Sell your home now by improving its value and making it more desirable in an over saturated real estate market. Installing a hardwood floor can be the trick to making your home stand out among the crowd. Best of all, its easier than your think and costs less than you can imagine.
Substrate is a big fancy word for the sub-floor that holds the floor up. A sub-floor or substrate-whatever you want to call it is the first surface that needs preparation for installing a hardwood floor.
Concrete floors should be separated from wood due to moisture and temperature fluctuations. It’s important to install a quality vapor barrier prior to installing a ¾” plywood sub-floor. This is attached with a ramset gun or other hard-cut nails to secure the tongue and groove plywood panels in place.
Wood floors are good to go. A simple vapor barrier should be used over unsealed crawlspaces, then attach the flooring.
You’ll defiantly need some specialty carpentry tools if you want to get the job done right. A miter saw, coping saw, undercut saw and jigsaw are all tools you’ll defiantly need to get a wood floor installed.
But don’t worry about buying all of these tools if you don’t have them. You can rent them from your local tool rental company for just dollars and hour, saving you big bucks.
Another essential rental tool is the floor nailer and nails. These flat but wide nails are set into the wood floorings tongue and groove edges at a 45 degree angle. A rubber mallet strikes the gun once it has been placed on the tongues edge. The machine does all the work of driving the alternating tongue and grooves tight together.
Last but not least, after the floor has been cut and nailed together with the rental tools, take them back and exchange them for a floor sander.
Going back and forth with the grain of the wood, sand down the wood flooring until you have an even and smooth plain between boards. Use finer grit paper until you’ve work a smooth as surface as possible.
A simple cotton mop and stain provides the desired coloring to the wood. A coat of urethane is then rolled on using a heavy napped roller cover and pole. Coats are lightly sanded and refinished with urethane until the desired smooth finish has been achieved.