Timeless and elegant, what’s not to love about real wood flooring? What’s best is the fact that laying and installing it is actually quite simple, and a good home improvement project for DIY enthusiasts.
If you’re planning to redo your home and install real wood flooring, here’s what you need to know, a few tips and tricks to help you make the right choice and install it like a pro!
Installation Do’s and Don’ts
When it comes to installing real wood flooring, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.
- Keep the measurements in mind, especially when you’re purchasing the flooring. If you’re picking a type that reacts to humidity, you might want to also leave half an inch of the gap, and then conceal it with base moulding.
- When laying the flooring, start with the longest side and start laying it lengthwise.
- It is also a good idea to order 10% more than what you really need. This is because when it comes to installing real wood flooring, there is approximately 7-10% wastage due to planks being damaged during installation or due to cuts or even measurement errors.
- If you’re opting for hardwood flooring, you might also want to use an underlayment product to help reduce sound, provide insulation and even protect from moisture.
Choosing Real Wood Flooring
Now that you know about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to installing it, it’s time to help you make the right choice when you’re out there choosing.
- Pick a colour that’s neutral and elegant and adds character to your room. For low traffic rooms, light and pale colours are perfect, while warmer, honey tones are great for large, open spaces that you want to lend a cosy feel to.
- Keep the durability in mind- hardwoods like oak, maple and cherry are the best since they are extremely long-lasting. This also makes them more expensive no doubt, but they are a great pick if you’re looking to install the flooring for a longer duration.
- When picking the hardwood flooring, you’ll also need to think about the finish you’re looking for- some kinds come ready with the finish, while others have the option for you to add the finish later on site. If you pick one of those, you can opt for a glossy, matte or mid-sheen finish depending on your personal preference.
- In addition, you might also want to check and consider the length and width of the boards- are you opting for narrow floorboards or wider ones? Remember that wider and longer boards will make your space appear bigger, and they also look more traditional than the broader ones.