When installing hardwood floors yourself in your house, you need not only knowledge and experience working with wood, but also courage. Therefore, there are not many homeowners who would be willing to take on this work without professional support. In fact, hardwood installation is not such a difficult job; you only need to plan your work.
There are different types of homeowners who are interested in installing hardwood floors by themselves. Apart from the desire to save money on installation, they still want to build their skills, try their hand at a new profession, and gain self-esteem. Of course, every homeowner can save a half (sometimes more) of their investments on floor installation. It is also very important that the whole family be ready to suffer inconveniences during the home renovation.
Before you start your hardwood installation, you need to prepare a full plan of action. It is foolish to start working without any preparation and using only your emotions. This can be costly to you instead of saving you money.
Carefully review your subfloor. What is it made of? Cement? Wood? Determine what kind of wood you would like to have in your house – maple, oak, birch, walnut, cherry and so on. Why? Next, determine the type of hardwood you would like to install. Is this a solid wood or engineer floor?
Only after you have answered all the previous questions, can you can decide which method you choose for installation – nail down, glue down or set your floor as a floating floor. You must also select the appropriate tools.
Your future floor will serve you much longer if you level it well. Your installation will be much more successful when you put material on a perfectly flat surface. If you’re not going to hire a specialist to make the subfloor level, then learn how you can do it yourself. To do this, read books and watch videos.
The two most important things in hardwood floor installation are the beginning and end. Walk around the entire area where you are going to install the hardwood, and decide where and how you will start and where and how you will finish.
Before the installation, try to mentally establish the material on each square foot of your floor. Think about the angles, storage rooms, and hallways. Imagine how you will finish the installation in one room and how you will transition to another room. Use transitions only where the hardwood connects with another type of flooring such as carpet, tile, vinyl, or linoleum. And the last piece of advice: Never start installation until you are sure to finish it. If you have even a small doubt, move this work to a later time, or hire a professional installer.