One of the most beautiful things you can do when remodelling a house is opting to install solid wood flooring. Besides its beautiful and sophisticated look, for a do-it-yourself person, it’s a fun project to deal with. Your local store can provide you basic instructions on how to install it with or without the help of a professional. By carefully reading the manual or conducting research, you can gather helpful tips for better results.
Tips on how to install solid wood flooring:
When remodelling, make sure you remove the existing floor all the way to what we call a subfloor. A subfloor is the surface where you will install your wood flooring. Make sure you pull out any particles that have been there previously, such as staples, grout, nails and glue. Chipped holes should be properly covered to make an even surface.
Remove baseboards carefully and save them in case you need to use them again after installing your hard wood floor. For best results, treat them with sand paper and repaint them to go with your new floor
The bare flooring surface should be completely free of debris. Poor cleaning will result in an uneven floor after the installation process.
Cut your felt underlay and start stapling it to the floor. Avoid using excessive staples to achieve better levelling.
Locate your floor joists. This is where you will nail your flooring, if needed, draw a chalk line along this joist as a marker. You can locate joists by tapping the floor the hardest sounding part is where they’re located.
Your first piece should be laid along the joist, nailing it at 45 degrees on the side all the way to the panel joist. Use a floor nail gun for best results. Avoid nailing the surface of your hard wood flooring. Do the entire length of the joist first and then continue the rest of the floor.
This consistent method should be retained all throughout the process. Make sure to align your pieces the same as the first ones you installed, to achieve a uniform floor design.
Make sure to leave a slight space, about inches on your last piece to accommodate movement and expansion.
Place your new or repaired baseboard on your new wood flooring to complete the project.
Before starting any project, allow yourself enough time to plan and choose the kind of hard wood floor that you would like. Look at the warranties and consider special offers to get the best deals. If you are to do the project yourself, come up with a simple wood flooring plan and start the project in the smallest portion of the house. Ask questions and advice from experts, get help if needed. It’s not only the design of your hardwood floor that is taken into consideration but also on how it is installed. Poor installation will cause movement on your floor, allowing gaps and uneven surfaces to be visible. Do not be overwhelmed with the project, instead, get help and have fun putting it all together. The best part will be standing back and admiring your fabulous new floor!