first row is laid down, you can start to put full pieces throughout the rest of the room. You will not need to make any more cuts until you reach the edge of the opposite wall. You only want to cut the length of the boards that are going to end at a wall or create a break in the hardwood flooring.
The boards snap together with ease. Some brands have a fit that is tighter than others. In such cases, it is best to just lightly hammer the planks together with a rubber mallet. Even if you need to do this, the installation is still very simple.