Tips on How to Install Hardwood Floors Correctly

Do you want to install your hardwood floors yourself? If yes, then this step-by-step guide will help you to install hardwood flooring in any room of your house. Read on to find out more.

  1. hardwood boardFirst, you need to select the hardwood board widths and species that you want to install in your room.
  2. Then you must measure the length and width of your room. In order to get the square footage of your room, you need to multiply the length and width. Moreover, when you buy hardwood flooring, you must get 10 to 15 per cent extra for any cutting error or irregular boards.
  3. You must check your subfloor for any squeaks. You will need at least a 3/4 inch plywood sub-floor. If you find any squeak in the floor, you must screw a lengthy drywall screw into your sub-floor to support it. Then remove shoe molding from the room and clean and sweep it thoroughly.
  4. The next step is to roll out the vapor barrier paper strips on the floor. Make sure that you allow a minimum of 4 inch overlap. Staple the paper firmly to your sub-floor. For this, you can use 15 pound tar felt or paper. This paper is comparatively inexpensive, with nearly $12 per roll. Mark along the baseboards using a pencil at the location of the joists.
  5. Now, start installing the wood board at the highest unobstructed wall. You need to take out the shoe molding and create a line of chalk 3/8 inch out from the baseboard. This is done to make room for expansion of the hardwood floor in humid and hot weather and contraction of the hardwood floor in drier and colder weather.
  6. Now select a long and straight board in order to start with the first row of hardwood board installation.
  7. After you install the first few rows of hardwood on the floor, you need to drill pilot holes in each board’s tongue and nail the rolls from hand, until there is sufficient pneumatic nail gun clearance.
  8. With the help of the pneumatic nail gun, you can start stapling the boards.
  9. Now, cut the baseboards by selecting a fitting piece and leaving 10 to 12 inches more.
  10. At the end, fill the gaps in the floor.

This is how you can install hardwood floors correctly in any room in your house. This job will take you about 2 days.

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