Tips to be Victorious in Installation of Hardwood Floors
The renovation of the house is a big step and everybody wants to ensure that they have upgraded everything perfectly and completely and has giventhe house the absolute balanced and pretty look, but when comes the task of installing new floors everybody gets to thinking what might be the ways to install the floor perfectly and successfully.
With the trend of wooden floors in full sparkle, the house owners around the globe seem to prefer the installation of wooden floors when they are upgrading their houses. The reason can be the modish, sleek and bright look the installation gives to the overall house. The long-lasting attribute of the hardwood floors have made them a popular choice among people but there are some mistakes that people make which can result into the unsuccessful installation of the floor and can cause problems for the owner later on. To be victorious in installing the floor, a person should first consider some points.
Following are some basic tips or points for people to consider while upgrading their houses:
Choose your hardwood wisely
The first and most important task is to select the perfect type of hardwood for your flooring. Wide varieties of hardwoods are available in the market but you need to select the one which will appear the most suitable for you. Make sure that the hardwood you are selecting is solid hardwood. Hardwoods have the capability of undergoing changes of contraction and expansion in humid environment which further results into gaps and cracks within the wood after some time.
Therefore, select the type of hardwood which gives the guarantee of its long and healthy life-spanand there will be no worries for you from your floor any soon. Engineered wood planks come with laminated sheets which ensure life-time warranty of the wooden floor which makes them the good choice while renovating the house.
Select the most appropriate installation technique
Not only selecting the appropriate wood is important, the installation technique is also crucial while upgrading your flooring. Some installation techniques are good to go with only some specific type of hardwoods. The techniques can be challenging at first but when the work is completed it gives away this great and complete interior look to the place.
There are different techniques like nailing down, applying glue or stapling down the planks but you should choose the most suitable one for your floor which will make sure that the planks will be held tightly to their places for a longer period of time and you won’t be looking for another improvement of your floor for quite some time.
Ensure even surface of subfloor
Before installing the hardwood floor coating and finish please be sure that the subfloor is even and flat. Although it is required to remove all type of flooring from the place before applying any new flooring. The presence of subfloor makes the new wooden floor to be stable for long time. There should be no roughness or low or high spots on the subfloor.
Especially when you are using the glue down technique or the floating technique for installing your floor, it is must to correct the uneven spots on the subfloor so that it provides a good and stable foundation for the new flooring to be installed on. Many wood problems such as separating, squeaking and gaping can be eradicated if only proper working is done on the subfloor and it is flat before the installation.
If you’re doing it by yourself then to level the subfloor, use the self-leveling products available in the market and to remove the high spots, simply sand them down. Also ensure that the subfloor is dry too.
Install floor in spring or fall
Absorbing the moisture is one of the properties of the hardwood and this particularly property can led to some serious problems later on if not considered wisely before the installation process. Always try to install the hardwood floors in spring or in fall when there is less humidity in the climate around and the temperature is moderate. Although the hardwood floor coating and finish can somehow limits the extent of moisture absorption but still proper measures should be taken before the installation because temperature always affects the wooden floors. Taking care of this particular point can spare the owner with problems of gapping and cracks within the floor and it makes installation far too easy and less frustrated.
Acclimatize your woods
For a thing to be stable within a specific environment first you’ll need it to be familiar with the environment and climate. Same is the case with the wooden planks. Always give the wooden planks sometime in the climate in which you have to install it. When your hardwood is delivered, tear open its packing and leave it for at least 3-4 days uncovered in the house. What this will do is that it will give the wooden planks opportunity and time to acclimate to conditions in your home and they’ll settle down above the subfloor quite easily and firmly.
Know the place where you are installing it
Many of the wood lovers will like to have their kitchens and bathrooms with wooden floors also. But you need to know the place where you’re thinking of installing the wooden floor.As we have described above that the hardwood has the capability to absorb moisture from the climate which can lead to some serious damages later onit’s necessary that if you want the wooden floor must in your bathroom or kitchen then you need to make sure that you are laminating the wood with water-resistant sheet or stuff that saves your wood from absorbing moisture and ruining its condition. It should be sealed with a perfect finishing so that no extra amount of moisture sinks into the wood.
Taking care of the above mentioned points can make the installation of your wooden floor easy and fast and the final result after the installation will be this warm and beautiful look the wooden planks will give to your house.