Expert flooring tips
Flooring DIY can take longer, and it is necessary to expect some messing up when doing it for the first time. With mess-ups comes the need to buy more materials, which adds in cost. But you can do a simple DIY Sacramento flooring installation on your own, quickly and perfectly, because there are several guides available online today.
Here are some tips for expert Sacramento flooring installation:
1. Lay the floor for strength: People laying floorboards for aesthetic reasons do it lengthwise. However, for purposes of making your floor strong and to prevent wrapping or separating in those pieces after a while, lay the floor perpendicular to your joist.
2. Start with a level surface: The subfloor should be level. You can top up the subfloor with sand and top the floor with a rubber underlayment made from recycled materials to make it level. Ensure that there are no voids in the underneath because that could make the floor to squeak.
A subfloor is needed when you want to nail the wooden floor but if you want to glue it, leveling is all what is needed. If nailing is desired, ensure that the thickness of the flooring and the plywood is enough to contain the nails.
If using adhesives, ensure to understand the drying time of the adhesive brand. Working in small sections ensures you don’t spread more adhesive than needed.
3. Use inexpensive floating floors: These are easy to use and do not need nails or glue. They would also work great if the old flooring has asbestos on it. You can lay them on the old flooring without removing the asbestos.
4. Try engineered wood on damp areas: If you are doing Sacramento flooring installation for the first time, understand that basements and some areas can have issues due to a higher moisture around or in them. Engineered-wood flooring is a great choice for these areas because it has a surface made of water-resistant materials (real wood is attached to multiple, thin layers of plywood or fiberboard).
5. Dealing with stain: Wood is unpredictable when it comes to staining and it is important to test the stain on a small inconspicuous area or on a sample piece of wood before applying. Make sure you are satisfied with results.
Finally, be sure to protect the floors by applying another layer of protective coating or polyurethane when staining because stain will only add color or tone the wood.