Hardwood Floor Installation
There are a few things to consider when it’s time for new hardwood floor installation in your home. Perhaps you are replacing old tile, or the existing hardwood floor is in advanced stages of decay and cannot be refinished. Your first decision is what type of flooring material to use. Hardwood comes in a few varieties:
- Engineered or compressed planks: A bunch of skinny pieces of hardwood are laminated together. This contrasts with laminate flooring, as laminate flooring has no actual wood in its pieces. These boards are either glued or floated when installed.
- Strips: A common board is nailed or stapled into the floor. Strips come in a variety of depths or thicknesses.
- Planks: Planks are cut into different widths allowing customers to choose the size they want. Planks are also typically nailed.
- Slats: Custom-cut boards are pieced together into specific patterns. Slats are also called parquet.
A new hardwood floor install should always be on a subfloor. If the floor is being installed in the midst of other remodeling or is a component of new construction, leave the floor for last. Anything that might involve exposing the floor to water, high humidity (such as open air or other plumbing work), or direct exposure to sunlight, can damage the floor.
The flooring should be installed as level and cleanly as possible and should always be sanded and treated. New hardwood floor installs typically shouldn’t be level with nearby rooms.