Last modified: 2020-05-18 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
Are you considering installing a hardwood floor in your home? Here is an overview of the different steps of the process, as well as some advice if you want to do-it-yourself.
Installing a hardwood floor can have a huge impact on your house: it can transform a room and increase the value of the building. Timeless and durable, hardwood floors are also popular because they are known for their warmth and beauty.
It is recommended that you hire a professional for this type of renovation project. However, if you feel that you have the required manual skills, completing the installation process is quite accessible.
Installing a hardwood floor requires a certain amount of preparation, as well as a lot of patience.
The humidity level of the room will affect the success of the installation process. If the room is too humid, the wood will tend to expand, which will cause swelling. On the other hand, if the humidity is too low, the volume of the wood will decrease. Therefore, before you install the new floor, check the room’s humidity level. It is also recommended that you remove the wood from its packaging and to let it become acclimatized with the room’s atmosphere for around 72h.
When you install the floorboards, each one should be perpendicular to the windows, to dissimulate the joints. They should also be perpendicular to the door’s threshold to ensure a harmonious transition between rooms.
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Before you start installing the floor, there are a few other things to do: if needed, remove the old floorboards, using a lever, and spread construction paper on the false floor. This construction paper will act as a vapour-barrier and will make things easier for you when you start installing the new floor.
Now, the installation process can start! Here are the 8 main steps to follow when installing a hardwood floor.
To complete the installation of the first row, you must fasten the boards that are used in your first row. To do so, use 2 inch (50mm) finishing nails and a nail punch. Don’t forget to hide the nails using wood putty.
You should also insert spacers between the boards in the first row and the wall, to leave extra space if the wood starts dilating when the weather is hot and humid. Your baseboards will hide this extra space.
If you want to know more about renovating your house with the intent of selling it, check out our article Renovation projects that will increase the value of your house.
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