Lowe’s Hardwood Flooring Installation
Like many hardware stores, a hardwood flooring installation service is also offered by Lowe’s. While it is likely to add significantly to the price of your project, this may sound convenient. It is really not that difficult to do the job by yourself, if you want to save a few hundred dollars –depending on the size of the area you are covering, the actual price of a fully installed floor will be varied. It is a relatively straightforward DIY project once you have got all the necessary equipment together and make sure you understand the process.
Things you will need: Moisture test kit, Hardwood floor planks, Broom, Safety Glasses, Pry bar, Underlayment, Spacers, Wood glue, Hammer, Tapping block, Tape measure, Say, Dust mask and also Knee pads.
Instructions for Lowe’s hardwood flooring installation:
- Before purchasing the flooring, the moisture level of your sub floor should be checked first with a moisture test kit, according to Lowe’s hardwood flooring installation. To establish the best underlayment and hardwood planks for your installation, the moisture level you record needs to be discussed with a Lowe’s associate.
- The flooring must be placed in the room where it will go, and before beginning the installation, let it rest for at least 72 hours to allow it to acclimatize to the ambient heat and moisture levels.
- Take a broom, the sub floor should be swept by it to prepare it for the installation.
- Your hardwood boards should be better inspected for any defects. You will typically find that around 5 percent of the boards will be unusable and should be discarded, according to Lowe’s. Just contact a Lowe’s associate if you find that over 5 percent of your boards are unusable.
- With a pry bar and hammer, any baseboard and shoe molding or trim should be removed from the walls. As you will be reinstalling it later, be careful not to tear or rip out the material.
- The underlayment should be installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions; do not forget to put on safety glasses during the process. To see if it needs to be secured to the floor in any way, simply refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the underlayment. An adhesive side which needs to be stuck to the floor is coming with some underlayment products. The underlayment should be laid in the same direction as the planks.
- The first piece of flooring must be laid along a straight wall with the groove facing out into the room. Create an expansion gap between the plank and the wall by using spacers. An expansion gap will allow your planks room to move without damaging you floor, as real wood expands and contracts with temperature and moisture level changes.
- Take glue, which needs to be applied to the tongue of another piece of flooring, and insert it into the groove of the plank you have just laid. A nylon tapping block need to be placed at the end of the plank you have just laid and make sure it is firmly in place by simply strike it with a hammer.
- If it won’t accommodate a full-length plank, the space the end of the first row should be measured. This length must be marked on a piece of flooring and be cut with a saw to fit.
- When you start the second row and repeat the process for laying the first, ensure there is a gap of at least 6 inches between the boards you lay.
- When you reach the other side of the room, the final row should be cut to fit.
- Lastly, the spacers should be removed before you place the transition strips into the expansion gap and install or replace any base boards or shoe molding.
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