Hardwood Floor Installation

When looking for luxurious and appealing flooring materials for a home, one should never neglect hardwood as an option. Hardwood floors come in a variety of designs and grain structure to suit the style of anyone and blend in with almost any kind of home decor. Wooden floors are also ideal for dining rooms, lobbies, restrooms etc. These floors promise enhanced insulation and low recurring maintenance costs, though they may require re-finishing after a decade of so. Here’s a short guide to hardwood floor installation.

Installing a wooden floor is an easy task and doing it on your own is not difficult. The engineered wood type installations come in right sized planks and are easy to install and it can be done well within a day. This flooring is of the floating type and has no special subfloor requirements. Installing solid wooden planks may require a whole weekend, and is best done with professional help.

First of all the perpendicularity of the adjacent walls needs to be measured. If not perpendicular, you might need to rip off the first row. Clean the subfloor and remove all debris, get rid of all spongy surfaces.

It is always advisable to start off from an unobstructed side of the room. Be sure to lay spaces (about 3 / 8th of an inch) that allow proper expansion and contraction of the flooring. Secure the first row of planks with nails and fill in nail holes with putty to make the surface appear uniform. Carry on with installing the next row of planks starting from the same end as the first row.

Mark individual planks if there are any obstructions in the room and cut the planks accordingly. Following this pattern, continue to the next row till you reach the end. The last row may again need ripping and sufficient space must be left for spacers. With this last row in place, the installation is complete. Offset the ends of the planks and avoid any installation less than 6 inches in length.

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