Installing Hardwood Floors : Yes It Can Be

So you’ve made the decision to add wood floors to your home. Excellent call. You can now look forward to not only an improved home decor, but an increase in the value of your home. Here are some tips when you are installing hardwood floors to help you along.

Before you figure out how to install hardwood floor you first need to lay down some sub-flooring. The sub-flooring will allow for a smoother surface as well as more layers on the floor to protect against the weather. You also need to realize that there are many different hardwood flooring manufacturers and materials so it is a good idea to read the instructions that have come with your materials about the type of sub-flooring, installation process, and the equipment that you will need.

Sub-flooring should be nailed down and then you should make sure there are no nails or staples in the flooring that will later cause a problem. The sub-flooring should be 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch thick to support the hardwood floor. The sub- flooring is the area you will secure the floor to. It also gives you another lay of installation from the weather. If the floor is not level you may need to place joint compound on the floor and let it dry. The joint compound can help level out the floor for better results.

When you are beginning the job you will need glue, spacers, pull tool, tapping block, chalk line, hammer, ruler, straps, and a saw. These tools will help you get the lengths you need, secure the floor, and make sure there are no gaps between the flooring that shouldn’t be there. You will need to chalk the area of the hardwood flooring so that you will know exactly where to stop and where to start.

 The first three rows are crucial to your hardwood floor. You will need to use the ruler or level to make sure that these three rows are straight and that the joints are fitting snugly. Clamps and straps will keep these planks connected and the joints tight. You may need the block and hammer to get the tongue and grooves of the flooring to fit well together. You should lightly tap the flooring with the block in place. You do not want to force the wood together.

You will also need to have glue when you are placing the planks together. The glue should be applied along the edge or the joint. Make sure that you are using enough glue, but do not use too much. Too much glue can have it coming between the planks and ruining the finish. Before you glue the hardwood floor together, you will want to test the next piece. You will also want to plan on where the pieces are going and any design you are wishing to have.

When you get closer to finishing the hardwood floor you will find that you can no longer use the tapping block. You will have to switch to the pulling iron and hammer to pull the floor together. When you are dealing with hardwood flooring that is already stained and finished you will need to be careful about laying your tools down. You will want to have a soft cloth to place your tools on the further you get. You will need the saw to create the pattern and make the pieces the correct length for the floor.

To make the installation process easier, make sure to have all the materials and tools you’ll need ready when you begin because once you get going you won’t want to stop to look for something you may need. It’s also a good idea to be familiar with the installation instructions specific to your flooring so that you can get any questions answered before you start installing.
Installing Hardwood Floors : Yes It Can Be Installing Hardwood Floors : Yes It Can Be Reviewed by Alexa on February 03, 2018 Rating: 5

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