Hardwood Floor Services
Hardwood Floor Installation
Removing Base Molding
Removing Shoe Molding
Tack Down Building Paper
Width of the Starter Strip
Installing The Starter Row
Nail Down Subsequent Rows
Crosscut Pieces for Each Row
Fit Flooring around Obstacles
Cut and Fit the Final Row
Sand and Finish the Floor
Reapply - Base, Shoe Molding
We all know that having your home carpeted is warmer during the winter, but it tends to collect a lot of dust and spills and stains are just a nightmare on carpets, so why not consider a hardwood floor installation?

It looks good and it is so much easier to clean. These floors can be easily installed by professionals, but it is not suggested that you try it yourself if you are not a professional in hardwood floor installation as it will be a difficult process. When you call someone to do the hardwood floor installation for you, this is basically the ten steps they will go through to complete the job;

Remove Base Molding as Well as Shoe Molding
Firstly, all the base molding has to be removed by using a pry bar so it can be pulled from the wall. When the floor is being installed, there should be a gap of _ left along the wall to allow for development of the floor. When you see them doing this, don?t panic, that gap will be closed by the molding as it will be reinstalled once the floors are installed.

Tack Down Building Paper
This is not a compulsory part of the hardwood floor installation; it is an option as it will help to reduce noise. It may also add a vapor wall. You can specifically ask for this to be done if you wish, it is not expensive and just a matter of stapling the paper to the floor approximately every ten inches.

Determine the Width of the Starter Strip
This is a very important part of the hardwood floor installation process. All the starter strips for each row should be laid out along the width of the floor as this will give the approximate width that is needed for the first and last row. The wood should fit perfectly, if not, the installers will have to rip-cut it to size. Rip-cut means that the cut will be similar or with the grain of the wood.

Install the Starter Row
To install the starter row you need to snap a chalk line at the thickness of the starter piece. Remember that this line has to be 100% straight as the accuracy of this row will effect the whole hardwood floor installation process. Also, the wall should not be used as a guide; it might not be 100% straight. Then you have to line up the edge of the starter piece down the chalk line (don?t forget the _ gap along the wall). Drill holes along the strip, every 12 inches along the way, driving #6 nails to fasten the wood to the subfloor.

Nail Down Subsequent Rows
The subsequent strips should just slide into place and then nailed in by positioning the nail and then striking it with the head of the hammer.

Use Crosscut Pieces for the Ends of Each Row
For a more balanced look, the end joints of the pieces will have to be staggered at least a foot apart. This is as easy as using different sizes of wood at the beginning of every row. In order for the end pieces to fit, they will have to be crosscut (a cut across the grain of wood). When doing so, lengths longer than a foot should be used at the end of each row.

Fit Flooring around Obstacles
In most cases, the rooms will not be perfectly rectangular, so when it comes to a corner in the wall, just position the strip of wood as close to the wall as possible and then use those measurements when you have to cut the piece to fit correctly, also remembering to leave the _ gap along all the walls.

Cut and Fit the Final Row
This is to be done the same way as the starter row was, nailed into place using a hammer. To fasten the joint in the middle of the last two pieces, a pry bar can be used but also using a block of wood to make sure no damage is done to the wall. The final row can now be nailed in.

Sand and Finish the Floor ? Optional
If it looks like your new floor could use a quick ?makeover?, ask the hardwood floor installation professionals to give it a quick sand and polish. Sanding can be done with a sanding machine or by hand.

Reapply the Base and Shoe Molding
This is only done once everything is complete, once the floor has been sanded, polished and the polish is dry, the base and shoe moldings can be put back into place.

Your hardwood floor installation is now complete!

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