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How to Install Unfinished Wood Floors

How to Install Unfinished Wood Floors

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January 8, 2007

When you first look at how to install unfinished wood floors, the project may seem a little bit daunting to the average homeowner.  It really is not all that difficult, though, especially if you select wood flooring that uses a click and lock connection system rather than nails or glue.

How to Install Unfinished Wood Floors

Start the process of how to install wood floors by making sure the underlying surface is smooth, level and free of debris.  Apply an underlayment layer to provide extra cushioning and protection to the wood flooring as it flexes, expands and contracts.  Once the flooring has acclimated to the interior environment for about 48 hours you can start laying it down.  Use a chalk line or laser line to get the first sections square and then add on from there.

After the floor is in place you are ready to apply finish.  Depending on your preferences, you may choose to stain and then apply a top coat finish or just use the top coat finish and leave the wood its natural color.  The top coat finish goes on in several layers, and each layer must be completely dry and sanded before applying the next layer.  Spread the finish smoothly and carefully, applying thin layers rather than thick layers.  You will get much better results if you take the time to apply several thinner layers rather than rushing through fewer layers that are thick.  Now that you have a bit more information about how to install unfinished wood floors you may decide it's a project you want to tackle on your own.

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