How to Lay Hardwood Flooring


Jonas Herring, Negosentro |  There is nothing quite like the look of highly polished hardwood flooring throughout the home. Whether you install natural wood or choose engineered hardwood flooring, the result is a look of elegance. Installing hardwood flooring has an additional advantage besides the aesthetic feel and ambiance wood floors evoke. If you decide at some point in the future to put your home on the market, hardwood floors are a definite selling point for buyers looking for modern style coupled with the warmth of rich, wood floor coverings.

Before installing new hardwood flooring, take the time to do research on the installation process. Before beginning, it is a good idea to determine the materials needed, estimate the cost, and know how much time needed is needed for installation including drying, sanding, and varnishing time if installing natural wood boards.

Use the following checklist for tips to help get you started on a home improvement project guaranteed to make your floors the star attraction in your home.

Subfloors – a solid subfloor is vital when installing hardwood flooring. It serves as the base and support for the material. The subfloor must provide an even platform for the flooring. This along with appropriate installation techniques is critical to flooring in order to sustain normal traffic conditions.

Temperatures – be aware that extreme changes in temperatures or humidity levels can damage new wood flooring.

Concrete Slab/Raised Floor – prepare the concrete or raised floor prior to beginning the installing process. Both floor types must have a smooth, flat, dry, clean surface devoid of any lumps, bumps, indentations, cracks, protruding nails, or squeaks. Concrete slabs should be professionally tested to be sure the slab is moisture free.

Solid Wood Vs. Engineered Flooring – choose the flooring type best suited for your home and climate. Determine if the floor needs to be installed above or below grade. Solid wood is milled lumber and because of its natural state, can be susceptible to warping, or contracting and expanding due to temperature changes and moisture. Acacia engineered hardwood flooring is compressed layers of wood making it more durable and less likely to be affected by humidity and temperature variations. This type of hardwood flooring can be installed either above grade or below grade.

Floor Delivery – make sure all other projects are completed before the flooring is delivered and installation begun to ensure no damage occurs, after the fact, due to work that still needs to be completed. Dropped tools can easily wreak havoc on new floors causing nicks and scratches to the new surface.

Preparation for Installation– the final step in prepping for the floors is allowing the flooring to sit, uncovered, in the room where it will be installed. Do not place the flooring outdoors on a deck or patio. Flooring needs to adjust naturally to the humidity level of the home prior to installation to avoid boards expanding or contracting inhibiting the installation process. Check with the manufacturer if this step is necessary for the particular product purchased.

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