Properly-fitted wooden flooring can look fantastic in your home and with a small amount of DIY knowledge, it’s fairly easy to do the job yourself. The following tips, along with a bit of graft and the right tools, should deliver excellent results.
Make sure that the surface on which you will be placing the flooring is as flat as possible in order to ensure a quality fit. You may want to put down plywood sheets fitted with small screws between the old floor and your new surface.
Additionally, before laying the new flooring, you will need to put down a membrane of foam or rubber, similar to the type found underneath carpeting. This acts as both insulation and a noise dampener. A consultant at your local hardware or home improvement store can steer you to the correct material for the job.
Whether using real wood or laminate, the best procedure is to begin from the wall furthest away from the room’s main entrance. Remove all skirting boards and wainscoting so that the flooring can extend all the way to the wall. After this has been placed, you can replace the skirting.
Stagger the wooden panels as you place them. Not only does this create a pleasing appearance, it adds strength to the surface. Make sure than all of the flooring pieces are securely joined together. You can do this by using a rubber or plastic mallet to knock the wooden flooring into place without damaging joints or edges.
Leave a gap of a few millimeters between the floor and wood, as per the flooring manufacturer’s instructions. This is because flooring and shrink and grow, depending upon the room temperature. For this reason, you should never fit finish beading to the wooden flooring, but instead to the skirting board above it.
With a bit of careful planning, some consultation with reps at your local home improvement store, and good-quality flooring material, you can transform that old floor in your home into something stylish, comfortable and long-lasting.