Best Practices to Install Hardwood Flooring

So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and update your home with hardwood floors. Naturally, the prospect of removing your old flooring and installing new hardware can be overwhelming, but with the right guidance, planning, and execution, you will be enjoying the comfort and quality of beautiful hardwood floors in no time.

Have a Solid Plan

There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to hardwood flooring, so we think it’s wise to take your time and find the hardware that best suits your needs and desires.

You’ll need to determine if the area where you are installing the new floor will have low or high traffic, which will decide the type of wood that serves you best. With higher traffic comes the need for harder wood flooring. A quick Google search for the Janka Hardness Scale will provide you with an extensive list that provides you quality options ranging from the softest to the hardest woods available.

Another element to consider is the aesthetic you’d like your new floor to have and which woods will provide that for you. For example, white oak is a popular go-to hardwood for its light color, providing homeowners with a great variety of color options. On the other hand, dark wood like walnut, while limiting in color options, provides a deep and warm atmosphere.

Finally, safety should be the top priority of any home improvement project. If you feel that removing and installing flooring is too risky or challenging, consult your options with a trusted local professional, and they can help you determine the best course of action.

Use Your Resources

For many of us, we just want to dive right into the project and figure it out as we go. However, installing new flooring can be a big endeavor with a big price tag, so it is again best to take your time and use all of the resources and literature that’s available to you.

Say you’ve chosen the wood you’d like to install. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your particular product. For a safe and secure installation, we recommend following the National Wood Flooring Association’s (NWFA) guidelines. Take time to read the proper guidelines and understand the materials you’re handling and what they require before starting the actual installation.

Take Steps to Protect Your Flooring

Finally, it’s important to remember that wood flooring is made of natural materials that can be affected by factors within its surrounding environment like moisture and heat. Using the NWFA’s guidelines, install the necessary hardware that will prolong the life of your hardwood flooring. For example, quality subflooring is an important addition that will shield your hardwood from outside elements.

If you’ve been wanting to update your home with hardwood flooring, but haven’t been sure about where to begin, please contact Bingham Lumber today. Our specialists are excited to meet and talk with you and bring your ideas into reality!