We got our hardwood floors laid this past weekend, hours before Easter Sunday…when we were entertaining for 30 people. Call me crazy but I knew if we had a deadline to make we would have the house in order by then…and we did!
There are so many different types of installation for hardwood floors and endless grains, styles, and colors. It is also hard to decide on the perfect floor without sacrificing a lot of cost. Hardwood floors add a lot of value to your home and give it a beautiful look. We knew a couple of things that we had to have when choosing our flooring, we wanted real wood and dark brown. We ended up going with Kobra Bamboo Wood Flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Bamboo is known to be twice as hard as oak.
Installing hardwood floors can easily be done on your own, which saves you a lot of cost in labor. Even Jamie was able to teach me how to install these bad boys, which was a lot simpler than I thought. Our floor is tongue and groove and it’s floating for easy and quick installation.
First make sure to prepare your subfloor by laying out the padding. We used Bella Wood padding.
Next lay your first board tongued down into the groove and lock your boards together. Be sure to rotate taking different boards out from different boxes as each board has a different look and you want to even out the darker/lighter boards. The first row is the most important because it is going to be the determining factor of whether or not the floor will be straight and square with the room. Measure carefully and nail the board once it is perfect. Make sure to stager your boards and cut down to different sizes. You never want to have the same boards end at the same length from the board above or below, as you can see Jamie is doing a good job at staggering the wood floors in the photo below.
Lastly, once all of your flooring is laid, you will need to add 1/4 round trim pieces to cover the gaps left for expansion. Unless you take all the base off before the install then you may not need the 1/4 round.
Overall we were pretty happy with the look of the floor. We did notice that the finish of the floor can scratch very easily. Also, if you want a really solid feel I would suggest nailing or glueing the floor down. Just some FYI tips we figured out after our install. If you end up going with a dark wood make sure you are ready to either clean a lot or have dirty floors. These aren’t easy to keep up with, but if you love the look of dark wood like me, it is worth it.