1. Prep Tools + Materials
Before you tear out the old floor, ensure that you have the necessary tools and materials for the project at hand. Measure the space to determine the surface area of your floor and plan your budget to be a little more than you think you need.
2. Prep the Surface
Remove baseboards and store them, then remove the old floor gently from the edge of wall pieces. Continuously remove nails and staples, clean up debris, and inspect the surface of the floor surfaces in need of repair.
3. Make the Base
Some floors are sold with pre-installed underlayment, also known as a vapor barrier. If not, underlayment can be bought separately and installed one strip at a time, starting with the longest wall. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to form abutting edges and seal seams.
4. Cut the Doorposts
After the putting underlayment down, place a board so that its edge runs along the side the post. Mark it and cut with a handsaw parallel to the floor to create a section that allows the board to fit under a post for a clean, professional look.
5. Install Flooring
Install the planks parallel to the longest wall. Note that the first board is the most important so position it so that its groove faces the wall and is against the corner of the room. Remember to allow for natural expansion and contraction by placing spacers between the board and the wall. Once all your boards are placed, clean the floor to make it shine.