Improving your household with wood flooring can be a disheartening job, I know I just put in my own hardwood floor. When I chose to finish my floors, I was overpowered with the thought of putting in the floor on my own. But in the real feeling of Diy, I did and here’s just what I did so you don’t have to be crippled the way I was.
First Of All I had to choose the tone of wood I wanted for my hard wood floors. There is also the breadth of each plank, the wood plank grain, and the border – how the wood flooring plank goes with the next plank.
Now all of these considerations come together to make either a courtly or casual area. The wider the wood flooring plank, the more informal the feeling and the more tightly the wood flooring is separated, the more elegant the area will look. Sloped edges also add the impression of elegance in an elegant area.
After you’ve got that down, you want to settle on the type of wood flooring plank for your floors. Oak and pine are the 2 most usual types of wood flooring. You can’t fail with either one. For something a little atypical you can try cherry hardwood flooring. The gloss deepens over time and use into a deep patina, in the proper house this result would be breathtaking. Another sought after type is bamboo wood flooring. Bamboo is very sturdy and has a compressed grain which appears very symmetrical and even.
Wood flooring in hand, take it directly into your home and let it sit and climatize. This is crucial, permitting the wood to adapt to your house’s moisture levels means a longer lasting installation. While this is taking place, put some kind of water/moisture guard on your floor; such as a good felt underlayment. Now you’re ready to start the installation.
Make sure to allow a 1/4 inch between your boards and the wall, this is for growth and will be buried by your baseboard. I almost always set out a few planks prior to nailing. Start with your broadest and longest boards, you’ll build out from these. Before nailing an adjacent row, rap the row with a rubber mallet to make sure it is good and tight with the adjacent row or you will have a break in your wood plank floor. Another expert guideline is to keep the end joints in abutting rows at least SIX inches from one another.
If you’re using a flooring mallet be careful. The mallet will unquestionably help you put in your floor quicker but if you’re not careful you can easily break up or even crush the wood planks. If you do that you have to poke the nails out and junk the board. Also keep an eye on what you wear on your feet. I had drag marks all over my new wooden floor before I had even finished installing it because of the work boots I had on.
Once you reach the end row, you need to use a pry bar to wedge the rows tightly together. Once nailed, you’re finished! Brand new wood flooring for you to love and to heighten the value of your household. Now you can get coordinated reducer strips for space doorways to make your wooden flooring blend effortlessly with the rest of your household.
Hard wood flooring is easy to maintain and the following guidelines should help homeowners to ensure the beauty and longevity of their hard wood flooring.
- The flooring must be swept and vacuumed regularly to prevent the accumulation of dust that may scratch the finish
- Doormats and rugs at entrances prevent sand particles from abrading the hardwood flooring
- Furniture and chairs should have padding on the legs in order to prevent scratching the floor while dragging/moving furniture
- The dimensions of hardwood flooring are liable to change with humidity; a relative humidity of around 45% should be maintained all year round
- A rug or mat should be placed in front of workstations, wash basins, kitchen sinks in order to prevent scratching and staining from utensils, detergents, and water
- Hard wood flooring should be protected from direct light, whether natural or artificial. Intense direct light can lead to discoloration of the floor
Hard wood flooring can be treated with surface finishes that lend it a gloss, increase resilience, and make it water-resistant. The finishes consist of urethane’s and polyurethanes. Hard wood flooring with a surface finish does not require waxing.
Wax finishes penetrate the cells of the wood flooring and offer a low-gloss finish. Periodic buffing helps to restore the sheen of wax-finished floors. Hard wood flooring used in areas of high traffic such as stores and restaurants are impregnated with acrylic finishes that increase its hardness and durability.