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How to Install Hardwood Floors

If you would like a hardwood flooring in your home, you may have taken the decision to fit it yourself. A lot of the time, this is something that would be a great idea, as you can certainly save money by doing this as you wouldn’t have to hire a fitter to do the work for you.
Firstly, you need to ensure that you are choosing a wood that will go with the room that you are installing it into. It might help if you can order a few samples from the internet, then you could take a look at what it will be like without having the order the whole lot.
When you are measuring your floor, you should always order a little more wood than you actually need. Not only does this mean that you have a little bit of breathing space when it comes to making an error during fitting, but it also means that if you damage the floor in the future you will have a replacement board to put down.
On the day that the flooring arrives, you should place it in the room that you are putting it in, and then leave it for two weeks. Because wood can warp depending on the climate of the room, this means that you could find that it expands or shrinks after fitting, causing your work to be ruined. Leaving it for this amount of time would help this to be avoided.
When you finally get around to fitting your floor, you should take great care to make sure that everything is straight. The worst thing that can happen is that you are left with a triangular gap in a square room. Use a set square to ensure that your wood is in a straight line after you lay each strip, and you should find that this is no problem. When you’re using a nail gun to secure the flooring, you should take great care. This is because it is easy to make a mistake, and such mistakes could mean that you end up damaging the flooring and therefore wasting the strips.
Ultimately, as long as you take care whilst you are fitting the floor, you should find that you can get the whole job done without having to go anywhere near a fitter. This will not only save you money but will also give you a great sense of achievement at the end of the job.

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