10 Steps To Installing Your Own Hardwood Flooring
It's simple, hardwood flooring can add beauty and value to your home. There was a time when only the wealthy could afford have wooden flooring in their home, but due to today’s technology and prices becoming more affordable, most people can enjoy this wonderful flooring . The materials are now easier to install making it possible for DIY enthusiasts to install the flooring themselves and you can do this too by following a few steps and getting the right tools to make the task possible:
Materials You Need To Install Wooden Flooring
Some materials you will need to make this happen (as well as acclimatised real wood flooring): a filler and touch up solution, hardwood laminate cleaner, and adhesive. You may also need masking tape, flooring underlay, mouldings / trims, and spacers.
Tools You Need To Properly Install Your Flooring
Tools you will ideally need to install your own hardwood floors include a capenter’s square, measuring tape, hammer, or rubber mallet, chalk and chalk line, a utility knife, safety goggles, a saw, dust mask, tapping block, a lever, nails, a pull bar, air compressor, staple gun, and a v-notch trowel.
Preparing For the Installation
Before you start placing your wooden planks on the ground, you will need to make preparations to ensure a smooth layout and installation. Read the instructions on the packages and materials you have on hand. Clean the surface very well and allow it to dry prior to installation.
Ten Steps To Install Your Hardwood Floors
1. Start your process by collecting all the tools and materials you need and placing them within reach.
2. Gently remove all the existing trims, wall base, and millwork. Be careful not to damage them while removing the items since you can use them at the last step. Set them aside where they will remain safe and undamaged.
3. Presuming you have removed the old flooring and have thoroughly cleaned the surface already, it's time to roll out the underlay. You should have made sure that the underlaying material is suitable for both your surface and new flooring material.
4. Lay out the wooden planks parallel to the longest side of the room.
5. Start laying out the planks from the left side moving towards the right as you go along. Let the side with the smaller tongue face the wall.
6. Use the spacers between the wooden boards (planks) and the wall to provide space for the wood to expand.
7. When placing the last plank or board, you might have to saw away the excess wood to make it fit. Cut the wood lengthwise not crosswise.
8. You may also need to cut away some pieces of the wooden planks to make all the pieces fit in awkward places, corners and nooks.
9. Once all the boards or planks have been placed on the ground, you may remove the spacers next to the walls.
10. Now is the time to re-attach the trims and mouldings you previously removed. This covers up the space you have provided for the wood to expand.
Now you have installed the floor, but the floor still doesn’t look amazing?! That’s because of all the mess, dust and dirt you have produced installing the flooring yourself. Before you can appreciate your beautiful hardwood floors, you will need to clean up all the mess you just produced.
Sweep the floor and mop off remaining dust. This is when you can use the hardwood laminate cleaner and polishing wax. Use a microfiber mop to apply the cleaner and polishing solution. There are also some polishing solutions that do not contain wax if you wish for a safer and less slippery surface. Now, you can enjoy looking at your new hardwood flooring.
You can view our video on how to lay a real wood floor below: