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Floating Floor-Kimmie starting
The existing floor was scratched-up by sliding furniture and heavy traffic.  Certainly one option was to sand and re-finish the surface.  However, the owner uses the property as a rental and wants a solution that will stand the test of time.  After much research, I recommend installing a “Floating Floor” with a hardwood appearance.  The planks stick to each other, not to the floor.  That’s why it’s called “floating.” 

 
Floating Floor - Kimmie starting

Floating Floor-1st plank
The great thing about installing this plank flooring is that it goes right over the existing flooring.  This product is installed without the use of any glue.  The planks come with GripStrip technology with interlocking edges that fit together to form tight joints. 


Here’s the exact product I used:
Allure Plank by Traffic Master
Color:  Hickory
The planks are 6” wide by 36” long

 
Floating Floor - 1st plank

Floating Floor-tools
Here are the main tools you will need:
*large scissors
*straight edge
*angle tool
*pencil
*double sided tape
*sharp utility knife
*knee pads

 
Floating Floor - tools

Floating Floor-plank pattern
To install this floor, I choose a pattern for the overall symmetry.  In the 2nd row, I set a plank 12” in. In the 3rd row, I set the plank 24” in, etc.  This way the floor has a uniform look, much like a real wood floor.

 
Floating Floor - plank pattern

Floating Floor-making progress
Progress is being made!  Here, I show how the planks are staggered.  Essentially, the bottom of the sticky strip is pressed over the top of the strip on the 1st plank.   If this process sounds complicated, it’s not.  When you open a box of the flooring, you’ll see how it’s manufactured and how it goes together. 

 
Floating Floor - making progress

Floating Floor-measuring angles
Cutting the material requires a sharp utility knife. To cut, just score it, and snap it.  Certain areas of your room may require cutting angles.  This is a little more time consuming.  I recommend making a paper pattern first, then tracing it onto the plank to cut out.

 
Floating Floor - measuring angles

Floating Floor-almost done
I’m getting close to finishing.  Yeah!

 
Floating Floor - almost done

Floating Floor-Kimmie painting
This flooring meets up with a tiled room.  To finish the seam, I used a piece of wood molding attached with industrial glue (Tough as Nails.)  Here, I am staining the trim with a MinWax stain so that it blends perfectly. 

 
Floating Floor - Kimmie painting

Floating Floor-before
Here are some tips that are not necessarily in the manufacturer’s installation instructions:
1.  For the outside edges, leave about 1/8” to ¼” space for expansion.  With a change in temperatures, this floor can expand or contract like any other vinyl surface.
2.  To acclimate to your particular conditions, have the boxes of flooring open and in the same room for 24 hours.
3.  Try not to install this flooring in excessively cold or hot room temperatures. I did mine at about 85 degrees and have found no expansion problems. I have heard from others that installed it in extreme hot or cold temps and had the seams separate.
4.  Use double-sided industrial tape around the outside edges.  This helps to ensure it lies perfectly flat.  You could also run a bead of silicone around the perimeter.

This product is sold at The Home Depot for about $1.70 a square foot.  The Allure Plank flooring comes with a 25-year residential warranty.

If you have questions on this project, please email me.  I’m happy to give you my project advice.

Kimmie

 
Floating Floor - before
 
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