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Steps to take before a hardwood floor installation?

A do-it-yourself hardwood floor installation project can be started with the right equipment.but fall in comparison with the results obtained from a professional Chicago flooring company. The first step is to gather all the necessary measurements and purchase the material. Numerous options are available depending on the specific floor type. Then, the base for the boards is prepared start with taking measurements and purchasing materials. If possible, utilize the existing for an easier and less messy installation. New boards can either be installed on a new plywood subfloor, directly on moisture-proof concrete or simply on the previous base.

 

Note that doors and moldings should be removed before preparing any kind of base. Once the base is prepped, be careful to not rush the installation of floorboards yet. It’s important for the new material to spend numerous days in the area where it will be installed in order to adjust to the conditions of its surroundings. Solid hardwood flooring is delicate and does not respond well to sudden changes in moisture or temperature.

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How to successfully perform hardwood floor installation

Once hardwood material has been accustomed to its environment and the fear of any unexpected expansion or contraction has subsided, the floor plan can continue to be executed and the floor can finally be laid out. Hardwood flooring installation is first laid out from the longest straight wall and proceeds from that point. Generally, the boards are laid perpendicular to the floor joists but that;s not always the case. Then, a flooring underlayment of asphalt-laminated Kraft paper is prepared with the purpose of providing a barrier against moisture, as well as being a noise reduction agent.

The following step involves cutting and nailing boards to the subfloor, either using a mechanical flooring nailer or by hand which is not as easy.  Any excess sticking paper should be removed and visible nail holes filled with putty. Now the floor surface can be sanded down and the appropriate finish applied (as long as prefinished material wasn’t utilized).