When it comes to hardwood floor installation, there are many decisions to be made before the property owner can enjoy their wonderful new flooring that will last for many years to come. It all begins with the decision to use hardwood in the first place and continues down through the installation process to the final finishes and sealants. The most experienced and knowledgeable hardwood flooring installer can guide the homeowner through this process step-by-step.
The first step is the removal of the old floor and preparation of the sub flooring to accept the new hardwood securely. Unless there is a perfect sub floor in place, the hardwood floor installer will create one and nail it down in securely, so you won’t experience squeaky or creaky floors in the future.
The measurements used to construct sub floors are now used for ordering the appropriate lengths of hardwood floor material. The homeowner should have already chosen what variety of wood he or she wanted. There are both rustic and better grades depending on the number of knots or imperfections allowed. The hardwood flooring installer can put in either unfinished or pre-finished boards.
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The hardwood floor installation process continues by cutting the boards to the appropriate lengths, starting in the center and working out toward the edges of the room and fixing the boards in a place using one of three methods.
A floating hardwood floor is not nailed or stapled to the subfloor at all. Instead, a thin mat is put on top of the subfloor and the boards are laid on top of it. These tongue and groove boards are attached to each other with appropriate glue and then just float on top of the mat. This method works fine when there are long boards involved and is intended to stop any potential squeaking that may occur at the point of contact.
Most hardwood flooring installers use nails or staples to attach the flooring to the sub floor beneath. Both manufactured and natural hardwood are laid out row by row and a nail gun or industrial staple gun is used to connect each to the sub floor. The decision to use either nails or staples depends primarily on the thickness of the wood. Three-quarter inch or thicker boards will require approximately 2 inch nails, while thinner boards can be attached well with staples. Some hardwood floor installation, such as the short-engineered boards and patterned floors like parquet, is done with glue instead.
After the hardwood flooring installers are done securing all the boards to the floor, the whole thing can be finished with the stain and sealant to keep it protected for its very long life. Christian Brothers Hardwood Floors specializes in just that. This family-owned business of hardwood floor installation experts help homeowners choose the proper flooring for every room in the house or take their vision and dream and turn it into reality.