How Are Hardwood Floors Installed?

There are countless aspects of home design and construction that fall into the “classic” or “timeless” category. Hardwood floors are definitely one of those aspects. There are many different types of flooring on the market, especially now in the 21 century. In fact, it’s possible to have your floor laid with ceramic tile that closely resembles a lot of different hardwoods – at least in certain lighting. If you want a natural stone look, tile can achieve that too. Add in the countless types of carpet, and other contemporary options like concrete flooring, and you truly have a lot to choose from.

The point is, there are countless flooring options available today – but in some ways, one timeless options still stands apart from the rest: hardwood flooring. It’s a classic option through and through, and in many cases, hardwood floors age like a fine wine. I’ve ever had the experience of living or walking on a hardwood floor that’s nearly a hundred years old, yet looks and feels absolutely amazing under your feet, you understand how timeless and classic hardwood floors can be.

But how exactly are they installed? What’s the secret? Are they treated with special chemicals? What’s the process of laying down the actual pieces of wood?

Here’s a basic description of how hardwood floors are installed:

Once you have the wood picked out, you carefully measure the room. You’ll also check the floor for squeaky spots, and take appropriate measures to eliminate or minimize those squeaks. Then, you’ll cover the area in vapor barrier paper.

From here, you’ll start the actual installation. Assuming your boards are already cut and measured, you’ll begin placing them over the vapor barrier paper. You’ll proceed to nail the rolls, staple the boards down, cut the baseboard, and fill any gaps you may have left.

These are just about the most major steps in the hardwood floor installation process, but obviously there is more going on. A professional might see things in very clear and simple steps, because they can rely on experience and knowledge. But to the DIY person, installing a hardwood floor can be a daunting task with countless steps. Really knowing how to do it right is not as simple as reading a blog or two – at least for many people. There are always talented DIY homeowners who pick things up quickly, and do a great job installing hardwood floors. But for most, it’s an investment better left in the hands of an experienced pro.

Finding the best hardwood flooring specialist in your area

There are probably dozens of contractors to choose from if you live near a metropolitan area. The first thing people often do is filter out by price, and seek the lowest bid. That’s obviously a useful tactic, but don’t forget that different contractors can bring different levels of quality that affect value in the long run. The quality of the wood is of course one thing – but if the quality of the installation is lacking in any important way, or if your contractor cuts corners, you’ll be paying more in the long run.