Step-by-Step Guide to Installing End Grain Flooring: A DIY How-To (Part 2)
Now it is time to lay the rest of the end grain tiles in the other directions. When laying the tiles around corners, use corners which come pre-morticed from the tile manufacturer. After mortising, apply the adhesive to the tile corner and its lying area. Make sure that the corner is properly aligned.
To lay tiles along wall edges, begin with the row closest to the wall. Apply adhesive to the edge of the last tile in the row and the heel of the first tile in the wall row. Lay the adhesive along the remaining wall with a trowel. Slide the tile forward, pressing it with your hands. Hold the tile in place before setting down the next one.
To cut the tiles close to the wall, toe-in the last one while holding it back. Mark the spot and cut, making sure the cut is smooth.
To lay tiles in other directions, begin with the interlocking row in the same manner. Make sure that each tile sits squarely and firmly on the adhesive. Cut tiles as necessary to fit the row.
To install the end grain flooring, you will also need parquet tiles. These wooden tiles are typically square or rectangular and are available from the tile manufacturer. Make sure that the adhesive is applied to the whole surface of the tile. While installing the parquet tiles, pay extra attention to the alignment of the intersections of the pieces or else the flooring won’t appear very attractive in the end.
When setting the parquet tiles, it is important for the edges to be spaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Failing to do this when installing the end grain flooring could eventually lead to cracks, buckling or warping over time.
Once all the tiles have been installed and you are confident that they will stay in place, it is time to leave the adhesive to dry and then apply the finishing. Apply a floor finishing product and wait for it to dry before you refurbish the room.
End grain flooring installation is not a complicated process, but it requires patience and good techniques. Making sure you follow the right guidelines will go a long way in ensuring that your end grain flooring stays in good condition for many years to come.