411homerepair.com

The Do’ and Don’ts of Fitting Hardwood Floors

by Guest on Sep 23, 2011

Hardwood flooring is an expensive material and if you are installing it for the first time then here are a few pointers worth reading. If in doubt then call on a professional to do the job for you – remember, mistakes can often be more expensive to put right than the installation would have cost you in the first place.

Do:

1. Make sure the area you are looking at covering is in an appropriate condition for the job. It needs to be level and dry and the temperature in the room should be consistent.

2. Ensure that all the other trades have completed their work if the hardwood flooring installation is part of a larger project. Plastering, plumbing, electrics, etc need to be finished before you lay the floor.

3. Leave your flooring materials to acclimatize within the room for 3 to 7 days before fitting to make problems at a later date less likely. Leave in the cartons but remove any plastic outer layers to allow the material to breathe.

4. Start from a measured center line in the room or from the longest straight wall available. Work logically across the floor and avoid joints meeting by varying the lengths of boards as you go.

Don’t:

1. Attempt to lay engineered wood flooring unless you are confident that your joinery skills are up to the job. It could lead to a lot of wasted time and frustration as well as a disappointing result.

2. Forget to leave an expansion gap for the floor to naturally expand and contract into overtime. Failure to do so could result in warped boards and an uneven floor.

3. Discard the manufacturer’s instructions. You may think you know best but a quick read won’t do any harm before you get started.

4. Be tempted to move furniture back into the room until your varnish is fully set. Again, read the instructions and if anything allows a little longer than recommended to ensure the best possible result.

Latest Articles

Considerations for Immediate Roofing Maintenance

One of the best ways to keep your house safe from the weather is to get frequent roof inspections and properly maintain your roof. When your roof...

on Dec 1, 2022

Budget Home Makeover Tips

With the current state of the economy, many of us are tightening our belts and diverting our discretionary income elsewhere. But just because you...

on Oct 26, 2022

Real Estate Investment for the Next Generation

Investing in real estate is something that people have been doing for a long time. Most people invest in a home, so they can stay at the home. This...

on Oct 18, 2022

5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen

You finally did it! You bought your dream house, and you are ready to make the most of it. The only issue is your kitchen situation- the backsplash...

on Oct 15, 2022

6 Safety Tips That Are a Must During Construction

Infrastructure is a vital part of an economy, which is why construction work is integral to any flourishing society. Despite its importance, it is...

on Oct 15, 2022

Sponsored Articles

Actions

More DIY Articles

Creating a Modern Bedroom

Do you want a modern bedroom but do not know where to begin with all of the options available? That is a common stumbling block that most...

Interior Design / Decor

How to Organize Your Garage for Optimal Storage

The garage is often a dumping ground. It is the place we store everything that does not have a home elsewhere. A list of items deposited in a...

Doors / Garages

Making Wide Shades Fit Narrow Windows

Designing window treatments to fit a narrow space seems overwhelming, but it could be easy. This DIY article walks you through the steps of...

Windows / Siding

5 Tips to Choose the Right Tile for Your Bathroom

Choosing the tiles you’re going to put into your bathroom renovation is one of the most important decisions you’re going to make. The tile is...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Colorado Local Builders Associations

Find a local builder or council, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area.

Builders Associations

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2022