Useful tips

How do you orient hardwood floors?

How do you orient hardwood floors?

The most common way to lay hardwood flooring is by aligning the planks parallel to the longest wall. Apart from a few exceptions like sagging joists, this is the preferred direction to lay wood floors because it aesthetically provides the best result.

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Why do you scrape floors?

Scraping floors as a means of finishing them is a gentler technique with a long history. And since it removes very little wood, scars from dragging furniture—aka patina—will be preserved.

What is underneath hardwood flooring?

The subfloor is what lies beneath the planks of solid or engineered hardwood flooring. It’s the foundation that provides a solid place for your hardwood to sit for years to come.

Should all wood floors run the same direction?

Structural Considerations Wood floors should always be laid perpendicular to floor joists—across rather that in between them. This will make the floors structurally sound and will help prevent the planks from separating, sagging or buckling. So, there is no right or wrong way to lay your wood flooring.

Is it OK to change direction of wood flooring between rooms?

It is not a great idea to change the direction of hardwood flooring from room to room because it causes a safety issue and also breaks up the harmony within your home. You should install your hardwood flooring to be perpendicular to the joists.

Is hand scraped flooring a fad?

It’s Trendy, But It’s Not New Hand scraping may be the latest craze in home design, but its roots actually go back many years. Before the days when we had machines to fashion wood planks, those planks had to be sawed and finished by hand, which as you can imagine often left them uneven.

What is floor scraping?

Scraping the floor ensures that it is smooth and clear, ready for resurfacing. A floor scraper is also a useful tool for removing carpet staples from plywood and particle-wood floors. The blade of the scraper will shear off some staples and pull out others.

What goes between subfloor and hardwood?

Paper or felt are two materials that are traditionally installed between hardwood flooring and the subfloor. These materials help minimize squeaking that may occur between the bottom of the floorboards and the top of the subfloor.

Do you need a subfloor under hardwood?

When planning your installation, it’s important to keep in mind that a solid hardwood floor is only as good as its subfloor. A proper subfloor will be the unsung hero of your solid hardwood investment, while the wrong subfloor will cause you problems.