Before beginning any hardwood floor installation project, you need to lay the subflooring. Sub-flooring provides a smoother floor surface that helps to insulate the floor. Because there are so many different types of floors, you can choose from many subflooring types. Make sure you read the instructions before you decide which sub-flooring type to buy. With your hardwood flooring, you will receive a tool list as well as instructions for installing it. Click for more info!
Subflooring will need to be cut to size and then nailed to the floor. Subflooring should not be more than half-inch thick in order to support hardwood floors. Sub-flooring acts as an insulation layer. If your floor isn’t perfectly flat, you might need to apply joint compounds. It is important to let the floor dry before you proceed. Make sure to clean the subfloor before you start laying the hardwood.
You will need a hammer and a spacer. These tools will allow you to cut the flooring exactly according to your requirements, attach the boards to it, and also eliminate any gaps between them. The chalk lines can be used to mark the area you’ll cover.
How to install your hardwood flooring
The first three rows of a hardwood floor are most important. For straightness verification, make sure you use your level (or an “L”) square. To secure everything, use straps and clamps. Your tapping block or Hammer may be needed to tighten the tongue and groove joints. You can do this by placing the blocking on the flooring edge. Then, gently tap the block using a hammer. Do not force items into place if they do not belong together.
Stabilization is achieved by applying glue around each joint’s edges. Make sure to use the correct amount of glue for stability. It is possible for glue cling up to cause damage to your floors’ finish. Be sure to test any boards you intend to glue before applying glue.
Once you get to the end of your project, there won’t be any room left for tapping or hammering. To place the floor, the pulling machine is used. Do not use your tools to place flooring that isn’t yet finished. Be sure to bring a soft cloth so that your new floor is not scratched.