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The Basics of Hardwood Flooring Installation


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If you want to save money on your flooring installation, there is no reason why you can't complete the job yourself with some helpful advice. You can install hardwood floors over any surface, but if your subfloor is concrete, you do have to take steps to control the moisture. You can solve this problem by covering the concrete with a thin sheet of plastic to prevent any moisture from seeping through to the floor. If you have a subfloor made of wood, you have to make sure it is solid by screwing or nailing it securely before you start. Once you have the subfloor properly cleaned of any dust and dirt, then you are ready for the installation process.

If you have a fireplace in the room, this is the best place to start. Otherwise, start the installation of the planks from the longest wall in the room. Manufacturers recommend you install a thin layer of foam underlay on the floor before you start installing the planks. Use a chalk line to put a straight line from the wall where you intend to start. This will be the mark that you should follow with your first row of planks to ensure that your floor is straight. You can always fill in a small strip along the wall if you find the wall is off a bit.

Since the planks are in random lengths, you can lay out the boards before hand to determine what pattern you want to use. You may decide just to use the boards as they come out of the package and install them randomly. The important thing is that you stagger the joins in the planks so that you don't have them all meeting at the same point. If you do this, it will be easier for them to come apart of buckle.

When you blind nail the tongue and groove boards, you will not see these attachments in the finished floor. You drive one fastener through the tongue of the board and the next one you fit in place will cover it. Some of the hardwood boards can be glued to the floor with the adhesive strips on the back. If you choose pre-finished flooring, you won't have to do anything else with it once you have it all installed. Unfinished hardwood requires sanding, staining and sealing before it is complete.

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