What to expect from a hardwood floor installation
Although it is possible to install a hardwood floor yourself, this is a task that is probably best left to a professional. The basic steps to installing an unfinished wood floor involve preparation work, laying down the hardwood planks properly, performing hardwood floor sanding on the entire surface, and staining and finishing the sanded planks. This is not only a great deal of work, it is also work that can require specialised tools and equipment, an aspect that is particularly true of the floor sanding and finishing phases of the installation.
Installation in detail
It is easy to imagine that installing a hardwood floor is no more difficult than simply gluing or nailing down planks. However, before any of that can be accomplished, the subfloor must be properly prepped. Only then can planks be laid out across the entire floor so that the final finished look can be envisioned, and if necessary, adjusted. Once expansion spacing has been arranged for, then a nailing pattern of four to six inches is typically used to fasten the boards in place.
Sanding in detail
Sanding is more difficult for a do-it-yourself homeowner. Before it can commence, a custom wood filler is usually trowelled into cracks and other imperfections. Afterwards, high quality sanding equipment is used to buff the floor so that it will be smooth and pleasant on bare feet. Dust mitigation is an issue during this phase; if proper procedures and equipment are not used, it can lead to adverse results, with the homeowner still finding bits of dust months later – even after a thorough cleaning.