Planning a new hardwood floor is part figuring out which type of hardwood to install and what color to install in your home and then who to install the floor! Most people spend a lot of time on the type of hardwood and the color because they want the end result to look really nice of course and create the right look and atmosphere in their home and match it with their existing furniture. For most consumers this is the tough part and they give little consideration to the actual installation. They assume that the installer knows his business and will do a good job completing the installation. Sometimes the store were you purchase the hardwood will recommend an installer that they like to deal with. This is probably your best choice since he is associated with the store and you can take advantage of this relationship if there is any kind of problem with the installation itself.

Consumers may want to learn more about the installation so that they can save themselves some money and also ensure that they are totally happy with the installation when it is completed. For example the biggest complaint that many people have after their floor is installed is about the squeaks the floor makes when you walk across it. As the floor dries out the floor will move a little bit and gaps sometimes form. When a person walks across the floor, the wood will move and make that squeaking noise that can be irritating to some and add character for others. There are methods consumers can use to minimize the squeaks.

Wood Flooring Installation – Eliminate Squeaking Floors

You can never reduce or eliminate all of the squeaking, but you can certainly reduce the amount of squeaking if you take appropriate steps to make sure that the sub floor is strong enough to support the wood floor that is being installed and that the sub floor is securely nailed to the joists below. For example your sub floor should be at least 5/8 inches in thickness to support the hardwood floor and also hold the nails that will be used to nail the wood floor to it. Assuming that the thickness is sufficient, consumers should make sure that the sub floor is nailed to the joists securely with a nail every 12 inches to make sure there is no opportunity for the sub floor to move.

If your sub floor is not sufficient thickness, you may have to add additional sub floor and nail it to the existing sub floor. Adding an additional sub floor layer and then the hardwood floor on top of that adds additional height to the floor which can be a problem when matching to other floors in other rooms. Consumers should take this into account when they are making their decisions and discuss these requirements with the hardwood flooring stores. There are products that can be purchased that will bridge between floors and gradually slope from one floor to the other to provide a more gradual interface instead of an abrupt step from one floor to another.

Discuss How the Floor Will be Laid Out with the Installer

Discuss this issue and others with your flooring provider before you arrange for hardwood flooring installation. Also before the installer begins his installation, discuss how he plans to lay the floor out. A key decision is for the grain of the wood or the planks of the wood to be lain across the joists in the floor rather than in the same direction of the joists.  You may have to confirm by looking in the basement to see which direction they are running. Also the boards should run the length of the hall rather than across a hall. This makes the room look larger when viewed from the beginning or entry point into the hall.

All of the above items that were discussed  are easy to control and implement. It can make a huge difference in your long-term enjoyment of your new hardwood floor.