5 expert flooring tips from Marc Husband
Hello! I’m Marc Husband, an employee at Leader Floors, and I’m writing this blog to give you some of the must-not-forget tips if you are to get your new home flooring just right.
- Lay your floors for strength
By laying your floorboards perpendicular to your joist, you’ll maximise the strength of your floor and reduce the likelihood of any long term warping or separation.
- Make sure the floor surface is level
Don’t install wood flooring of any type until you’ve made sure the subfloor is level. Voids underneath the floorboards will leave you with a squeaky floor.
- If necessary lay a subfloor
If you intend to nail rather than glue your floor down, a subfloor will need to be laid. The floor’s total thickness – including the plywood – will need to be enough to receive the nails.
- Follow the directions for your adhesive
Different adhesive brands come with different drying times, making it necessary to glue your floor accordingly. By working in small sections, you can avoid any of your adhesive drying before you are able to cover it.
- Give your floor appropriate protection
When you are applying a stain to your wood floors, you should remember that it is there to give your wood colour or tone – it isn’t supposed to be protective. For the latter role, a further layer of polyurethane or protective coating will be necessary.
By taking these tips on board, we’re sure that you’ll be able to achieve the floor of your dreams!
Let us know how you get on in the comments section below.