Installing hardwood flooring within your house can really transform the way your living area looks. With so many different kinds available, hardwood flooring installation is quite customizable to fit into any style of house. If you have a colonial style house, for instance, you might choose to use something like shag, cedar or some other sort of country look. But if you have a sleek contemporary house, you may decide to go with something like bamboo, maple or walnut flooring.
Another great reason to go with hardwood flooring is that installing it yourself is cheaper than installing an underlayment. Typically, an underlayment is sold separately from the flooring. This is because you need to figure out where to place the subfloor and where to install the underneath. If you’re installing the floor by yourself, you can skip all of this work and save money. However, if you’re not experienced with laying a floor, installing it by yourself can get very complicated, especially for something as large as a hardwood floor.
Many people are intimidated by installing hardwood planks themselves. They worry that they won’t be able to do a professional job, that the wood will come out cracked or uneven and that they will end up with a weak product. But the truth is, these things are actually quite easy to do. In fact, there are many books and online sources on how to install a quality set of hardwood planks.
Although you don’t have to use nails and screws in installing hardwood flooring, you might want to consider some sort of fastening methods for the first few installations. One great option is to use a glue that adheres to the wood floor rather than embedding it into the plank. Glue down laminated wood flooring and you won’t even see a nail hole the next day. You can also try epoxy glue, which bonds with the wood planks much more naturally and will not leave a nail hole or seam exposed.
There are also different types of flooring installation instructions for various situations. For instance, there are installation instructions for installing a wood floor in a moist environment, such as in a basement. There are also installation instructions that recommend applying a water based penetrating concrete sealer to help seal the subfloor against moisture. On the other hand, there are no instructions on how to install wood flooring that’s exposed to high levels of relative humidity. This is actually a pretty tough job and one that requires the expertise of a professional.
One other type of installation method that you might want to consider is using hidden nailing. The theory behind this is that you can leave tiny holes in the hardwood that’s installed but keep little pieces of nail head visible so you can saw through them later. The idea is that if you do damage to the hardwood while doing the nailing, you’ll have a little more time repairing the piece before doing another application of wood sealer. Keep in mind though that you need to use a bit of wood glue to keep the nails in place and the holes in the wood hidden. If you get caught up with the nailing, you can always sand the piece down until you smooth out the nail holes.