Need to install a floating floor in reverse order? In most applications, floating wood and laminate floors are assembled (tongue to groove). However, there are times when floating floors need to be installed in reverse order or back-laid (groove to tongue), such as when continuing the rooms through halls and doorways, or when running floor boards in opposite directions after starting an installation in the center of a large room.

Sometimes when assembling floating floors in reverse order the locking joints tend to “pinch” or “snag” underlayments or sheet plastic placed under the floating floor used as a moisture barrier. Here’s a quick tip for a “pinch-free” assembly: When back-laying a floating floor in the opposite direction, just before fitting in a new board, temporarily place a section of felt paper (6” by 48”) under the leading edge between the floor and the underlayment. During board assembly, simply slide the section of felt paper along the leading edge to prevent locking joints from “pinching” the underlayment. Repeat the process for each board until a row is completed.

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After temporarily placing a section of 6” by 48” felt paper under the leading edge between the floor and underlayment, simply slide the paper along the leading edge during board assembly. This prevents the locking joints from pinching the underlayment. Pull the paper along the leading edge until a row is completed.