When installing hardwood floors, there are a few common mistakes that people make. These mistakes can cause problems down the road, so it's important to be aware of them and take steps to avoid them. Let’s take a look at five of the most common installation mistakes and how you can avoid them. Let's get started!

5 Common Installation Mistakes with Hardwood Floors (and How You Can Avoid Them)

One of the most common mistakes people make when installing hardwood floors is not taking the time to properly acclimate the wood. Real wood floors need to be acclimated, or adjusted, to the temperature and humidity levels in your home before it is installed. This process allows the wood to expand and contract as needed so that it doesn't warp or cup after it's installed. To properly acclimate hardwood, place it in the room where it will be installed and let it sit for at least 72 hours.

Another common mistake is not using the proper installation tools and methods. This can lead to problems like uneven boards or gaps between boards. If you're not sure how to properly install hardwood floors, it's best to hire a professional.

Not cleaning and preparing the subfloor is another common mistake. The subfloor needs to be clean, level, and free of any debris before you start installing hardwood floors. If the subfloor isn't prepared properly, it can cause the hardwood to warp or cup.

Not using the proper nails or screws is another mistake that can cause problems down the road. Make sure you're using the proper size nails or screws for the type of hardwood you're installing.

Finally, not allowing for expansion and contraction can also cause problems. Wood expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. You need to leave a gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for this expansion and contraction. If you don't, the hardwood can buckle or warp.

Hardwood Floor Installation with Quest Interiors

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your hardwood floors are installed properly and will last for many years to come. If you have any questions about hardwood floor installation, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help!

Installing hardwood floors can be a big job, but it's worth it in the end. By following these tips, you can avoid common mistakes and have beautiful, long-lasting hardwood floors.

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