Wood Flooring Glendale, 818-748-8738, 100 N Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 90071

Hardwood Installation

What is a wood floor inlay? Because of the great competition of hardwood installation, contractors find ways to make them different from the other. One is the ability to install inlay, an eye catching patterns of design on floors. Even if it seems like a frightening work to do, installing can be that easy providing you have the right template and router bit.

Following the necessary steps and the specific directions of the manufacturer, you can be successful. Here are the things you need and how it would be done:

. Inlay and template
. Router and trim bit
. Pencil
. Drill
. Stud finder
. Hammer
. Eye protection
. Nail set
. Chisel
. Wood adhesive
. Vacuum
. Screws
. Hearing protection

The procedure:

#1 Choose where the inlay would be installed using the template then mark the design on the wood floors. Make sure that the owner checks the place and position the floor inlay will be laid.

#2 Attach the pattern or template to the floor.

#3 With the use of a router having a flush-mount trim, start routing the area where the inlay would be. Go down three times to every 1/4 inch deep at a time using the router. Go downward in clockwise direction slowly where there could the fastener you may hit.

#4 Clean the dusted area using the vacuum.

#5 Let the exposed nails or fastener to sink using nail set and hammer then, adjusting the router bit to 1/2 inch depth, follow the same pattern in going down.

#6 Remove the template that was affixed to the floor. Remove also the floor boards and a vapor barrier. It is where the wood floor inlay will go. Use a chisel to remove the flooring which the router could not reach and remove. Vacuum well the whole area ensuring that nothing will remain to hinder the placing of inlays.

#7 Dry-fit the floor inlay making sure that it can be removed for gluing time. Dry-fitting means you have to put the inlays down into the pattern you made in the floor. Do not hammer it down directly but use a piece of wood when pounding the inlays down into the floor.

#8 If you are sure enough that it fits well, remove it and spread the right adhesive and its right amount to the subfloor down where the inlay will be laid.

#9 To ensure that it bonded well to the subfloor, put some weight on it. Once the adhesive has dried and cured, you can sand the inlays and coat it with finish along with the rest of the flooring that needs to be finished. Be sure that the adhesive is properly cured to prevent the forming of bubbles. Bubbles will form if the adhesive is not well-dried.

Prefinish and unfinished engineered wood floor inlays have the same process in installing. One thing is important, follow the manufacturers’ instruction to ensure that they fit snugly and are stable in place.

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Administrative Office:

100 N Brand Blvd.,
Glendale, CA 91203
818-748-8738

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