Hardwood Floor Installation Tips
Not every homeowner is competent enough to install a flooring material such as carpet, which can require highly specialised equipment to stretch the material properly. Hardwood floors, however, are another story. The average homeowner can learn how to install his own wooden floors because the process requires a simple set of skills and uses equipment that most people already have on hand.
The first step in installation is to measure the room so you know how much square footage of hardwood flooring will be required. Be sure to order approximately 15% more than you strictly need so that you will have some extra to make up for mistakes you might make along the way. The subfloor should be bare when you begin; install extra screws into it to secure any squeaky portions.
Use strips of a vapour barrier material to cover the subfloor, overlapping them by at least four inches in every direction. Use a staple gun to attach the vapour barrier to the subfloor. After these preliminary steps, installing a hardwood floor is mostly a matter of attaching boards to the floor, one board at a time. Look critically at the pattern that is emerging as you go along to be sure that it is one you find pleasing to the eye. Some boards will need to be cut or trimmed as you go along in order to fit them in at the edges.