Installing Hardwood Flooring Planks: How to Get the Job Done

Posted on: 24 June 2020

Hardwood flooring looks beautiful in any home They are timeless, and age can only add beauty to them. Hardwood floors were commonly seen in a lot of homes because of how long-lasting they are, which is why some people find this type of flooring beneath the carpeting in their homes. If you are considering adding hardwood floors to your home, this is something you can do on your own with the right tools, or you can leave it to a professional flooring installer. If you are up to the task of installing the hardwood floors yourself, read on for tips to get the job done.

Tools You Need for the Job:

  • Hardwood floor planks
  • Table saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Rubber mallet
  • Brad nailer or staple gun
  • Underlayment

Instructions:

  1. To start, make sure you have enough of the hardwood floor planks that you need for the job. The last thing you want it to purchase only half of the planks you need, install what you have, and then realize you can no longer find the same planks you purchased before. Measure the room you are working in and make sure you have enough wood to cover the square footage, plus extra just in case you make a mistake in cutting.
  2. Next, you're going to want to lay the underlayment beneath your hardwood flooring planks. This can be anything from padding to thick paper. It helps serve as a barrier between the sub-floor and the flooring to help minimize sounds and squeaking that could occur with hardwood flooring.
  3. Once you have your underlayment laid and you have the right amount of hardwood flooring planks, you can begin laying your hardwood flooring planks.
  4. Start at one end of the room and begin laying out the floor planks, working from one end of the room to the other. Get the first row as close to your wall as possible. Then begin on the next row. You'll want to measure out from the wall to stagger your planks so you don't have them looking too uniform. You can lay them out in your next row to see how you want them to be before cutting them down to size. 
  5. Once you figure out how you want them laid out, you can begin making cuts after measuring. Use the rubber mallet to get the planks as close to the first row as possible. Nail or staple the next row into place on the side of the plank so as to not mar the face of the plank. Continue doing this until you get to your last row.
  6. The last row may need to be cut in half depending on how much room you have between the final row and the wall. Measure carefully and cut the pieces to fit in the space. With the last row, you will need to staple or nail on the face of the wood but do so close to the wall so the trim may cover the staples or nails.

If you are considering installing hardwood floor planks in your home, you could hire a professional to install the flooring planks for you. This can be a lot of work, especially if you are doing it all by yourself. No matter who installs it, hardwood flooring can add timeless beauty to your home.

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