The difficulty level of how to install hardwood floors will be different for different people. This is because very person have different skills during the process installation. However, still, there are some common problems happen that most people think they are difficult such as leveling the subfloor, baseboard and shoe molding. Here are some steps to install hardwood floors correctly to get your desire result.
Before starting the step of how to install hardwood floors, put down the subfloor is the first thing you have to do. You can use either plywood or OSB as the subfloor. Before installing the subfloors, make sure that it is level, which means that there are no rises and falls more than 3/16 over a 6 foot span. If the subfloor is not level and high in a shingle, you can pull it up and plane the crowning joist to level the floor, but if it is low, you can pull it up and shim the floor. You can start install the hardwood floors using a long plank and pre drilling holes. Nails the first row and fill the holes with wood putty. Go to the next row from the same end, but offset the ends. Remember that you don’t be allowed to install shorter than 6 inches. The second to the last row should be secured with 6d finish nails. Mark the planks and cut any obstructions or vents to make them fit. Leave a gap between the hardwood flooring to give it a space for expanding. Now, you can install the last row with the same way as the first row. Leave a space of 3/8 inch for expansion.
Installing your own hardwood floors give you more opportunity to have an affordable remodeling idea for your home. So learn how to install hardwood floors can be very beneficial.
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