Solid hardwood flooring is durable, warm, and easy to clean and look beautiful. It is also relatively easy to install, especially if you put it over a solid subfloor, such as hardboard panels as well as over the studs. You can even lay the floorboards over concrete, but make sure you put a steam-proof barrier over the concrete to prevent moisture from damaging the wood.
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Laying solid hardwood flooring apartment in the room it should be installed for five to seven days to adapt to moisture in the air. Remove skirting boards, if laying floors in an old house, by gently prying them off the wall with a wide chisel or pinch bar. If laying floors in a new house, these boards will not have been installed yet. If the room is not square, you will need to figure out how to handle this. One way is to lose pieces of wood at one end of the room. If only one wall is out of square, make your starting line along the square wall.
If laying your solid hardwood flooring over a solid subfloor, place a steam barrier across the subfloor at right angles to the direction of the floorboards. Overlapping each piece about 4 inches and stapling to the subfloor with a staple gun. Place the first board next to the starting line. Nail the first strip in each floor rails, starting at the center of the length of the board and working toward the ends. If nailing over a solid subfloor, also nail the board once to the subfloor between the slats rows. When nailing, surface nails on the far side of the length of the first board as this will be covered by the skirting board / bottom plate.
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