7 Prefinished Hardwood Floor Installation Tips

7 Prefinished Hardwood Floor Installation Tips

7 Prefinished Hardwood Floor Installation Tips

Feb 21, 2012 8:14:14 AM

With the popularity of hardwood floors, you are probably planning to replace that old carpet with one, and, being the do-it-yourself person I know you are, you are planning to do the job yourself. To help you out, I have put together a list of installation tips for you to keep in mind as you begin to transform your homes flooring.

1 Above Grade or On Grade

Before you begin to even install your new hardwood floor, you need to make sure that your subflooring, which is the surface beneath your carpet or old flooring, meets the Above Grade or On Grade. These grades simply mean that the subfloor will not cause any problems with the new hardwood such as moisture leaking into the wood or insufficient support. If you have a radiated heating system in your home or are planning to install one, you need to make sure that the hardwood floor you choose is approved for use with this type of system.

2 Moisture protection

Moisture is one of the worst enemies of hardwood floors so you need to take every precaution to make sure that your new flooring is going to be protected. If you are worried about moisture getting into your wood flooring, then I recommend putting in a sheet of polyethylene/plastic before you begin your hardwood installation. This will protect the underside of the wood flooring from any moisture that may accumulate in your subflooring.

3 Acclimate

Your new hardwood flooring needs to have time to adjust to the environment that you are installing it in so it is important to make sure that you allow the flooring to sit in the room or the hallway where you are planning to install it for at least a week. Because there are different amounts of moisture, or humidity, in different environments, the wood needs to have time to adjust to the humidity that is in the air.

4 Cardboard

One thing that I like to do when installing hardwood floors is to spread out some cardboard on top of the wood so that I can keep my tools nearby without worrying about scratching the wood. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt to put cardboard on top of the newly installed floor until the installation is complete.

5 Tapping

7 Prefinished Hardwood Floor Installation Tips

When you are installing the wood planks, using a tapping block will enable you to gently nudge them into place. I have seen many people who have damaged a wood plank by trying to hammer it or hit it with a tool in trying to put it into the right spot.

6 Clean the area

One thing that people tend to forget to do is to sweep up or vacuum the particles left behind from the previous floor or from usage on the subfloor before installation. Whenever you are installing a new item for your home, you want to make sure that the surface you are putting it into is clean.

7 Moisture test

Since moisture is an enemy of hardwood flooring, not only do you want to make sure that your subfloor is of a specific grade, but you also want to test it for presence of humidity and moisture. For this you will need a moisture meter which is going to tell you the range of moisture that is in your subfloor. The company that made your wood flooring should have included information as to what range is okay for the flooring to be installed on.

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