Wood Flooring Installation Tips
Installing Solid wood flooring is well known for being fairly difficult to install, but in actual fact it isn't nearly as scary as hearsay would have you believe. If your up for a bit of DIY and fancy tackling your solid wood flooring installation head-on and then good on you! Here are a few top tips to bear in mind before you get started:
- Always let your floorboards acclimatise for at least 72 hours before you install them in the room they are going to be laid in. This is essential even for laminate flooring, but it's more important when you're dealing with solid wood. Wood flooring is basically alive, and it will continue to contract and expand even after it's been nailed down.
- Check all of your boards and discard any that appear to be warped or damaged. We always do our best here at Floor Depot, and 99.9% of our products are of the absolute highest quality, but on some occassions a poor quality bit of wood will slip through, you don't want that wood to be part of your floor.
- Ensure your sub-floor is prepared. Concrete sub-floors should have moisture levels of less than or equal to 4%, and wooden underfloors should have no protruding nails or screw heads.
- Remember your underlay! Damp proof membrane (DPM) is essential here - you don't want your floor to be ruined by damp and moisture!
- It's probably wise to have a practice first, laying the boards out without fixing them down. Check that you've got enough flooring to cover the entire room, and make sure you're not going to have narrow, unsightly gaps at the edge of the room - if this should happen, simply cut a small piece from the first board you laid to equal it out at the other end.
- Think carefully about how you're fixing your floor down. We recommend nailing it down, although this is not possible if you're installing on concrete, in which case glues and adhesives is the next best option.
This isn't a full guide on how to install your solid wood floor - and if you're still not sure about how to install wood flooring, it might be best to get in touch with our flooring experts and ask for further advice. Still, if you're fairly confident, why not give it a go?