Steps To Laying A Wood Strip Floor Steps To Laying A Wood Strip Floor

What You'll Need
Wood strip flooring
Asphalt-felt underlayment
Staple Gun
Installation kit
Carpenters glue
Paneling nail set
Hammer/Mallet
Woodsaw
Jigsaw
Tape measure

Laying a wood strip floor in your home is not only a wonderful way to add some natural beauty to any room, but is also a great do-it-yourself project. Depending on how you want to lay your wood, it can be a fairly simple process.

Step 1 – Prepare Your Flooring

You should always lay your wooden planks perpendicular to the floor joists, so mark along the bottom of the wall where the joists are for reference. Cover your floor with asphalt-felt underlay, allowing about a 3-inch overlay and tacking them down with a staple gun. You may also opt for a layer of plastic under this, especially for a concrete subfloor, to prevent moisture or mold from making its way to the underlay.

Also, you should let your flooring sit stacked up in your home for a few days wherever you plan to install it; this will allow it to adjust to the moisture in that room, and you’ll be less likely to have issues with the wood expanding or contracting after installation.

Step 2 – Laying Wood

Starting laying your wood at the longest and straightest section of the room. Using the installation kit, place the plank with the grooved side facing the wall, with a ½ inch expansion gap between the wall and the plank.

Apply glue to the grooved end of a second strip and insert into the first strip. Continue with more strips until you reach the next wall. If the last piece doesn’t fit perfectly, use the wood saw to cut to fit on the end of the last piece placed, leaving ½ inch space between it and the wall.

Move back up to your starting point, and repeat this process with a second row, starting with the partial excess piece left from cutting the last piece in the first row. Starting with a partial piece will offset the endpoints of the boards from row to row, giving a much more appealing look.

Step 3 – Nailing The Wood

You’ll need to get a nail set for wood paneling, which will include the paneling nails as well as a special nail set to hammer the nails in flush without leaving marks on your hardwood.

As you are laying your first row, nail it securely in place, making absolutely certain that it is ½ inch from the wall on all sides (this is where your baseboards will be later). As you get to each row after the first, take a small piece of excess wood, place it parallel against the new row, and give a few sharp raps with a mallet to make sure it is flush with the last row.

Step 4 – Navigating Obstructions

For things like doorways or outer corners, use a jigsaw to cut your boards to match the contours that are necessary. If your wood floor ends at some point along the edge of a different, lower flooring, use a reducer strip on the edge. It is similar to the other boards, except instead for having a tongue for more boards to latch onto, it has a curved or beveled edge for a smooth transition to the next flooring.

Your flooring is as simple as that. You can now enjoy the smooth beauty of natural hard wood floors!

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