Installing Your Hardwood Flooring

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Installing Your Hardwood Flooring


Do you want to learn hardwood flooring installation? We walk you through the entire process, from subfloor preparation to installation and trim finishing.

1. Know how much flooring and materials you’ll need to complete the project.

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To calculate the square footage, take the length of the room and divide it by the breadth. Allow for a ten percent allowance.
2. Remove the carpets, tack strips, and baseboards from the room. Your subfloor must be clean, dry, level, and structurally sound, regardless of the type of flooring you install.
3. You’ll need to monitor the humidity in your basement and test to see how much moisture penetrates through the slab.
4. The next step is to figure out how the space’s flooring will be laid out. Adjust where your pieces will line up so you don’t have any really thin pieces at the end to cope with if you notice you’ll have an odd sliced piece.
5. The room’s initial and end rows must be nailed through the board’s face. Place the first board in the groove facing the wall, on the line you broke. For the expansion gap between the board and the wall, use 3/4-inch spacers along the length and at the end.
6. It’s a good idea to stagger each junction by at least 6 inches, and to prevent H joints where two rows aren’t at least 2 rows apart.

To learn all of the steps of hardwood flooring installation, keep watching.

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