Here is a simple guide for installing wood floors. But before that, you must know that there are two kinds of wood floors that are installed in homes – the more expensive solid wood floors and the engineered wood floors. Solid wood floors are hardwood, while the engineered wood floors are usually thin sheets such as those of plywood which are glued together and impregnated with laminates. On comparing the two, you will find that solid wood floors are more difficult to install and need more precision. Engineered wood floors can be easily installed because they are usually cut to uniform sizes. They can also withstand more moisture in the floor because of the laminate protection they are given.
Installation of the solid and the engineered wood flooring follows the same lines, though solid wood flooring installation will require more effort and calculation. These are the steps involved in the installation.
Preparing the Surface
You will have to begin by removing any fixtures that might hinder the installation of the wood floor, such as molding strips on the walls. Uninstall the carpet if any, and look for jutting nails underneath. If there are, use an implement to remove them. Sweep off the floor very carefully to remove any debris. Check the moisture level of the floor.
Checking out the Boards
Open the package in which the boards came in and check them one by one. You have to check their edges especially. Pile the best boards together and keep the slightly defective ones aside. We will use them too, but in discreet places.
Laying the First Two Rows
Use the best boards for the first two rows because this will make further installations more precise. Choose a side wall to lay your first rows; these will give you a clear running length for the installation. Begin by cutting two boards together, at different lengths, so that the floor gets a random appearance. Take one of these boards and place in a corner along the wall you have chosen. Once it is in place, fit the next board lengthwise. Keep shuffling it to the wall as much as possible so that there are no interspaces between the boards. Go on till the end of the wall. You may have to cut the last board of the wall to fit in.
When the first row is laid, angle nail it into place using a pneumatic nailer. The nails should be 4 to 8 inches apart. With that row secured, begin the second row, using the board that you cut at a different length along with the first. Follow the same procedure.
Laying Subsequent Rows
With the first two rows done, you get sufficient area to fit in the other rows. You can use the slightly defective boards where you can, taking care that the defective ends don’t become too apparent. Don’t forget to keep nailing the boards as each rows are laid.
1.Use a craft paper as an underlayer to make the installation simpler.
2.When working around fireplaces, put a boundary first. You may have to glue its underside for better traction.
3.When the installation is done, cover all blemishes with same color putty. You will not have to use putty on engineered floors because they already have good finishes. www.mckayflooring.co.uk