Floating Floor: Finished

The floor in Glade Cottage is installed so let’s take a look at the progress.  Details of installation and cutting can be found here.

The former brick-patterned flooring topped with packages of new wood-patterned vinyl laminate.

Charlie took up the old floor but left the 3/4 inch plywood sub-floor. The baseboard trim had already been removed.

The vinyl bricks came up pretty easily.

Each piece of laminate was marked and cut as we went along. The first course was laid at the back of the room and we worked our way toward the door.

First we dry-laid the floor making sure the sections would fit tightly with the recommended 1/4 inch gap around the walls.

Twisting the prybar worked well to pull the pieces together.

Before installing the laminate the entiresub-floor was primed then covered with foam underlayment which attached to the next piece of underlayment by means of a sticky strip that ran down one side.

The film side is placed on top and difficult to mistake because it reads “this side up” in red letters.

The tongue-in-groove floor was laid on top of the foam.

This back part of the room was the most difficult area.

We continued a second day of flooring by laying planks through the center of the room maintaining a 1/4 inch margin around the edges with the help of spacers.

The second day’s progress gave us a good idea how great the floor would look when finished.

The entrance end of the room was the last to be laid and needed a partial piece to fit in the doorway.

The unfinished edge will be covered with a threshold strip.

All through the project we used a 2″ x 4″ scrap to force the tongue tightly into the groove.  Care must be taken not to break or destroy the fragile edge of the laminate. Unfortunately we ruined a couple pieces by 1.) careless clamping and 2.) using a metal tool against the sides.

Use a wood buffer between the laminate and the hammer to protect the edge.

This floor is finished.

How sweet is this?!!

We also plan to add trim around the walls and caulk the floor on the tub side. The trim is a separate item on our to-do list because we usually get to the 80%-done spot in a project and start a new one. Our next project will be trim, so we can call the floor officially laid.

Is finishing a challenge for you? Or do you continue to work until the project is COMPLETE?

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