To go full DIY on any home improvement project is to go on an adventure. It might not always be smooth sailing, but it will always be exciting. That latter part is certainly for sure, whatever the project. So if you ever choose to go down that route, you better be ready for anything.

Dallas Hardwood Floors
Dallas Hardwood Floors

Like when you decide to go DIY with installing your hardwood flooring. Hardwood is one of the most popular materials used for flooring and with good reason. It offers several benefits that few other materials can match. Hardwood Floors Dallas looks great and is durable at the same time. 

But what’s the process of installing it on a DIY basis? How do you go about it if it’s solely on your own? Check out your DIY guide to hardwood installation.

Tools

  • Tape Measure
  • Pry Bar
  • Drill Bits
  • Ear Protection
  • Staple Gun
  • Variable Speed Drill
  • Hammer
  • Chop Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Chalk Line
  • Nail Set
  • Safety Goggles

Materials

  • Hardwood
  • Modular Porch System Kit
  • Pneumatic Flooring Package
  • Vapor Barrier Paper
  • Wood Putty

The Process

This is the process that you need to follow for a successful DIY installation of your hardwood flooring:

STEP #1 – Choose the Hardwood

The first step is to choose the hardwood species and board widths that will be used for the DIY installation.

STEP #2 – Measure the Space

You’ll need to measure the space the hardwood will be installed. If it’s your bedroom, measure its length and width to get the area. 

STEP #3 – Check Out the Sub-Floor

Next, check out the sub-floor. You need to make sure that the floor is not squeaky. If there is, screw a long drywall screw into the joist and sub-floor where the squeaking is. 

STEP #4 – Start Rolling Out the Vapor Barrier Paper

Start rolling out the strip of vapor barrier paper. You’ll have to allow an overlap of at least 4”. Staple it securely to the sub-floor.

STEP #5 – Start With the Installation Process

Start installing at the longest unobstructed wall in the room. The shoe molding needs to be removed and a chalk line that’s ⅜” from the baseboard needs to be made.

STEP #6 – Place the Boards

Start placing the boards. Choose a long one for the first row. Align the board’s edge with the clark line. Drill holes through the hardwood plank and into the sub-floor and joist. 

STEP #7 – Hand Nail Each of the Rolls

Once the first few rows are installed, drill pilot holes into the tongue of each board. Hand nail the rolls until enough clearance is achieved for the pneumatic nail gun.

STEP #8 – Staple the Boards

Use the pneumatic nail gun and then strike firmly using the mallet to drive the staple into the hardwood plank’s tongue. 

STEP #9 – Cut the Baseboard

Choose a piece that’s going to fit and leave 10 to 12 inches before cutting it off. The other piece should be used for the start of the next row.

STEP #10 – Fill the Gaps

Always cut the wall end of the wood so that the groove that fits to the tongue is not cut off.

STEP #11 – Put the Last Board Into Place

Fit the last board into place but leave a ⅜” gap at the end wall. This space is for expansion and contraction purposes.

STEP #12 – Fill All the Holes With Wood Putty

Fill any holes using wood putty. Just make sure that the putty matches the flooring. Wipe away any excess.

To fully complete your DIY guide to hardwood installation, you only need to make sure that you practice proper hardwood flooring maintenance.

Your DIY Guide to Hardwood Installation