Installing a Hardwood Basement Floor Installing a Hardwood Basement Floor

What You'll Need
Electric sander
Spirit level
Roller brush
Hardwood flooring
Masking tape
Saw
Measuring tape
Hardwood flooring adhesive
Molding
Leveling compound

Basements are very useful multipurpose rooms. The basement floor options you choose important for that reason. Installing a hardwood floor in your basement is much easier than one might imagine. If you have the right tools and materials, you will be able to install high quality hardwood on your concrete basement floor.

Step 1 - Buying the Flooring

The first thing that you need to do is purchase the flooring which you want to use in your basement. There are many different types of hardwood flooring. All of them have different colors and grains.

Step 2 - Acclimatizing the Flooring

After buying the flooring, leave it in your home or around a week in order to acclimatize to the environment. Doing so is important because wood is a natural material which shrinks and expands. By acclimatizing the wood, you will minimize the shrinkage.

Step 3 - Cleaning the Floor

Prepare the concrete floor for the hardwood. If the concrete flooring is new, wait a minimum of 60 days before laying flooring on it. It's essential that the concrete is completely dry and not just touch dry.

Step 4 - Leveling the Concrete

Concrete flooring is normally poured into the house, creating high and low spots. It can also cause areas of rough texture. Use a spirit level or simply a block of wood to check the level of the floor. Sand away high spots in the floor, then apply a self-leveling compound to fill in any low parts. Vacuum any of the dust so that the flooring will have a proper surface to which it may sticks.

Step 5 - Protecting the Flooring

Apply moisture barrier paint to the concrete floor with either a brush or a paint roller. Wait at least 16 hours for the barrier paint to dry.

Step 6 - Applying Adhesive

Apply the adhesive to the concrete floor. It is easiest to apply the adhesive to the longest wall in your home. Once the adhesive is on the floor, press the hardwood flooring down into the glue. Continue pressing the wood onto the adhesive so that they are close together. Adhesive can squeeze out of the joints and get onto the surface of the flooring. Use mineral salts to get rid of the residue before it hardens. Leave a .25-inch gap around the edge of the room tp allow for expansion.

Step 7 - Nailing Moulding

Nail molding around the edge of the room. Cut it with a miter saw then nail it around the walls.

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