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Install hardwood flooring

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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
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    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
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A beautiful, well-maintained hardwood floor lends elegance, character and value to a home's interior. Its durability, warmth and timeless charm make hardwood a popular flooring option.

Hardwood comes in unfinished or prefinished strips. Opting for prefinished strips eliminates the need for sanding, staining or varnishing.

Laying hardwood flooring strips involves patience and dexterity, which is why this work is often carried out by professional installers, but an experienced do-it-yourselfer will find all the necessary instructions in this guide to carry out this project successfully.


Tools and materials required


  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Tapping block
  • Nail set
  • Chalk line
  • Hammer or pneumatic nailer
  • Level
  • Crowbar
  • Measuring tape
  • Mitre saw
  • Screws


  • Finishing screw nails
  • Non-tarred felt paper
  • Drill
  • Hardwood boards

Before Assembly


Before installing hardwood flooring, ensure that the subfloor is perfectly level and firmly fastened to the floor joists. Add screws if necessary, to help prevent the floor creaking.


Calculate the surface area and allow an additional 5% for cutting and waste. We therefore recommend buying 5-10% extra material.

Allow the wood to acclimate to its new surroundings by exposing it to the temperature of the room for several days before installation. Open at least three boxes to check the planks for uniformity.

Cut the bottom of door frames to be able to insert the planks. Remove all edgings, baseboards and quarter-rounds, as well as door thresholds.

Never tap the boards directly with a hammer; use a tapping block so as not to damage the wood.

Vacuum the floor regularly to keep the area free of dust and dirt as you work.


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