Tips on Installing Hardwood Floors Yourself

Tips on Installing Hardwood Floors Yourself

In this article we will go through step to step instructions on tips on installing hardwood floors that you want that will make that room just right. We will give you tips in the appropriate spots which will help with your installation.

The first step you need to do is pick out the type of wood that you want your floor to have. Pre-finished boards will not only save you time, but they’re a simple short cut that you can take. If you go for the pre-finished board that will save you the time of having to complete the whole floor after the installation, and it saves you the money that you would have spent on that equipment. It also saves you the time and energy you will have to do when finishing the wood yourself.

Tips on Installing Hardwood Floors Yourself
Installing Hardwood Floors

Now in order to prepare for the hardwood floor you need to do several things. The fist thing you have to get your current flooring off whether it is carpeting or even soft flooring. You would have to start in the corner and work your way towards the middle. There are different ways in which you can get the flooring up from that corner by using a pair pliers, a pry bar, or even floor cutters.

The next thing that you will have to do is to remove the tack bar that goes around the room. You should also go around and pick up any staples or any other item that could be lift on the floor from the previous floor’s installation. If your carpet was glued down to the floor you can purchase a glue-dissolving solvent that you can then use on your floor. Make sure that you read the instructions before you use the product.

Hardwood Floor Installation
Hardwood Floor Installation

You would then sweep the ground, and make sure that there is nothing wrong with the floor of the room. The next thing that you will have to do is install Oriented Strand Board (OSB), on your sub floor. This layer in your flooring is also known as the wafer board. This is a less costly to use then if you were to use plywood. A staple gun may be used when you are attaching the Oriented Strand Board (OSB) to your sub flooring.

You should then lay down sheets of red rosin paper. This should be used all over the floor to cover the Oriented Strand Board (OSB). Now we are ready to get to the point of installing the hardwood floor. In this step you will have to use a pencil, or some chalk to mark where the joists are located. The Joists are the beams that support the floor.

You should now measure about three eights of an inch out from the baseboard as you now should make a line to keep that measurement. Your hardwood could possible expand in the warm weather, and contract in the cold so it is necessary to keep a little bit extra room for that to happen.

The wall that is the longest and the straightest is you starting point. Place one end of the board that you are using right up to the line that you have drawn in the floor showing you how far from the baseboard that you should go. One thing that you have to make sure is that the floor board is perpendicular to the joist in the floor. Now you should nail that board down to the sub floor and the joist. This has to be done with a nail and a hammer due to the fact that an automatic stapler will not reach down all the way to the joist.

Renovation with new flooring
Renovation with new flooring

You then continue to put all the boards down making sure that you are fitting the tongue and the groove ends together. Use a Pneumatic stapler when you are stapling in to the sub floor. You continue to do this until your have a finished, and perfect looking hardwood floor. If you have used the pre-finished wood then you work is over. If not then you will have to learn how to do the finishing, and perform it yourself to make your wood look the best that it can look.

So you know the basics on installing a hardwood floor yourself. So go out there and make that room look really great with a hardwood floor that you installed yourself!


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