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DIY Hardwood Flooring Installation Tips

Installing a hardwood flooring isn't something that just a professional can do. Due to advancements in manufacturing technology, installing your own wood floor has never been easier. And while it's not uncommon for consumers to perform a traditional nail down wood installation, click wood or snap together wood is by far the more popular choice for do it yourself flooring installations. Many of iFLOOR's click wood floors can be glued or floated, as well as be installed over concrete or wood.

The first step is measuring the area, multiply the length of the room by its width, add approximately 10% for waste and you now have just measured the room for flooring. Hardwood comes in cartons with a specific square footage per box. Since you can't break a carton, you might find you have just enough to cover the space. However, waste must be factored into the equation. An extra carton might cost $50-$80, and is well worth it. The extra wood might come in handy down the road.

Measure from the sub floor to the base of doors, as many don't consider this important step before choosing a floor. Wood floors come in various thicknesses and if the floor you choose is too thick, you might find yourself having to remove a door or two, cut the bottom off and re-hang it. These are the kind of things that can make a diy project difficult rather than a walk in the park.

Once you've chosen the floor and we've delivered it to your home, it's important to let the wood flooring acclimate to the temperature (about 48 hours) of the room where it's going to be installed. Even though engineered wood expand and contracts less, it still expands and contracts. The acclimation process allows the wood to settle in, so to speak, before it's installed. This is critical to the process.

Before you begin, re-measure the area and count the packages. Do the math and make sure you have enough floor for the intended installation space. The last thing you want is a blank space on the floor and no other carton in sight. Also be sure you have enough trim, moldings and the proper transition pieces where your new wood floor will meet up with another type of floor.

Lastly, do an inventory of the required tools before beginning. Lay them out, understand what they do and at which point of the process they're needed. Prepare yourself why watching a hardwood installation video, just because a picture often speaks a thousand words and seeing something done always helps when you're about to do it.

Like anything, advance preparation, a little research and some forethought goes a long way in making installing a wood floor a very simple process. It's when problems occur that could have been avoided that cause an aggravating situation.