Many people assume that they have to hire a professional contractor to install new floorboards; however, with patience and the help from friends or family, anyone can do it. Expect to spend at least two days installing floorboards in an average size room.
Before beginning this project, collect all the supplies needed in order to prevent wasting time with trips to the store mid-project.
- Tape measure
- Rolls of flooring (enough to cover the entire room)
- Electric staple gun
- Pneumatic floor stapler
- Heavy-duty rubber mallet
- Miter saw
- Power Drill
- Pilot bit
- Screwdriver bit
- 38.1mm wood screws
With supplies on-hand, it’s time to get started. Taking the time to prepare the space and install floorboards properly ensures longevity.
Prep the Room for the New Floors to Be Installed
Prior to installing new floorboards in any room, remove all remnants of the existing flooring, including hardwood, tile, carpeting, or any other flooring material, until the plywood base layer can be seen. Additionally, be sure to remove any trim and/or baseboards from the room before installing new flooring. If installing hardwood floors, let the new wood sit in the room for several days to allow them to adjust to the moisture level so that they are less likely to warp.
Install the Sub Floor
Start by laying out the base layer or floor felt that the material will rest on. Attach the floor felt to the floor with the staple gun every two to three feet.
Map Out the New Floor
Prior to attaching the floor to the ground, lay out the floorboards to determine exactly where each piece should be placed. Always start in the corner of the room and work in rows.
Install the New Flooring
Using a ruler, measure 12.7mm from the wall and mark this point with the pencil. Begin laying the floorboards from the pencil mark. After placing several pieces of flooring, return to the starting point and use the drill to make holes every two feet. Use the screwdriver to fasten the wood screws into each hole to secure the floor boards to the base layer. Continue this process to the other end of the wall. Depending on the length of the floor, the millet saw may be used to cut the end piece to fit against the wall.
Now that the first floorboards have been screwed into place, return to the starting point and use the rubber mallet to connect the boards side by side. Once several rows of floorboards have been installed, use the pneumatic stapler gun to securely fasten the new floor together. When the far wall has been reached, it may not be possible to use the pneumatic stapler without damaging the side wall. If this occurs, use the screwdriver to perform this task.
Finish the Floor
Once all the wood floorboards have been installed, it is time to sand them and apply several layers of finish.
Prior to installing new floorboards it is important for homeowners to do their homework. A number of online resources are available to offer supplies and advice. If installing a hardwood floor, owners may want to consider using refinished laminate flooring. Not only will it be less expensive, but also it will save owners from having to finish the wood themselves.