Wood Flooring Self-Installation
If you have decided to purchase real wood flooring for your home and are considering self-installation then proceed only if you have joinery experience and are reasonably handy. An inexpertly put together floor will cost a small fortune to put right, as well as giving you heartache and headaches galore. However, if you feel that you have the know-how and enthusiasm to lay your own floor then this article has been written to help the gifted amateur avoid the pitfalls of hardwood floor installation.
Once you have decided on the type of wood, and sourced the best supplier, you might want to ask about free or discounted installation, which would save you both time and money. But if you see it as a project you would like to tackle yourself then invest some time in researching the best way to a successful job and allow yourself enough time for completion. Too many DIY-ers lose heart because they give themselves unrealistic timescales for completion. Installing a real wood floor restoration from start to finish would take the average amateur DYI’er about a week, and this would include all the prep work and possible removal and disposal of old floor coverings and the laying of a sub-floor if required.
Another must is to have the correct tools and equipment to do the job properly. It is worth investing in a quality installation guide to make sure you are on the right track as mistakes may be expensive to rectify later on. Wood saws, cutters and other equipment possibly not found in the average toolbox will be available for daily rental from retail outlets and plant hire shops.
If you are unsure of any aspect of real wood floor installation that is not covered in any guidance manual then you would be best to err on the side of caution and enlist the aid of the professionals. Contact a local wood floor specialist, who will offer a no-obligation quotation with the advantage of having a professional eye look over the room and materials in general.
Making your money go further
However it is often the case that a specialist flooring company will be able to help your money to go further particularly in terms of sourcing and matching wood as well as tried and tested hints and tips to make sure you choose exactly the right wood for purpose. Choosing specialist advice before starting the job means that you will select the right type of wood, taking into account factors such as the type of room, the amount of through traffic, humidity, natural light and the surrounding décor.
Most homeowners will have a set budget within which to fund their project and maintenance and upkeep routines should also be taken into consideration before that final decision is made.
In general, hardwood floors sanding is tough, durable and ideal in homes with children and animals. Wood floors take very little maintenance only a light mopping twice a month and regular sweeping is enough to keep their sparkling good looks.
If any part so the floor becomes damaged and has to be replaced this can be done without uplifting the whole floor. If the floor is constructed of popular woods such as oak, cherry, pine and the like it should be fairly easy to source a good match.
Through time when even the best-kept floor becomes dull and flat it is easy to rejuvenate by giving it a makeover sanding and refinishing. Unlike other types of floors, real wood flooring has the ability to change its look depending upon the type of finishing used. If you want a classic, glossy finish then choose varnish, or for an understated burnished glow use lacquer. Wood stain can significantly change the appearance of your floor so put as much thought into your finish as your start!
One last tip – if you’re installing your own wooden floor then remember the carpenter’s golden rule – measure twice, cut once!