Installing Engineered Flooring on a Concrete Slab
When gluing prefinished engineered flooring to concrete, detailing the prep and ensuring a careful layout are key
Part of FHB‘s Master Craftsman series, this article is a detailed look at the process of gluing engineered flooring to a slab. Installer Kevin Ward begins with a thorough look at the preparation of the slab, which must be flat, clean, and smooth. Using a 10-ft. straightedge, he checks the floor for high and low spots, marks them, and either fills them with a patching compound or grinds them down. After sweeping the floor, he next applies a sealer to the concrete. To install the flooring, Ward snaps a chalkline as a guide, then applies the urethane glue with a notched trowel. Working in increments of three to four board widths, he spreads the glue, then puts the flooring down along the chalkline. Buckets filled with sand are used to weight the flooring down in place until the glue dries. The article also features techniques used for scribing flooring into doorways and walls.
<p>Originally from Olympia, Wash., Kevin Ward grew up in a flooring family. His father was a flooring salesman who liked to work on his own house. After college, Kevin took a couple of construction jobs that led him to his next job, where he learned to install tile, sheet goods, carpet, and hard-wood floors. With that experience under his belt, he partnered with a friend and built up a business specializing in hardwood floors. In 2010, Ward moved to Austin, Texas, and got a job as the instal-lation supervisor with custom-flooring manufacturer Hardwood Designs. His other job these days is helping girlfriend Naomi Seifter run Piknik, a food-truck restau-rant, in downtown Austin.</p>
<p>Here in Texas, as in much of the South and West, houses are built on concrete slabs. For a flooring contractor like…