Traditional Hardwood Flooring
Before hardwood floors can be installed, all furniture must be
removed from the home. Sub-floors may also need to be leveled to
prevent waves and squeaks in the new hardwood floor.
Installation. Solid strip
flooring is factory pre-cut with tongues and grooves so that when it is
installed, each strip interlocks with its immediate neighbors. This
design hides all surface nails, except for the ones in the first line
of strips and in the last two or three lines of strips in the run. Wood
floors should be securely nailed in place to prevent annoying squeaks.
Sanding. Before sanding,
plastic should be taped around doorways, ceiling fans, and heating
vents. Protruding nails should be set so that they do not damage the
sander, and metal grates should be removed from the floor. Sanding is
an important step because it smooths the surface of the wood, which
creates an even floor with no bumps.
installation and sanding, traditional hardwood floors are finished in
the home. Dust should be thoroughly cleaned from the home, because it
can stick to finishes. Depending on the type of finish, the number of
coats will vary.