Adding wood flooring to your home can make it look more attractive and increase its resale value as long as the wood floors are installed properly. Here are some factors to consider before installing hardwood on your own.
1. Room Shape
First, measure your room to determine whether or not it’s perfectly square. If it’s not perfectly square, you will have to ensure that the wall plank is cut and sanded to the exact angle to ensure a proper fit.
Once you have purchased your wood flooring, bring it inside; however, before starting the job, allow it to rest for a few days. This will help it adjust to the humidity and temperature inside your home. This will allow it to settle within its new environment and prevent any problems you could have in the future with the wood expanding or contracting after it’s been installed.
If some of the boards require you to use a hammer and nails for the installation, remember to never drive the nail in too deep. It should be flush with the wood. Always leave a slight bit of the nail head above the wood level. This will prevent cracks or indents from forming around the nail site.
Sawing is a crucial part of sizing and laying wood flooring, and so you must ensure you have the correct equipment for the job. A circular saw is ideal. If you don’t have one, it’s worth investing in one or borrowing one from a friend. These saws are ideal for carrying out rip cuts lengthwise in the wood and creating the neatest angles.
To allow for future expansion, never go right up to the wall when laying wood floorboards. It’s best to use chalk or thin strips of wood to mark where you should go up to. Take this in to account when measuring the room and making your lengthwise rip cuts on the wood.
The wood floorboards should not align with each other. This prevents the risk of slipping and strengthens the floor as a whole. You will likely need to crosscut some of the floorboards to achieve this crucial floor laying technique, so remember to account for this when measuring.
Where the hardwood flooring will be meeting a different type of floor such as tile or carpet, use a reducer strip with a rounded edge. These are more durable when considering wear over time, and they also look much nicer.
8. Final Row
So, you have nearly finished the job and you are laying the final row. You might notice that this final piece can be tricky to install. Use a prybar to push the tongue into the groove of the row next to it. When nailing the last board in place, you should also use the nail set to recess the nail head.
Installing wood flooring will increase the appeal of your home—but only when it’s installed properly. Do your research and plan properly before embarking on this DIY job.