Installing hardwood floors can transform the look and feel of your space. Here’s a concise guide to help you achieve a beautiful, long-lasting hardwood flooring installation.
- Prepare Your Space: Start by removing existing flooring materials and ensuring your subfloor is clean, dry, and level. Acclimate the hardwood planks to the room’s humidity for at least 72 hours to prevent future warping.
- Gather Your Tools: You’ll need a circular saw, nail gun, moisture barrier, measuring tape, and chalk line. Make sure to have enough hardwood planks, underlayment, and adhesive if you’re doing a glue-down installation.
- Layout and Installation: Begin laying the hardwood planks along the longest wall, leaving a 1/2-inch gap between the planks and the wall for expansion. Use the chalk line to maintain straight rows. Secure the planks with a nail gun at an angle, ensuring they interlock properly.
- Stagger Joints: To create a visually appealing pattern, stagger the joints of adjacent rows so that they don’t align.
- Cutting and Trimming: As you approach the walls or obstacles like doorways, measure and cut the planks accordingly. Remember to leave gaps around these areas for expansion.
- Finishing Touches: Once you’ve installed all the planks, add baseboards or shoe molding to cover the expansion gaps and create a polished look. If you’ve chosen prefinished hardwood flooring, there’s no need for sanding and finishing.
- Maintenance: To keep your hardwood floors looking their best, clean them regularly with a soft broom or vacuum and avoid excessive moisture.