Hardwood Floor Installation Basics

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If you’ve made the decision to improve the look and quality of your home with hardwood floors, you have two choices. You can either pay someone a lot of money to lay the flooring or you can do it yourself. Perhaps this is your first endeavor into hardwood floor installation. If it is, have no fear, it’s easier than you may think. Just follow this step by step guide.

The very first step to installing hardwood floors is to completely remove your previous flooring. This may be easier said than done. If you had carpeting, you’ll need to remove and roll up your carpet and then remove the padding. This should be easy but be careful of carpet staples and nails; you don’t want to end up injured.

If you are replacing your current hardwood flooring, a little more effort may be involved. Make sure that you have the tools you’ll need ahead of time so you don’t have to stop in the middle of everything to get more equipment. It’s best to jump in and complete the job as soon as possible.

Once you’ve removed all carpet, hardwood flooring or tile or vinyl flooring and have a pure foundation to work with, you can begin preparing the sub floor. Sub floor is usually made of particle board or plywood. Discuss the appropriate sub flooring treatment for your project with a professional where you purchased the hardwood flooring you’re about to install.

Once you have treated the sub flooring, it’s time to snap your chalk line. Remember to give one fourth to one eight of an inch room for expansion. With wood flooring, it’s actually ideal to wait 10-14 days after you’ve gotten the hardwood before you actually begin to lay it. This will give it time to expand and breathe and it will be much easier to know what you’re dealing with ahead of time. Make sure to store your hardwood flooring in an area similar to the room you’ll be laying it in. Don’t store it outside-water will damage and warp the wood.

Once you’ve done this, select the longest, straightest hardwood floor board that you have. It’s best to make sure that the first several boards you use are the biggest and straightest. This will ensure an even, straight floor across the room. How you get the boards to stay in place depends on what kind of flooring you’re using. If you’re using hardwood flooring that came as part of a whole room solution, you may be able to avoid nails and stabilizers.

If you’re using stick down hardwood flooring, things will be much easier with your first endeavor. If you use parquet hardwood flooring, you can glue it directly to the sub flooring. If not, you’ll have to use nails. Whichever way you go, you’ll have a sturdy, beautiful addition to your home in no time at all.

Lay the boards, one after another, side by side. Make sure to vary lengths and use a rubber mallet to tap the slats in every few boards. This will help make sure that you don’t have any gaps. Work from one side of the room to the other until you’ve completed the space. Now you have a beautiful hardwood floor that you can be proud of.

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