How To Install A Hardwood Floor

How To Install A Hardwood Floor

Are you a DIY enthusiast who loves to remodel your home, and are now looking for a hardwood guide to install in your home?

Here’s where you should be. It’s not difficult to install hardwood floors; it’s fun. 

Let’s dive right into the guide by starting knowing what things you’ll have to get the task done

You’ll need these things ready

A few things you will need to install hardwood floors are: 

  • Hardwood boards.
  • saw for cutting boards.
  • mallet or hammer.
  • waxed paper or plastic sheeting (for protecting your furniture), pencil line marker string (to make it easier to measure). *
  •  Measure out what needs to be done. 

Installing a hardwood Floor (steps)

It is important to measure all four sides of the room and figure out what needs to be laid down.

Keeping each spot perfectly leveled ensures that the wood boards do not feel unbalanced when laid.

Starting with the measurement process, be sure to include some space for an entrance or exit so that when you leave your entryway, you don’t walk on wood flooring.

Additionally, you should ensure there are 12 inches of space between any wall.

Cut the boards

Cutting a board

Making sure all pieces fit together well while you’re cutting will prevent you from having to adjust them after installation.

There also needs to be enough difference in width between the boards so there aren’t any gaps where they meet.

Install the boards

If you are doing this on your own, it is best to start with larger pieces in areas where there will be less foot traffic, such as bedrooms or bathrooms, and work your way down to smaller pieces as you move into living spaces where more foot traffic is expected.

Also, staggering seams will prevent the creation of a trip hazard.

Finish installing the boards

Then, use the hammer or mallet to hammer them into place.

Start at a specific corner of the room and move towards the next board until there are no more pieces that are unsecured.

Nail or screw them down

Nailing boards

As soon as the boards are in place, make sure they’re secured with nails from behind and screws from above (if your ceiling is high).

Also, the nails should be shorter than the piece that is being nailed so that your hardwood flooring is not damaged.

Last but not least, once the wood floor has been installed, put down a protective mat or rug near the door to avoid any unwanted dirt in your new installation.

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