Because it gives you very visible results and requires a minimum of carpentry expertise, wood flooring installation can be a great do it yourself project. Especially if you can recruit a willing partner to help you, setting aside a weekend will give you ample time to complete all new wood flooring installation in a room of your home.
The key to successfully laying down wood floor is planning. By keeping your plans a few steps ahead of your labor, you can save yourself a lot of time and end up with perfect results, so although you may be itching to get out your hammer, make sure that you allot enough hours for shopping and marking the layout of your panels.
To prepare for your wood flooring installation project, it is crucial to start with the right base surface. If you are not putting down boards onto the right kind of subfloor, no amount of expert craftsmanship can give you the results that you are after, so make sure that you start off on the right foot. Some flooring manufacturers create underlayments that are specially designed to complement their wood floors, which can take a lot of the guesswork and hassle out of preparing your subfloor.
Whether you opt for one of the pre-packaged combinations of subfloor and flooring or not, do your research and make sure that the wood boards you have chosen for the top surface of your floor are a good match with your underlayment. If you do not have a strong construction background, it is usually a good idea to have a professional team in to sand and fill your subfloor to a perfect level before you get started.
Once your subfloor is ready, it is time to start the layout and marking process that will determine where you place your boards. It is a good idea to start laying out your wood flooring installation plan around the area that you will be seeing the most often so that you can be sure that the most visible area of your room will have the most attractive part of your floor.
If the room you are installing a floor in has a fireplace, start your layout planning around the hearth. If you are using any borders or other decorative elements, lay these down first. The eye will be drawn to these focal points, so any asymmetry or other visual inconsistencies in your floor boards will really stand out. It is important to take care at all stages of your installation project, but it is most crucial not to compromise when you are laying out these design elements.