A Step-by-Step Guide on Where to Start Installing Hardwood Flooring

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May 30 2023 | By Elevation Construction

In this article, we'll focus on one of the most sought-after options: hardwood flooring. If you're considering installing hardwood floors in your home but don't know where to begin, you've come to the right place! Follow our step-by-step guide to ensure a successful and stunning hardwood flooring installation.

1. Assessing Your Space: Before installing hardwood flooring, it's crucial to evaluate your space and make necessary preparations. Consider the following points:

    1.  Determine the type of hardwood flooring: Solid or engineered? Unfinished or prefinished?
    2. Measure the area accurately: Calculate the square footage to determine how much flooring material you'll need.
    3. Check the subfloor condition: Ensure it's clean, level, dry, and free from any damages.
2. Acquiring the Necessary Tools and Materials: To complete the hardwood flooring installation smoothly, gather the required tools and materials. Some essentials include:
    1. Hardwood flooring material of your choice
    2. Underlayment (if necessary)
    3. Moisture barrier
    4. Hammer, nail gun, or flooring stapler
    5. Tape measure, chalk line, and straight edge
    6. Saw (circular saw or miter saw)
    7. Nail set, pry bar, and flooring spacer

3. Starting Point Selection: Choosing the right starting point is crucial to achieving an aesthetically pleasing result. Consider the following factors:

    1. Longest wall: Typically, it's recommended to start along the longest unobstructed wall for a seamless look.
    2. Main entryway: Starting near the main entryway allows for a natural flow throughout the space.
    3. Natural light: Consider how the light enters the room to showcase the beauty of the hardwood flooring.
4. Preparing the Subfloor: Before laying the hardwood flooring, it's essential to prepare the subfloor properly. Follow these steps:
    1. Remove the existing flooring: Carpet, laminate, or tile must be completely removed.
    2. Clean the subfloor: Remove debris and make sure it's free from any dirt or dust.
    3. Level the subfloor: Use a leveling compound if necessary to ensure a smooth surface.
    4. Install the moisture barrier: Protect the hardwood flooring from moisture by adding a moisture barrier layer.

5. Installing the Hardwood Flooring: The exciting part is installing the hardwood flooring. Follow these steps:

    1. Lay the first row: Start with the groove side against the wall, using spacers to create the necessary expansion gap.
    2. Nail or staple the flooring: Secure the hardwood planks to the subfloor using the appropriate tools.
    3. Continue with subsequent rows: Interlock the tongue and groove edges, ensuring a tight fit between the planks.
    4. Cut and fit the last row: Measure, cut, and install the final row of planks, leaving the necessary expansion gap.
    5. Install baseboards and trim: Complete the installation by adding baseboards or trim to cover the expansion gap.

Installing hardwood flooring can transform the look and feel of your home, providing elegance, warmth, and durability. By following our step-by-step guide, you'll be well on your way to achieving a successful installation. Remember, if you're unsure or prefer professional assistance, Elevation Construction Team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us for expert advice and exceptional service. Happy flooring!