Installing hardwood flooring is one renovation project that is best left to the professionals. This is especially true in light of the cost of hardwood flooring and the expected lifespan of the flooring if it is installed correctly. If you have never seen anyone install hardwood flooring, you may be unfamiliar with the steps involved.
Like most things, it begins with careful planning. The subfloor of your building will be evaluated to determine what direction the hardwood planks should be laid. The levelness of the subfloor is also important. If your building has a concrete slab, make sure you discuss the option of engineered wood flooring with your installers.
Once your space has been evaluated, the subfloor can be leveled as needed. It is also important that the hardwood planks sit in the space for about 7-10 days before they are installed. During this time, the HVAC system should be run as usual so that the planks can adjust to their new environment. It is best to plan to install hardwood flooring in the autumn or spring.
One of the most time-consuming parts of installing hardwood floors is putting down the first row of planks. If this is done right, it makes the rest of the installation easier. If it is done poorly, it can make everything more difficult. Other challenge areas are floor vents and doors (especially areas that transition to other types of flooring). The final planks are also particularly difficult to install.
Another factor that makes the job easier is having the right tools. Typically, your installer will use a hardwood stapler for most of the installation and a finishing nailer for the first and last boards, as well as any baseboards and trim you have installed at the same time. Letting professionals install hardwood flooring is sure to give you a beautiful, sturdy floor that you can enjoy for years to come.