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.

Finishing. After 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.