The choice of flooring in a house has become an important aspect while building orrenovating your home. While there are abundant options available in the market, hardwood flooring surpasses all due to its durable performance and the aesthetics it adds up to your living space.
Whether you plan to hire a professional to install the floor or opt for the DIY route, ensure the following steps are duly followed for a perfect installation –
Step1: Choose the Right Wood
There is an array of hardwood flooring options available in the market with respect to patterns, species of wood, plank sizes, surface finishes, etc. It is important to consider their variety to choose the one which is perfectly suitable for your place. Moreover, not all of them are created of the same quality. Some species of wood are more robust than other and are great for highly busy areas.
Step2:Acclimatise the flooring
Before ordering the flooring, measure the width and length of the room precisely to get the right quantity. Stack the wood in the room where it has to be installed atleast one week prior to the installation to help the flooring to adapt to its new surroundings. This is done as hardwood has a tendency to expand or contract with changing levels of heat and humidity in the surroundings.
Step3:Prepare the installation area
Reading the installation instructions laid down by the manufacturer carefully will help you in executing the job properly. After that, you need to start preparing your subfloor for installation. Make sure the subfloor is flat and the moisture content is as per the desired levels. Get the right equipment based on the method of installation.
Step 4:Install the flooring
The installation process begins by rolling out the underlayment if required. Then starts the actual floor installation. Choose the direction in which you wish to lay down the flooring. This might depend on the shape and size of the room and the amount of natural light you get in your room. After that, choose a suitable method of installation ranging from nailing down the floor with a pneumatic nailer or gluing it down by adhering the material to the subfloor orby floating where the planks are attached to each other instead of the floor.Also, don’t forget to leave expansion gaps around the edge of your room.
Step 5:Add the finishing touch
After finishing the installation, make sure you do the last stage touch up with the help of some flooring accessories as the non-finished details can make the room look shabby and incomplete. When all rows are installed, remove the spacers and attach trim and moldings.Cover the expansion gap with the help of the skirting board, door bars, ramps,pipe covers, etc.
To keep your flooring looking at its best, it is important to clean it regularly. Sweeping and damp mopping will keep the dirt away and the floor shiny and new. Also, due care has to be given to cleaning of spills immediately to stop it from seeping into the wood and leaving permanent stains.