Know What To Expect
Hardwood installation can be intensive and complex, so we recommend leaving the job to a trained professional for the best-looking finished product. However, if you do wish to install yourself, we have the guide to help you do it.
Before Tackling A DIY Hardwood Flooring Project
The three types of installation for hardwood floors are:
- Nail-down, attached with staples
- Glue-down, attached with adhesive
- Floating, which click together and are not attached to the subfloor
Each method requires special tools and skills, as well as knowledge of how to deal with subfloor issues like uneven surfaces and moisture.
If you’re a DIYer, we recommend installing a floating floor. They are the easiest type and don’t require you to remove your existing floor, and there is no need for tools or special carpentry skills.
Before Hardwood Installation
- Allow several days’ time for solid wood boards to acclimate to your room’s environment before laying them. Engineered boards do not always need acclimation, but consult the manufacturer’s recommendations to be sure.
- Move furniture out of the room and secure cables and wiring before installation.
- Select coordinating trim and molding for your floors to hide expansion gaps around the perimeter of your room.