Sunday Morning Tip for Jan 10: Tips for Installing Wood Floors in Your Home

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Jan 10:</span> Tips for Installing Wood Floors in Your Home
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    When it comes to beautifying your home, nothing can quite match the classic elegance of wood floors.

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To ensure that this beauty lasts for a long time, it’s important to perform the installation process carefully and correctly so that your mistakes don’t end in a shortened lifespan for your floors.

With these tips in your back pocket, though, you’ll be a floor-installing pro in no time. Start strong with a subfloor in good condition, know your materials, keep your seams straight, take your time, and work to maintain the look.

By following these tips, you will be able to install hardwood floors properly.

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Start Strong

In order to prevent warping, bowing, rotting, and a host of other problems, your subfloor needs to be in good condition. The subfloor must be level and shouldn’t have any concentrated areas of moisture.

For wood subfloors, you’ll also want to make sure that the plywood is in good condition and isn’t suffering from rot. If you find any problems, it’s important to correct them before proceeding. By starting strong, you will be able to ensure that any problems with the installation can be fixed easily.

Know Your Materials

Although there are countless color options when you install wood floors, there are only two basic types of wood floors: solid hardwood and engineered wood floors.

While solid hardwood floors have a certain prestige to them, the impressive qualities of engineered oak floors make them incredibly useful for a variety of situations. No matter which type of flooring you choose, it’s important to buy more than you think you’ll need to account for any mistakes that you make.

Line ‘Em Up

When compared to the walls in your home, you want the seams between the different boards to be perfectly straight. The only way to do that is to make sure that your first row of boards is perfectly straight.

If the walls in your room aren’t square, getting this first row right could take some time. However, starting with a first row that’s straight will make the rest of your installation easier.

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Take Your Time

At some point during the installation process, you’re going to need to make some cuts. Whether you have to cut some boards to the proper length, or you need to miter some boards to fit around a bookcase or fireplace, there’s bound to be some cutting involved at some point.

When performing these cuts, it pays to take your time and measure carefully so that the boards line up with the edges of your room with no gaps. This will create a professional look that you can enjoy for a long time.

Maintain the Look

Once your hardwood floors have been installed, you’ll want to make sure to properly maintain them. The good news is that if you choose engineered wood floors, your maintenance tasks will be far less time-consuming. Either way, though, proper maintenance is the most important part of protecting your investment long-term.

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