Hardwood floor installation DIY instructions are readily available at many online websites. They often make it seem very easy to install a hardwood floor, but some DIYers are discovering that it is not as easy as it may seem. The professionals on television programs who demonstrate how to install the floors have probably installed many others before, so it is easy for them to do. If you have had some DIY success, you may well be able to pull off this job. This warning is not to discourage you from doing the DIY project, but is only meant to inform you that it is often a difficult task. Some professionals estimate that only one out of four DIY jobs is professional-looking when completed. Your DIY floor might very well be the one that looks great!
You may be planning to lay your new hardwood flooring in one weekend. If you are working in a very small room, this might be possible, but you may want to plan on more time for the job. You will need to do some planning before you begin. The biggest decision you will need to make is what type of flooring you want to lay in your room. There are two types of hardwood floors that most DIYers install – pre-finished and unfinished floor. Pre-finished floors do not require sanding and finishing, but experts say that installing unfinished floors that you sand and finish yourself are far more beautiful than those already finished. You will also need to decide the width of the wooden strips to use for your floor. Narrow floors strips are beautiful, but installing two and one-fourth strips takes twice as long as installing five inch strips. It is recommended that amateurs stay away from parquet designs and glue down floors because they often end up in disastrous endings.
There are tools that you will need to complete your job, such as a hand saw, chalk line, carpenters square, hammer, tape measure, broom, utility knife, knee pads, and pencils. You will also need to get a pneumatic nailer that rents for about $35 a day for a professional look. Mitre saws and table saws and other larger power tools are available to rent for around $130 per week. You may also want to look for a Japanese pull saw to raise door jambs so that your new flooring will not be too high to fit the door properly. Other materials include anything that you need to fix, clean, or repair the subfloor before you cover it with Rosin paper.
Fixing your subfloor before you begin to lay out your new hardwood floor is one of the most important steps for a hardwood floor installation DIY. It is imperative that the subfloor be free from all dirt, small pieces of wood and other materials. If it is not, your new floor will probably squeak as the boards rub together. After the floor is absolutely clean and in the best condition, you will cover it with the Rosin paper.
The next step, after buying your materials, is to lay out the floor to see how it will look before nailing it in place. Even experts usually take this step to ensure that the floor will look good. Experts also recommend buying around 30 percent more wood planks than you think you will need to allow for mistakes. If you go back to buy more wood, there is a chance that it will be from a different lot of wood and may not match properly. The most important board that you lay down for your floor is the very first one. Take extra care to be sure that it is situated correctly, exactly where you want it to be. This will increase your chances that the rest of the boards will also be aligned and fit properly for a new beautiful floor.