Laying the sub-flooring is the first step in a hardwood floor installation. Sub-flooring is used for smoother floors and insulation. Many sub-flooring options are available because there are so many floor types. You can refer to your instructions to determine the type of subflooring that you should purchase. The instructions for installing hardwood flooring include a list of tools and instructions.
Sub-flooring must be cut to size and attached to the floor. To support hardwood floors, a good sub-flooring material should be about a third to a quarter of an inch thick. This acts as an insulation layer and is used underlayment. To correct uneven floor surfaces, joint compound may be applied to it. It is important to allow the floor to dry completely before you start laying hardwood. Before you start to lay hardwood, be sure to clean and inspect the subflooring.
A hammer, spacers and a saw are the main tools that you’ll need to get started. You can cut the flooring to the required length using these tools. The boards will be attached to the floor. Any gaps between boards can also be fixed to the floor. To mark the area to be covered, you will use the chalk line.
Installing your Hardwood Floor
Laying a hardwood floor is most difficult when you are only laying three rows. Use your level or an “L-square” to check for straightness. You can keep everything together by using straps or clamps. Your tapping block and hammer might be needed to ensure the tongue and groove joints are tightly fitted together. You can do this by placing the block on the floor’s edge and lightly tapping the block with the hammer. Do not try to glue things together that do not fit.
To ensure stability, glue should be applied to each joint at the edges. Use only enough glue. You should not use too much glue as it can squeeze through joints and cause damage to the floor’s finish. Before you glue a piece, make sure to test it.
As you approach the end of your project you will no longer be able to use the tapping block or hammer. Instead, use the pulling tool to move the floor. You should be cautious when you lay down your tools on pre-finished flooring. Use a soft rag to place them on the flooring.