Hello there, I am Mann Sharma from GoHardwood, and today I want to discuss the three phases of solid hardwood flooring.
As a hardwood flooring expert, when I walk into someone’s home, the first thing I notice is the floor. It’s human nature – I can’t take my profession away for a moment. Whether it’s a carpet floor, a hardwood one or tile, I can easily tell if it was installed by a professional or a weekend warrior. The difference between the work done by a professional and an amateur isn’t hard to spot. But sometimes, an amateur can do the installation in a way that matches with the expertise of a professional. Need not to say – he had followed a process that I would like to call the “three phases of hardwood flooring installation”.
The Three Phases of Solid Hardwood Flooring Installation:
Phase 1 – Floor Prep:
The phase is all about preparing everything that is related to your flooring and installation. It starts with making sure the substrate is clean, flat and dry. For soft surfaces, make sure to back up or replace any loose tack strip or old metals. For hard surface installation, proper flattering, sealing and prepping your floor makes the difference.
Phase 2 – Installation:
And here begins the real battle. It looks quite easy when you read a DIY guide or watch an installation video, but gets complicated when you actually do it. You need to draw your desired pattern on paper, start from the center and move around as you go. Here is a guide for installing carpet tiles. Installing the solid hardwood flooring can be done in the same way.
Phase 3 – Finishing:
Phase 3 deals with installing base boards, quarter round, base shoe, T-moldings, baby thresholds, scribe moldings and other trims. If phase 1 and 2 were about cooking a dish, phase 3 is about putting in the toppings to make it look beautiful.
Dealing with Transitions:
Dealing with transitions like T-molding can be tricky if you are working with a concrete subfloor that doesn’t allow pin nailing from down. Using an adhesive or blue painter’s tape remains the only choice to fix the pieces in place. However, when you have curves in the floor, you may find the floors misaligned the very next day if fixed with adhesive.
Fixing this issue often requires buying new moldings and starting over, as removing the flooring pieces can result in damage. This may also happen by someone stepping on the molding before the adhesive has completely cured.
The Trick to Floor Transitions:
The easiest way to prevent this is buying a hot-melt glue gun. When fixing the pieces with construction adhesive, keep some space between each piece and in the middle of the channel. Apply glue in this area.
The process remains simple – apply construction adhesive first and quickly apply hot-melt glue in the areas without adhesive. Quickly place the piece and press it for three minutes. Since construction adhesive takes some time to cure, the glue will hold the pieces in place until then.