Yes, you can install your hardwood flooring yourself but you will need patience and time. You could also hire a flooring company to install your hardwood floor. Having hardwood floors will add beauty and charm to your home. They are a great choice of flooring for people with allergies because they are easy to clean. If you decided to do your flooring installation yourself here are some tips to make it an easier job. |
• The first step is to make sure you have an even subfloor. This is another layer of flooring placed directly on the home’s floor joists. It is covered with the hardwood floor that everyone sees. If it is not level, you can have gaps in your flooring develop over time. You may even start to see your new floor buckling. Take the time to make sure that it is level before you start the installation project.
• You will also need to place an underlay between your subfloor and hardwood floor. There are foam underlay, roofing felt, or rosin paper. If you are not sure which to use you can ask the customer service representative at the place you purchased your hardwood floor. You will unroll the underlay and staple it over your subfloor.
• Unless you are a floor installation company, you would most likely not have pneumatic hammer in your toolbox but you can rent one. Why you should use a pneumatic hammer instead of a regular hammer is that the pneumatic ones run off air pressure and helps to relieve arm fatigue. The hammers are specially made for laying hardwood floors. It sets one board against the next board so they can be driven in at an angle.
• You lay out the first row on the floor before you nail in that first board so you can reduce the waste and not run out of hardwood boards. Laying it out will also help you reduce how many boards will be cut. Once you have them laid out, you can start to nail down the first row.
• On the next row, you need to make sure that the board edges do not end within six inches of your first row board.
• Starting with the third row, you will have to look for “H” joints. H joints are formed when there are two boards that end at the same spot with one row in between, which ends in the middle of these two boards forming an “H”
Laying a hardwood floor is just like putting a puzzle together. Make sure that you look at every row before nailing it down. You should make sure that you have a couple extra boards in case you make a mistake.
This article is penned by Richard Conrad for FloorGem Services. FloorGem Services, Inc. is the best flooring company in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
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