How to Install Hardwood Floors
Do you want to learn how to install hardwood floors? Homeowners install hardwood floors in their homes for their durability, added value and beauty. Hardwood floors add an element of classic, timeless style and elegance to any room. Choices in color, style and size are wide and varied. Set aside a weekend, rent a floor nailer, dust off a power saw and install the new hardwood floor.
- Rip up old carpet, linoleum or ceramic tile.
- Check the plywood for loose or missing nails and screws. Tighten loose screws and hammer in any popped nails.
- Remove and replace any damaged plywood to ensure a solid base for the new hardwood floors.
- Remove moldings from around doors and the base of the walls.
- Measure 1/8-inch away from the wall and snap a chalk line to create a straight guideline.
- Put wood shims up against the wall to create an 1/8-inch gap between the walls and the hardwood floor. Wood shims provide a necessary space for the hardwood floor to expand without buckling.
- Use a power drill and drill pilot holes at 18-inch intervals on each of the first row of hardwood flooring.
- Position the first row to the wall, up against the wood shims with the tongue of the floorboard facing to the center of the room.
- Sink nails through each of the pilot holes to secure the first row.
- Cut the correct length of hardwood flooring row by row.
- Fit the groove into the tongue on the second row, do not allow the ends of the rows to match up. Vary the end points.
- Use the floor nailer to secure the second row in place.
- Install the remainder of hardwood flooring row by row in the same manner.
- Take out the wood shims.
- Put moldings back in place.
Successful hardwood flooring installation requires time and patience along with a little skill. Choose pre-finished hardwood flooring to avoid a lengthy finishing process. Buy all required materials and rent any necessary tools prior to starting the project.