What to Consider Before Installing Wood Flooring

What to Consider Before Installing Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is one if the best ways to add character to your home and a great investment. There are a few factors to bear in mind before you install wooden flooring that will ensure you get the best finish. To help you decide whether wood flooring is right for your home, we have put together a couple of practical considerations you will need to think about before committing yourself to wood floors.

Make Sure the Sub-Floor Is Level

The first thing you need to think about is the existing floor that you will be laying the new floor onto. It needs to be level and be able to support the new floor because laying onto an unsuitable surface will result in cracks and bulges forming. In order to achieve the desirable surface you may have to do some cleaning and polishing up.

Make sure you clean the sub-floor really well, and walk around making sure there are no obviously uneven areas, as these will need to be levelled off. If the sub-floor is made up of wooden joists then you will need to make sure there are no nails or tacks sticking up out of the wood, as these could cause serious problems for the new floor. As you walk around try to notice any areas that sink as you walk over them. This means there are weak spots which will need to be supported.

Once you are happy with the original floor, you will then to consider whether or not you need to fit padding under your new wood floors. It is not a requirement for all flooring, but can make the new floors feel a lot nicer underfoot. The flooring for which it is essential is tongue and groove flooring. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions as to which padding to choose because it will make installation much easier.

Allow Wood to Acclimatise

One of the most important things to do if you decide to go ahead with the installation of wood floors, which is often overlooked, is to allow the wood to acclimatise to your home. Once you have bought it, let it sit in a room for a few days to adjust to the humidity levels in your home because this will cause some expanding and contracting. If you allow the wood to do this before you fit it, then it is much less likely to split and crack after it has been installed. This is one the most important steps but a lot of people find it really inconvenient and prefer less hassle in the short term, but it won’t pay off in the long term.

And Finally …

Aafter reading these points you are still in love with the idea of wood flooring then you know it is for you. If you do the correct preparation before, and care for them after installation then there is no reason you shouldn’t get many years of enjoyment from your brand new wooden floors.