There is nothing that influences the look of a room as much as flooring. Whether it is plush shag rugs or hardwood, it sets the tone for the entire room. Often the floors set the tone for the entire house. If you have purchased a house or are building your dream home, flooring is one of the most important choices. Hardwood flooring is becoming more popular than ever. The reason is obvious. Hardwood flooring gives an atmosphere to a home that no other flooring choice can. It is not cold and sterile like tile floors. It is not easily soiled like carpets. It gives a warm complex look to something that can be bland and boring.
There are many choices when it comes to flooring. The first is whether to do it yourself or hire someone to install it. Anyone can learn how to install hardwood floors. The second big decision is what kind of wood you want to lay.
Installing a hardwood floor is simple and theory but the devil is definitely in the details. The first step is to ensure the subfloor is level, true, and structurally sound. It should go without saying that all rubbish and debris from the old floor should be removed. Check with the manufacturer of your hardwood floor to see what underlayment needs to go down. Some systems will rest fine on a plywood subfloor; others require tar paper or some other intermediate layer. Flooring comes in several styles. The most common are square cut and tongue and groove. Whichever style you buy you will need to bring it in a few days before beginning installation. Remember, wood is a porous substance and it will expand and contract with changes in humidity. You want to have it to have a chance to adjust to the indoor humidity. Measure the room to ensure it is square. The first row of flooring should be edge nailed next to the starting wall where it will be covered by the baseboard. The next rows can be blind nailed. The final row will be put in place and edge nailed.
What kind of flooring you might buy is a matter of taste. Bamboo has a particular look and patina while hickory hardwood flooring has a completely different but equally attractive look. Hickory hardwood flooring has a different look than oak or maple. Get samples and imagine an entire room floored in your chosen material. You will be making your statement.