A Handy Guide to Floor Installation

Your floors are obviously an essential part of your abode and they should be given as much attention as any other part. They can easily become damaged, dirty, start to squeak and more so you will need to steps to maintain them. You might need to repair them, replace them, or try new ideas to keep your home looking fresh. If you want some tips on floor installation, then read on and discover how to tackle hardwood and ceramic floor fitting.

Hardwood Flooring

  • First Steps: The first type of floor installation we’ll cover is hardwood. Adding hardwood flooring to a room is not a difficult task as long as you know what you are doing. You will need a variety of saws and nailing machine can be very useful, but a regular hammer and some nails will just be as effective. Nailing machines can be rented so if you want professional results without the cost, so for this option. Once you have bought all of your prices of hardwood flooring, leave them for three or four days as this will allow them to adapt to the temperature and humidity. This is an important step as hardwood can change size and shape depending on the temperature, so doing this will ensure it is uniform.
  • Cleaning and preparing: You should clean the sub floor before you begin and check that it is all securely attached to the floor joists. Walk over these parts to find any squeaky parts and re-nail them. Use a metal ruler or straightedge to find any humps and lows spots and then even them out using a floor levelling compound or tiles/shingles. Place a layer of asphalt-saturated felt paper over everything to provide and underside for the hardwood.
  • Making the pieces fit: The way you arrange the hardwood can vary. They should always be run perpendicular to the joists. If you do this diagonally, it will create a unique look but it is much more difficult. It can be tough and unnecessary to ensure that all the pieces are the same size and arranged evenly, so placing them at random is perfectly acceptable. Use a rubber mallet once all the prices are down to get them properly into place.

Ceramic Tiles

  • Tile floor installation: Another type of flooring you may be considering is ceramic tile installation. These can work great in places such as the bathroom and create a clean appearance. After purchasing your floor tiles, you should avoid bending them because while they are strong compressively, they have low tensile strength, so they will break if bent. Before placing any tiles down, ensure there will be now gaps between the floor surface and the tile, as this can cause the tile to bend and crack. Self-levelling floor compounds are available to remedy this.
  • Grouting: Arrange the tiles carefully before placing them down or see if everything will fit, what places will need reduced tiles and so on. Organize them so you can work out the grout lines and try to make them even. Using spacers or drawing chalk outlines can help. Grouting is a vital step and if done it can ruin your work, so practicing on some spare tiles prior can be beneficial and this can be done to test if you have the right consistency. Apply the grout with a hard rubber float at a 30 or 45 degree angle and remember that you may not be able to do it all in one go, so have enough grout for about a hours of work each time.

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