Hardwood floors are a beautiful way to decorate any home. They add a touch of elegance to any home, whether new or old. There are several reasons why wood flooring is such a great choice for your home, and there are also numerous different types of wood to choose from. Before you start your search for hardwood flooring, it is important to know what kind of wood is best suited for your home. This will help ensure that the flooring you choose will fit well with your current decor.
This type of wood flooring provides durability and low maintenance since it is highly resistant to moisture, stains, and dents. It is also very easy to clean, which makes this a good choice for families with children or pets who might spill food or liquids on the flooring. Because it is able to withstand moisture, you can also rest assured that your hardwood floor will not become damaged by spills and other messes.
One benefit of solid hardwood floors is that they are easy to install. You do not have to remove the existing subfloor before you can install the new one. This makes solid hardwood floors great for people who need to do extensive remodeling on their home. By removing the existing subfloor, you also keep the possibility of moisture seeping into the room from the old subfloor.
Solid hardwood floorings are also durable because they are not susceptible to dents and dings that can occur from traffic accidents or even pets. Unlike laminate or vinyl flooring, solid hardwood does not crack or split with pressure or constant walking on it. While laminate and vinyl floors do experience slight discoloration and wear and tear with continuous use, they are far less durable than solid wood. These types of floors also have very small gaps between the planks of wood, making walking through these small spaces somewhat of a challenge.
Some of the benefits of installing solid floor over hardwood floors is that solid wood can be installed over time with just a simple patch. No matter what type of foot traffic the room gets, the installation of a wood floor can be completed in no time. A common problem people experience when installing a solid hardwood floor is the presence of dust or debris beneath the sub floor. When this happens, it can often cause the subfloor to become slightly uneven and require a bit more attention than expected. Even though an uneven sub floor may be perfectly fine for regular use, if it has been frequently used for storage of heavy items such as old furniture or appliances that take up quite a bit of floor space, it could present an issue when people are trying to slide or push heavy objects over it.
To avoid this problem it is very important to pre-plan the installation of the hardwood floor using the proper methods and equipment. The most important factor in the installation process is the leveling of the boards by simply tracing around the entire board using a straight board as a guide. Once the board is traced, remove one end of the board so that you can lay it flat on the floor. The reason you need to remove the board is that the wood will swell during the installation process, therefore it is necessary to have it off to allow for the expansion.
Lay the hardwood flooring boards horizontally to their right angles, then the boards’ cross-sections will need to be marked with the exact lengths that you want to achieve when installing. Marking the angles on the board helps you make sure that the boards are straight as you go through the installation process. Once the boards are marked, the next step is to install the baseboards. This step involves installing the actual baseboard, then the top layer of hardwood flooring will be attached to the baseboard and then the top coat will be applied to complete the installation.
The most effective way of getting a good installation is by using the Cupping method. With this method, the actual baseboard is first covered in a plastic sheet to ensure complete protection from moisture and dust. The boards are then fastened together using stainless steel screws or nails and then the entire unit is installed in a place like a solid block. After Cupping, the entire floor surface is left exposed for moisture to evaporate easily and evenly throughout.
It’s also important to note that dry hardwood floor installation is different from installing solid floors. Although you can actually install the material right over the existing floor surface, you should first use an adhesive to fasten the units together at the baseboards. To prepare the floor, you need to sweep away any debris and dust on the ground level. This will help ensure that the moisture barrier doesn’t just collapse in place. If the adhesive still seems to be struggling to hold the units together, then you may need to use some filler first to make sure the floor is properly attached.