Prefabricated hardwood floors are very popular among many homeowners because it is a product that they can install on their own. They are also more affordable than most custom hardwood flooring products. With a cheaper cost per square foot, and not having to pay on contractor to install the product, you can save a considerable amount by installing prefabricated hardwood floors. This article will explain how you can install your own floors some basic tools and safety equipment.
Protect your Knees and Back with Kneepads
The great thing about installing prefabricated floors is that you do not necessarily need to be adept at construction. Most importantly, you want to make sure you are able to handle the physical aspect of the labor. Installing floors requires a lot of lifting and bending over. This can be very tiring on your back and knees. You can save your body a lot of stress by investing in kneepads and a basic back brace for the installation.
A Simple Miter Saw
Luckily, you do not need a lot of expensive and hard to find tools to handle the installation. The most heavy duty piece of equipment that you will need is a miter saw. However, it does not need to be a particularly large miter saw. Usually, a 10" miter saw is big enough to cut most prefabricated floors, unless you buy a product with planks that are over 10" wide. You can easily rent a miter saw for less than $50 a day. Depending on the size of your home, the installation should only take 2 to 5. You do not need to invest in an compound miter saw (one that can cut angles) unless you have angled or rounded walls.
Tricks for Installation
The key to getting the most accurate cuts when installing hardwood floors is to have two people. One person will man the saw while the other is on the floor, putting the planks in place. The person on the floor will take measurements and yell them out to the worker on the saw. This will save you a lot of time and backache because you will not need to run back and forth between the saw and the floor. Keep the saw in the room you are doing the installation to further streamline the process. To install the planks you just need a rubber mallet to knock the tongue into the groove. Some planks will snap right into place, but others will require a few solid hits with the mallet to snap them into place.
With the right tools and safety equipment, you can easily install your own hardwood floors with the help of a friend. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Alpine Wood Flooring Inc.