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.
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
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.