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DIY Timber Flooring Tips – Get The Facts!

By Matt Fuller

When you install your timber flooring, you need to consider the two types of hardwood floors: 1/ Pre-finished 2/ Unfinished. If you are looking for a fast install that is less labor intensive go for the pre-finished version. Further, the finish is already applied when you purchase the timber. For the full set of DIY instructions read on…

The unfinished product requires additional effort and skill preparing the timber as well as the need to acclimatize the panels. However, extra effort aside, any expert will always recommend the unfinished timber as the superior version. The unmistakable and stunning look of a beautifully installed solid timber floor in second to none.

When installing the pre-finished version, the quality of the end result comes down to how well the sub floor has been prepared, and whether any imperfections in the sub floor have been made level. Consult your local hardware store for the various thicknesses available in plywood which can be used as your sub floor.

Then the sub floor has been installed to a professional standard, resin paper should be used as a means to prevent any contact between the sub floor and the timber panels. Ensure you apply this practice and avoid any undue underfoot squeaking.

Another important step once the boards are in place is to buy or borrow a nail gun. In particular, a blind nailer is the specific version that will carry out this procedure.

Even so this next tip will seem unimportant at first, it’s crucial you start laying the first board with precision. Reason being is that if you make a slight error to start with, as you progress with the installation this minor error will become large and very hard to make correct.

Ensuring you allow additional timber flooring than the net estimate will ensure you have extra stock in case you make unexpected errors.

Applying the finish in the correct manner will seem like all your hard work was worth it. We suggest you practice on some left over panels before applying the finishing coats. We hope your next DIY project is a real success!

If you are considering starting a new DIY project or perhaps you just need advice, visit our carpet Brisbane website for various free resources and expert tips. Our carpet service also offers a mobile flooring service providing free quotes on carpet and timber flooring.

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