DIY Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood floors are both naturally durable and very easy on the eye, making them an almost irresistible choice for many homeowners. For those handy home types who would prefer to install their new hardwood floors themselves rather than call in a professional – albeit admittedly more expensive – company or tradesperson, there are some handy hints that should be followed to ensure the installation will be a success.
One such hint is to make sure that the room in which you are intending to install the hardwood floor is fully prepared, by trying as best as possible to ensure that the temperature in the room remains at a constant level throughout the process of installation, and also by ensuring that dust is kept to an absolute minimum. Sealing off doorways with plastic film and masking off any surfaces you feel will need to be protected is likewise a good idea.
Solid hardwood floors need to be kept sealed on all sides, not just on the top, as moisture passes through the back, ends and edges just as easily as it does from the seemingly more exposed top. Any area that will be exposed to any kind of moisture – an exterior door, for example – will need to have particular attention paid to it.
When it comes to sanding, if calling in the services of professional floor sanding companies really is unacceptable, then the best advice is to sand the wood flooring no more or less than three times with increasingly fine sand paper, and making sure to sweep and hoover the floor after each go.