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Top tips for Installing Wood Flooring

Wood Flooring

A new wooden floor can easily amp up the whole look of your room. But, if you are thinking to do this transformation yourself, you will require a lot of tools and patience. Installing wooden flooring is a job for the professionals, but if you do not have access to one, follow these tips and make it look like it was done by a professional.

Choose your wooden floor carefully

There are different types of hardwood flooring available, find the one which suits you the best. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of different flooring pattern, wood types and other finishes. Think about the wood itself, if you are looking for solid hardwood or an engineered Hardwood. Depending on your choice, you need to decide on your next course of action. Also, keep in mind the room, as oak wood is better if you have a very crowded room and if a room is rarely visited walnut is the way to go.

wooden floor

Allow the floor to adapt to its surrounding

As hardwood is a natural product, there is a chance that when it is in a certain space, it can expand or contract. Before installing, make sure that you give the wood enough time to rest, this will reduce the damage done to the wood flooring. A general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to resting your wood is seven days for solid wood flooring and 72 hours for the engineered wood flooring.

Prepare your subfloor

This is a very important step to follow if you are not looking to damage the hardwood flooring after installation. You need to look if the subfloor is flat, level, clean and dry before installation. Use a spirit leveller to ensure the subfloor is flat, check the moisture content with the help of a moisture meter, clean the subfloor before any installation.

Read the floor

Simple details in hardwood flooring is important and cannot be missed. It is important that you read the movement of the wood. This step is hard to carry as only professional can speak about the changes a wood might go through. If you are still unaware, talk to an expert and learn more.

Use the right equipment

right equipment

The right equipment makes all the difference when you are set with a mammoth task like installing a hardwood floor. Make sure that you have the right glue, the moisture meters, underlays, nails, etc. Before you go ahead with the project, understand the way it needs to be fitted and the pieces of equipment that you require.

Install the wood in the right direction

The direction you want the wood to be facing is entirely up to you. It is worth thinking about the design you want which can make the whole room pop. Find the right direction which will highlight the natural beauty of the room while making sure the flooring is sitting perfectly while providing the strength.

Painting Secrets The Pros Won’t Tell You

Painting Secrets

A home makeover is incomplete without painting. Painting is one thing that people prefer doing themselves. There is a lot you need to know before you go ahead painting you home wall. Here are some pro tips that professionals follow to give your house a polished look.

Cover the floor

Before you even open the cans of paint, it is important that you cover your floor. No matter how professional you are splattering of paint is unavoidable. Start by covering all the furniture and floors with papers or plastic, do not use a cloth as there is a chance that the paint might seep through.

 

Good Quality tools

Good quality tools make sure that you have a clean canvas and brushed, which can make your job easier. Invest in tools which will allow you to save some money in the longer run. Pro-tip is to buy tools from reputable stores which will ensure that you job is done to perfection.

Sand the flaws away

Before you start to paint methodical sanding is one way to create a smooth surface. Smoothing a surface is like priming the wall and sanding is one way which allows you to produce the magically airbrushed look.  This will make sure that any rough patches are removed. You can also sponge the walls to give it a   glossy finish. Check the curves and cracks while sanding as something the wrong method can accentuate them.  Sanding is also recommended after priming to remove any kind of gloss that might be left behind or smooth out any imperfection.

Prime

Behind every beautifully painted wall is a primer which allowed the wall to have a strong base. Priming is one way to bring a smooth surface to the wall which allows the colour to be distributed evenly. You can also use a tinted primer which is a great way to bring out darker colours which can transform the whole room with different lights.

Mend the gaps

Mend the gaps

While prepping your wall, make sure that you do not sand excessively. This can cause the caulking to crack. The cracks can lead to a very horrendous appearance when the painting is done. For a flawless finish, make sure that you caulk some more to make the seams to go away. This is one way to give yourself a smooth surface to paint on.

Trim takes precedence over walls

There are many professionals who prefer painting the walls and trimming later because it provides ease of use. This is one way which will allow you to have better coverage. All you have to do is make long strokes to cover the wall. Start from the trim, and you will end up consuming less time taking off the trim after the whole project is done.