Top Tips for Installing Wood Flooring

Choosing the best type of flooring for your home can be confusing. In my day job I get to see inside a lot of people’s homes. This means that quite often I take inspiration from their homes. 

For example, one house I work in has a beautiful bathroom. They have a freestanding bath that looks so elegant along with cute, little plants lining the windowsill. It looks beautiful. 

In another house, their living room is based upon a ‘country cottage style’. They have wooden beams, beautiful wood flooring and an open fire place. It’s very cosy and warm. 

Taking inspiration from homes means that I get to have fun planning what I’d like my home to be like when I eventually buy my perfect house. One thing I know for sure is that I really want solid wood flooring.

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Having done a lot of research into this type of flooring, I thought I’d share my top tips for installing wood flooring with you.

Choose the right type of wood

There is plenty of choice available with a variety of different finishes and patterns, but by far the most important thing to look for when deciding what type of wood to go for is that it’s durable. After all, you don’t want to spend money for it not to last. Solid wood flooring is made up of several single planks of hardwood. This is then cut to the desired length, width and thickness. It’s one of the reasons why solid wood flooring is so durable. You can choose from oak wood, maple, acacia, walnut, among others. Each one gives a different look.

Benefits of real wood flooring

Once you know the type of solid wood flooring you want, you can start looking into the installation process. As mentioned above, solid wood flooring is durable, but it also looks great too. There are lots of different shades and patterns to choose from depending on what you’re after. You could opt for a more distressed look, or perhaps something more modern. Either way, solid wood flooring is a great option. It’s strong so it can take the impact of falling objects, it provides greater stability, plus it’s resistant to cracks, splitting and warping as well as wear and damage from insects. In addition, solid wood floors accept finishes and paints better, which means your floor will stay looking good for a long time.

Installation

  1. Prepare the floor that your solid wood flooring is going onto. Make sure it’s clean and dry, but most importantly flat.
  2. Always read the instructions that come with your solid wood flooring carefully to ensure you understand them 
  3. Make sure you have the correct equipment
  4. Install your wood floor in the correct direction, but also be sure to leave an ‘expansion gap’ that runs around the whole length of the room. This is to give the floor room to expand. If you don’t do this, the floor can become damaged. 
  5. Lastly, always make sure you look after your new solid wood flooring. Clean it regularly to help it stay looking its best. Use a wooden floor cleaning spray and mop for best results.

Do you have solid wood flooring? How did you find installing it? Let me know in the comments below!

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