All of our hardwood floors come with detailed fitting instructions. It is extremely important that you read these carefully before installing your floor. The instructions are there to help you to get the best possible results from your new wooden floor.
Another thing to think about when installing wood flooring is `how busy is the area?` Some species of wood are more hardwearing than others.
But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn`t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance.
The reason you need to do this is to give your hardwood flooring space to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. If you fail to leave an expansion gap your flooring will have no space to expand and can easily become damaged.
For basements and apartments with concrete subfloors, engineered flooring offers an installation advantage. Whereas solid wood is generally installed over one or two layers of plywood, which can raise the height of a floor and interfere with existing doors or marginally reduce ceiling height, engineered flooring can be glued directly to concrete, or over a soundproofing mat.
You may also want to consider the shape and size of the room. If you have a smaller room, installing wood flooring along the length can make the room look bigger. One rule that you must follow, if you are nailing the floor to existing floorboards, is to fit the flooring perpendicular to the floorboards. This will help to give strength to the flooring and keep everything stable.