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Hardwood Flooring Placement ? Staggering Results

Hardwood Flooring Placement ? Staggering Results

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December 18, 2007

Proper hardwood flooring placement is critical if you want to avoid problems in later years.  Placement refers to both the design placement of the flooring planks or parquet pieces and the placement of each piece in relation to the next piece.  There are several methods used for hardwood floor placement such as nailing or gluing, but in every case the placement of each piece is important for floor durability.

Hardwood flooring can be laid on a number of different kinds of subfloors.  Each type of subfloor requires different installation methods though.  Most solid wood is nailed while engineered wood flooring can be nailed or glued.  If you are placing hardwood flooring on a concrete floor, you'll need to lay a vapor barrier to prevent moisture seepage.  Some people lay concrete board over wood subfloor when they can afford it, because it virtually eliminates all moisture problems.  Concrete board is the same material used in shower and tub enclosures.  You can also cover the subfloor with 15 pound asphalt felt.

Hardwood Flooring Placement

Hardwood flooring placement means planks are normally staggered to increase floor strength and enhance the appearance.   An end joint on one piece is 6 inches from the end joint on the adjacent plank.   When you set hardwood flooring parquet tiles you don't have to worry about staggering the pieces.

Placing hardwood flooring can be mastered by the homeowner, though many people choose to hire a flooring contractor.  Before you start your installation, make sure you have removed anything in the way such as baseboards.  The next step is to lay down the vapor barrier of your choice.  How you choose to place your flooring depends on the area where the flooring is being placed.  Unless you're creating a geometric design, the flooring will be placed in the same direction in a room.  It can change direction where a new hallway or room begins.

To make sure you're going to like how the floor will look, you can lay a few rows down and visually inspect the final effect.  In a hallway, you'll normally place your hardwood flooring planks parallel to the wall.  In a room you have a choice depending upon whether you want the room to look larger or smaller.

When placing your rows of flooring, you can keep a straight line by using a chalk line.  As you lay a new plank down, tap the board into the piece next to it with a soft mallet or anther piece of flooring.

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