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How to Install Engineered Wood Over Concrete

Engineered wood flooring offers the timeless look of hardwood, but is perfect for basements and other areas where moisture can be an issue. Follow these steps to install an engineered wood floor in your home.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply Adhesive

Using a V-notched trowel, spread adhesive over a section of the floor.

TIP: Check the drying time for your particular brand of adhesive. Don’t spread more adhesive than you can safely cover before it dries.

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Step 2: Lay Planks

Start installing pieces on a long, straight wall.

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Step 3: Secure Planks

Use a hammer and tapping block to make sure pieces fit tightly together and there are no gaps. Repeat Steps 1-3 across the floor.

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Step 4: Roll Floor

Go over the floor with a 100-lb roller to ensure the pieces are fully adhered and to minimize warping.

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