Many people for some reason believe that because hardwood floors are a relatively delicate and costly material, we always have to seek assistance and help from experts.
Consequently, it is encouraging to learn that with all the proper accessories and the type of hardwood that is right, it is pretty much a DIY endeavour. Moreover, because already made and ready to place hardwood floor planks are available in hardware stores with instructional manuals on how to do it, there is nothing really to worry about.
How does someone install hardwood flooring? First of all, you need to make a choice if you would like to use rustic ash, maple, cherry or oak. Obviously, oak is one of the most high-priced types of hardwood flooring material, but having a good reputation, it is one of the most effective as well as strong enough to withstand rough work or treatment. Rustic ash or maple may also be suitable and can be used for so long as oak with appropriate care as well as maintenance, in the case that you are working on a particular budget.
After that you will need to prepare these elements: the hardwood planks, a vapour barrier paper, a pry bar, a pounding, a speed drill and drill bits, a pneumatic flooring pack (which includes a nail gun, staples, a mallet, a hose, and an air compressor), a staple gun, a tape measure, a chalk line, and, obviously, your how to do it manual.
It would be a good and sensible idea to check your guidebook before you start the work, and that certainly can help you do not waste your time. Some shops already sell a prepackaged hardwood installation packs with all accessories you may need to help you avoid the hassle of looking for every piece. Of course, safety and health hazard should be considered. Hammering and all the drilling could produce wood dust, and it might be harmful when inhaled.
Assess the surface where you are planning to place the floor prior to purchasing hardwood flooring planks. Sequence planks that are around 25 to 30 centimetres larger to have enough space if you make a mistake. Anticipate that the initial effort is going to be quite difficult, but once you get that first board setup, the rest ought to be a breeze.
Eliminate squeaks by tightly nailing the hardwood board to the subfloor. Consistently, provide additional space when cutting. When you are working on hardwood floors, it is the best to go over and make the alterations that are required using a space that might seem clumsy to fill.
Then the task is completed after you have installed the boards in position, in the case you got prefinished hardwood flooring. However, in the case the wood was purchased in its purest kind, you need to additionally pre-equip yourself with finishing and sanding tools. Also, be prepared for another challenging job ahead.