How to Install Hardwood Floor
Things You Should Check Before Starting
Learn how to install hardwood floor
. After, you've decided on an interior design idea, for your room. You've chosen your hardwood flooring. The room is empty, painted, and ready.
But wait, before you start learning
about how to install hardwood floors
. Take the time to prepare your subfloor
, first. We want to make our hardwood floors as flat
as possible and problem free
. Your hardwood floor installation learning experience
will be easy and with little frustration.
This is an important step, that you cannot overlook.
Flooring contractors will not prepare
your subfloor, unless asked
to do so, except for cleaning. Besides, this is where you can save money
, if, your hiring a flooring contractor to put in your hardwood flooring.
for flatness. The tolerance for surface flatness is 1/4" variation, over a 10 ft. diameter. To ensure a beautiful and flat appearance
from your wood floor finished surface, correct
any uneven areas, whether they're low or high spots, before starting your hardwood floor installation.
Use a skimcoat sandable floor compound, surface prep products
, like Henry's floor prep
Make sure you follow
manufacture's instruction, and perform a moisture test
after it has dried, to prevent cupping
with your hardwood flooring.
low and high spot is an important step, especially for laminate floating floor installation or glue down flooring installation. This will allow these type of flooring to sit firmly tight on the subfloor. Which will prevent the wood flooring from seperating, squaking and many other problems.
A flat surface will prevent
your furniture from going out of square and tipping over, and injuring someone
It will be easier to learn how to install hardwood floors
and it prevents problems
, like tripping over a hump or speed bumps.
Some homes are very old, and requires a lot of work, to correct the flatness of the subfloor. It's up to you
as a home owner, to determine, whether, it needs to be corrected or not, before beginning a hardwood floor installation.
Stop and Prevent Squeaks
Nows, the time to tighten that floor
, before starting or learning how to install hardwood floors
. No one likes an annoying loose and squeaky floor
Squeaks are most likely caused from a loose subfloor
. Tighten the floor to get rid of them.
You can apply 2" or 3" coarse wood screws
or use 2"- 3" ring nails , nailed into the joist
. To eliminate
them and have peace and quiet
Once, you've installed your new wooden floor. Squeaks can be difficult to get rid of
, if you skip this step.
If, you already have hardwood floors installed in your home and have squeaks
. Try fixing it from below.
As long as you have access to your floor joist. You can fix them
, by inserting shims between the floor joist and subfloor. You then won't have to deal with an annoying squeaky floor, ever again.
Check for Moisture
Test surfaces for moisture
, in basements, over any area you have applied leveling compound or skimcoats. Especially over concrete or areas built over crawl spaces (additions, or closed porches).
You'll prevent problems
with adhesion(glue), cupping, buckling, mold, mildew, finish adhesion, bubbling in the finish, finish delaminating and more. Save time and Money by preventing costly rework and repairs
to your new hardwood floors.
Test the surface by using a moisture meter
or using duct tape and plastic
. Tape a, 12" x 12", clear 6 mil plastic, onto the surface. Allow it, to sit, for 24 hrs, then just check it,
. Condensation is an indication that your subfloor is wet
Test more than 1 area
. Doing this, will prevent any costly repair, or rework of any flooring installation.
Flooring contractors will usually point out this issue, before any hardwood floor installation. Any severly cracked or missing panels, should be replaced or added.
To ensure a firm surface for your hardwood floor installation.
Depending, on the size of the area. You can sometimes just bridge over small gaps, 6"- 8" allowed.
If, The subfloor is severly damaged, consider replacing it or resheathing.
Before starting or learning how to install hardwood floors
Replace or resheath
your old subfloor with new 3/4 tongue and groove Advantech Plywood sheathing
. Nails hold on to them, good, and they have a moisture repellant
Which will help prevent problems. You don't have to worry for as long as you own your home.
If, all these subflooring issues have been addressed. You would have prevented many future problems.
Then, learning how to install hardwood floors
will be very easy to do. You can focus
more on learning
how to do your wood floor installation and less
on dealing with subfloor problems.
" It's a good head start to a great finish."
Decide what's the best type of subfloor system for your concrete application.
Once, you've done, all these steps. And are satisfied with your surface preparation. Then it's time to learn how to install hardwood floor.
Choose a method of flooring installation.
Staple/nail down flooring
Glue down flooring installation
Laminate Floating floor Installation
Hardwood Floor Installation Over Radiant heat
Reclaimed Wood Floor Installation
White Pine Wood Floor Installation
Random Width, Recycled Wood Flooring Installation
Hardwood Floor Installation Images
Tips To Installing Hardwood Floors
Preventing Common Wood Floor Installation Issues
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