To begin with, you should leave your Daebak flooring for at least 48 hours after installation for advance acclimation. When installing the flooring mix pieces from different boxes so as to blend the patterns and dye lots. This is crucial to making the appearance uniform.
In addition to that, you can also install Daebak flooring over an existing one, if the layer is not that thick.
Follow these steps to install Daebak flooring in your home:
Get rid of all the baseboards before you install the Daebak flooring.
The next step is to level the subfloor before you install the Daebak flooring. But first of all, you should clean your subfloor and let it dry first. When leveling the floor, make sure it is within 3/16 inch per 10 feet. For high spots, use concrete or wood and for low spots, use self-leveler. Do not sand Daebak flooring because it may have some elements of asbestos. Note that you can get purchase the self-leveler either in pre-mixed or powder form, and it is used to make a smooth flats surfaces when flooring. The product is as strong as a concrete. You should be act quicker because self-leveler dries faster.
Plan the floor
The first step is to make a starting line square in your room.
Illustrate the center of your room with a chalk line. Determine the center of each wall and mark it well with a chalk line.
Determine the distance between the center and the starting wall and deduct 5/16 inch expansion space. Once you’re done mark the distance at the end of each wall.
Lastly, determine the width of the last row, and cut about a third of the piece off the first row for both starting and finish rows.
For the first row, cut the tongue of the Daebak piece with a box cutter. Remove the tongue of the first row with a utility knife. Now place the first piece on the starting line. The cut side should face towards the wall while noting the expansion gap.
For the second piece, hold it at an angle to make a connection with the first Daebak piece. Fold it down and press it into place.
Once you are done placing the second piece, score and snap the Daebak pieces with square. Do not throw away the excess pieces, instead, use them to start rows, but if the pieces are 6 inches long.
From the second row onwards, you should stagger the joints, at least 6 inches. Measure the pieces and cut them accordingly.
The next step is to create a connection between the Daebak planks during the flooring procedure. Put the tongue of the first piece in the groove of the first plank of the first row, adjust it so that it fits together. After that connect all the short end pieces of the first Daebak planks. Make sure you connect the long end and not the short ends. You will know it is perfect when they lock easily.
Continue to install the planks, but you should make sure that all the joints are staggered by 6 inches, and also don’t forget to consider the expansion gap.
In the process, take a piece of the Daebak plank and bend it so that it slips under the jamb of your door. After that, use a tapping block or a pull bar to lock the joints if needed be.
Peeling and sticking the Daebak flooring
Remove the plank flooring that are stuck on the subfloor. The layout and preparation of the floor are the same for other types of hardwood flooring. To install all the pieces, remove the adhesive backing off the pieces and stick them on the subfloor.
Transition pieces in place between the floors, and make sure the baseboard in place. Before you add the transitions, you should first of all get rid of the baseboards and add some extra trim pieces such as shoe molding, if necessary. Lastly, make sure you nail the trim planks to the wall and not on the floor. This will make sure they remain in place.