Feb 15, 2016

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How to Install Hardwood Flooring

How to Install Hardwood Flooring

Installing hardwood flooring in your Miami home is a financial investment, but you can cut labor costs by assembling the floors on your home. While this task may seem overwhelming, the procedure is actually fairly simple. Before you begin installation, make sure your surface is even and you’ve given time for the hardwood to adjust to the temperature and humidity of your home, as outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions. Once your materials are ready, it’s time to begin the installation.

The First Row

When you install the first row of your planks, you need to select the straightest ones in the set. Face the “tongue” side towards the center of the room, placing spacers inside the area between the wall and floor. These spacers give the floor room to expand during high heat and humid weather.

You will need to follow the manufacturer’s instruction for nail holes, predrilling the holes in 6-inch interval before nailing them together. Once each nail is in place, fill the rest of the hole with putty.

The Second Row

To correctly install the second row, you need to use a mallet to tap the boards together and secure a tight fight. This snug fit gives you a seamless look on your floor. Prep the board with nail holes the same way you installed the first. You will need a floor nailer for this process. The nailer will come with specific instructions for safety, which need to be followed exactly to prevent injury. Continue to watch your expansion gap between the floor and the wall for an even floor.

Finishing the Floor

The last row will need to be customized to fit the size of the room, minus the space you need for the expansion gap. If you have less than an inch of room left, you may need to apply a small amount of wood glue and insert the piece with a pry bar, giving you a tight fit. Spaces larger than one inch can be installed the same way as the previous pieces. The manufacturer’s instructions will include information on installing transitional pieces to complete the look.

A Smooth Installation

As long as you follow the instructions listed above and in the manufacturer’s manual, you will have an easy installation that normally takes a few days once the wood acclimates. To make the process easier, employ the help of a few friends and make a weekend out of your home renovation. When you install your own hardwood flooring, you improve the look and resale value of your home while remaining within your budget.

Installing hardwood flooring in your Miami home is a financial investment, but you can cut labor costs by assembling the floors on your home. Contact us for more information.

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