Before you begin the project of installing hardwood floors yourself, you must read the manual carefully. Remember that different kinds of wood require different kinds of treatment and preparation. A simple mistake may cause a lot of money and a whole day’s effort.
Floating Wood Floor
A floating wood floor is a layer of hardwood planks glued together on top of a sub floor. The sub floor may be of any material – concrete or wood, for example. The important thing is to make sure that the sub floor is even and clean. Little bumps will affect how level your floor will be.
The secret to a well-constructed floating hardwood floor lies in the technique of laying the planks together. Anything well-planned comes off as interesting and aesthetic. Some people will take into account the direction of the light or the entrances and exits of the rooms as bases for the pattern in the layout.
Installing the Floor
Before you go any further, make sure you have all the necessary tools for the job. The following are what you will need: glue, spacers, pull tool, tapping block, chalk, hammer, measuring stick or tape, straps, and saw. You may add to this list of equipment when needed or called for by the contractor?s manual.
The planks must be glued together snugly and firmly on the sub floor. Apply enough along the edges of the planks to achieve this. Too much will just create gaps and bumps. To ensure a snug fit, hammer the planks together softly using a tapping block. Make sure that you have your first few planks where you want them to be because it will be difficult to adjust them later on. Cut the pieces as you put them together. This will ensure that you will have less scraps.
Once you have finished laying down the floating floor, apply the finish. Be careful not to place your tools on the floor while the coating dries. Even a single bristle from a paintbrush can ruin the finish.