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Preparing for Hardwood Floor Installation

Preparing for Hardwood Floor Installation By Jane Smallman
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

If you want to enjoy the beauty and benefits of a hardwood floor in your home, the likelihood is that you will have to install it yourself, since most homes today are built with concrete sub floors with carpet laid directly on top.

There are many hardwood floor installation companies who could do this for you, but if you prefer to do the project yourself, there are some basic guidelines you should know.

Follow these essential steps to ensure that your new hardwood floor turns out perfectly and that the installation process is painless and problem-free:

Hardwood Floor Installation

  • Check that your sub floor is not damp, damaged or bumpy. If it is, take appropriate steps to cure these problems before laying your hardwood floor.
  • Find out if your hardwood floor needs a special underlay; fit this where necessary.
  • Let the new wood acclimatize, before installing your hardwood floor by opening the packages and letting it breathe for a few days.
  • Decide where you are going to begin, then draw a chalk line to serve as a reference point; this will ensure that the first row of boards will be straight.
  • Lay out a section of boards, before permanently applying the boards, to make sure that that they fit together properly, and the joints are at least 12 inches apart.
  • Nail, glue or press the boards together according the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Complete the finishing touches by filling any visible nail holes with putty and cleaning or polishing with an appropriate hardwood floor product.
By following these simple pointers you could soon be enjoying the beauty and durability of a new hardwood floor in your home.

About the Author
Jane Smallman runs a mountain guiding business with her husband. Her early training was in hotel management and she has worked in the hotel industry in France, Holland, the US and the UK. Following this she worked in an administrative capacity for a number of not-for-profit organizations in the UK, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Refugee Legal Centre. While doing this she earned a degree in Social Sciences through distance learning with the Open University. After graduation she progressed to the University of Sussex as a full-time student where she was awarded a Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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