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Installing hardwood floors is a great way to transform any room. Hardwood is a stylish and extremely durable flooring option for just about any room in a home. This article will explain the installation process of prefabricated products.
Getting the Right Product
You can easily install your hardwood floor on your own with minimal power tools, but only if you buy the right product. Some hardwood flooring products need to be installed by professionals. Many prefabricated hardwood floors are sold over the counter at home improvement retail stores. These are the floors that are the easiest to assemble and install on your own. They are sold in packs of anywhere from 6 to 12 planks. The planes are usually 8-10' long and 4-12" wide. Look for the square footage coverage on the pack and take measurements of your property to see how many you will need. It is always a good idea to buy at least one extra pack because you are bound to waste some wood when it comes to cutting along the edges and walls.
Laying the Floor
Prefabricated hardwood flooring systems are made with a simple tongue and groove system. You simply attach each piece to each other with the tongue and groove, so you do not need to use screws or glue. However, the planks do not just snap into place. You will need to use a rubber mallet to knock the pieces together. Start with the tongue side facing the wall, then align the tongue of the next piece with it. Lay both pieces perfectly flat on the floor. Try to push the tongue into the groove as much as possible, then come along with a rubber mallet and knock it until it is tight. Be sure that you are only knocking on the groove side of the plank. Knocking the tongue side could ruin the plank.
The hardwood will cover your floor very quickly once you start the installation. The hardest part is cutting the pieces to length. However, if you own or rent a simple miter saw, you can make short work of most cuts. It might get slightly more tricky if you have angled or rounded walls. With a compound miter saw you can easily make the mitered cuts.
After the floor is installed, you are basically done because prefabricated floors already have a laminated finish. Your new floor will be ready to endure everyday wear and tear. Enjoy it! If you run into trouble, or would like a professional to install your floor, call a professional like MD Walk On Wood Floors.