Hardwood floors have an unparalleled beauty that goes with any décor, be it traditional, modern or country. If you are thinking about having hardwood floors installed and wondering where to start, you have arrived at the right place. Here is a complete guide on how to choose hardwood flooring to upgrade your home.
Solid wood flooring is absolutely natural and 100% wood product with each board manufactured from a single piece of wood which is chopped down to the ideal size typically between the range of 18 and 25 centimetres. The style of the cut of the wood can differ from flat sawn to quarter sawn. The former style is one of the well-known styles with a triangular grain whereas, in the latter, material is divided into quarters. And lastly, there is a rift sawn style that gives a great finish to the horizontal grain. After the entire process of cutting is complete, the material is put into a furnace for drying and finish. Solid Wood Flooring is a tremendous way to give your place, either home or office a warm, natural and rustic ambience.
Store the cases of the planks at the location at least 72 hours before commencing the installation work. Do not open or store the cases where there is no temperature control, for instance, a basement, shed or an unheated garage.
Before the installation process, ensure that the color and grade of the planks confirm with the standards. It is necessary to mention here that industry measures take into account a specific degree of manufacturing defects and natural imperfections (up to 5% of boards).
Make sure that you select the lower visibility areas that have manufacturing defects and natural imperfections to install the planks/boards. The subfloor needs to meet the installation prerequisites. Never install hardwood flooring over a radiant floor heating system or in a basement. Vapor barrier installation is recommended.
Set up your tools, select your planks, measure and lay down your hardwood flooring.