Basics of hardwood flooring installation
Hardwood flooring is an outstanding addition to a home. It is warm, inviting, timeless and visually appealing. Hardwood will vastly improve the look of your home. Though, it first needs to be installed properly. Certain hardwood flooring installations can be done on your own; however, it is highly recommended you seek out a credible installation company in Flower Mound, TX to ensure precise, mistake-free installation. Here is an overview to help you understand the hardwood flooring installation process:
- Safety: goggles, dust mask, ear plugs/muffs
- Electrical Testers
- Wood Moisture Meter
- Tape Measure
- Nail Guns
- Drills with drill bits
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As you can see, hardwood flooring installation requires a mass of tools. Some tools are basic, but others call for experienced users. If you do not have and/or are not comfortable using each of those tools then you should not try DIY installation.
Tongue-and-groove installation is common among professional installers. In this system, each plank has a groove on one side and a tongue on the other. Ultimately, opposing sides of planks connect, like a puzzle or a set of batteries. Though, it’s not as simple as a puzzle. Each connection will have to be nudged by a hammer or mallet. The idea is of course to secure each plank. Tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring installation is generally the best system to go with.
The final method of security can be executed via nail-down, glue-down or floating. Nail down is the ideal method. It is the method the experts use, especially for a fine material such as hardwood. Floating is better for faux hardwood, such as laminate or vinyl. And glue-down is actually not recommended at all for hardwood floors.
Finishing, Buffing & Sanding
At the end of hardwood flooring installation, the floor needs to be finished, buffed and sanded. These processes will give your hardwood floor the gloss and glow that truly creates an elegant appeal. This type of floor will scratch over time. No matter how careful you are with it, scratching is unavoidable throughout a hardwood floor’s lifetime. The good news is hardwood floors can be refinished many times. Therefore, anytime you feel your floor has lost its appeal, have a professional come out and refinish it. The same goes for sanding and buffing. Typically, a hardwood floor should be buffed every three-to-five years to maintain its quality. The important part is getting your floor’s life off to a good start!
Hardwood flooring installation is meticulous and finite. Any little mistake will show. That is why you should rely on a qualified installation company in Flower Mound, TX. Pro Flooring qualifies! We’ve been in the business of installing all types of floors for a long time. Our experts know hardwood floors like the back of their hand!
If you are pondering hardwood as a floor type then give us a call at (972) 497-1130. And, of course, we can help you with installation as well. If you would like more insight on flooring types, please visit our blog.