Installing Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

Installing Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

Installing Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

A wooden flooring can give a classy new look to your house. Prefinished hardwood floors are available in the market today, making the process of installing prefinished hardwood flooring a do-it-yourself thing.

How many of us went hitch-hiking and lived in one of those wood barracks? Didn’t you always feel that there’s something great about the whole woody look? We all want to give our houses that nice forest-ranger house kind of feel. But what if you’re living in the city? You can scarcely lug a bunch of logs into town and make your home, can you? Well, why not go for the prefinished engineered hardwood flooring?

Yes. The name sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Hardwood flooring, that too prefinished? But yes! This indeed can be done. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Most folks tend to overlook the first step while installing prefinished hardwood flooring. To install the hardwood floor, the wood has to be purchased and stored for a while, so that it gets used to the local climatic conditions. This is very important so that there will be no wood expansion/contraction problems later. Get the wood acclimatized to your local conditions. Buy the uncut finished wood and store it in normal home conditions to get the best results.
  • Next, remove the old flooring. Strip the tiles of the old floor down to the sub-floor. Level out that floor. Remove any stray traces of cement, dust or minute pieces from old tiling that may make the surface uneven.
  • Start chalking the placement of the boards. Make sure that you keep a distance of 1/8th to 1/4th inch between the board and the wall, to leave room for wood expansion. If there is no space for the wood to expand, the wood-floor will start swelling and it will look bad.
  • Start with the longer parts of the room where the wood does not need to be cut. This will give the room a straight feel instead of a haphazard slanting look. Then, in the remaining parts of the room you may have to cut the boards and place them as required within the spaces.
  • Drill the nails into the boards to fix them in firmly place. You can use the electric brad nailer or the finish nailer to this end. This will help keep the first few boards straight and correctly in place while you install the other pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. This is important, as if the main long boards-which are the foundation for the flooring model-don’t stay in place, the whole floor will become loose.
  • You can use racking boards to stagger boards and to eliminate the imperfect pieces. Boards with defects can be hidden by placing them near the walls.
  • Start nailing/stapling the boards to the floor using the floor nailer. Make sure to space the nails 8 — 10 inches apart. As you nail the boards, check whether the boards are nailed straight and perpendicular to the wall surface. Use a jamb saw to apply the final touches to the ends where it may be uneven or too long.

And there you go! Your beautiful wooden floor is ready!

The good thing about hardwood floors is that they can almost never be a misfit to the rest of the house. Depending upon the furnishing of the house, hardwood floors will also adapt themselves to blend in with the rest of the room. So if you want to give your room a classy and elegant room, you can install a slightly lighter colored log, while for the more adventurous sort who’ve colored their house in darker colors, a darker wood will be pretty good. So either way, it still is a great idea!


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