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How to Install Hardwood Flooring



Hardwood flooring is among the more popular choices for household flooring, and for good reason. There’s a vintage style and a sense of warmth and coziness that comes with hardwood flooring.

Do you want to get the best out of hardwood flooring? You must install hardwood flooring properly to keep your floor from looking sloppy and to prevent trips or cuts from elevated floorboards.

If you want some hardwood flooring installation advice to get a safe and good-looking floor, here is your hardwood flooring installation guide.

Tools to Install Hardwood Flooring

You’ll need several different tools for installing hardwood flooring. Such materials include a hammer, wood putty to keep the flooring down, a table saw, and measuring tape.

And of course, you’ll need to decide which species of hardwood you want for your flooring. Hardwood can include mahogany, oak, maple, and many other species. You’re going to want to pick one that matches your home and your vision for it.

If you need help choosing the type of flooring you want, look at the Jorgensen floor visualizer. This nifty online tool allows you to upload a photo of your room and see how your floor would look with the materials Jorgensen offers. This is a useful service that will make picking your species of hardwood much easier.

Hardwood Flooring Installation Tips

Before you even order the hardwood, get the measurements for the length and width of the room, and then multiply for square footage. Then you can order the hardwood, and make sure you order extras in case there are any bad cuts.

You’ll also need to prepare the subfloor. Make sure it’s clean, smooth, sturdy, and squeak-free.

When the flooring arrives, take it out of the packaging, stack it, and let it sit for a few days to adjust to the humidity of the home.

Roll out an underlying asphalt-laminated kraft paper to serve as a vapor barrier. Mark the joist locations with a pencil.

Begin the installation at the longest wall. Pick a long and straight board make a chalk-line 3/8″ at the baseboard and snap it off to allow for adjusting seasonal climates. Continue to lay out boards perpendicular to the joists underneath for a solid anchor.

You can start nailing the boards to the subfloor after the first few rows have been laid. A pneumatic nail gun will make this process easier.

As you near the end of each row, make sure to get accurate measurements for gaps too long for the whole board to fit. You want it as even as possible. Continue on until you’ve gotten as close to the walls as you can. You can look into baseboard installation to fill the tiny gaps at the wall.

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You have a brief guide introducing you to the basics of how to install hardwood flooring. Now you can give your floors a warm and stylish appeal that comes with such flooring.

For more tips on building homes and more, check out our home improvement articles.

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