Ready To Put In New Hardwood Floors? 3 Ways To Prepare Your Home

Posted on: 13 December 2019

When it comes to installing new hardwood floors, there is some prep work you need to do to get your floors ready. Doing this prep work will make the actual installation process smoother.

Take Off Your Baseboards

If you have baseboards that run around the base of the rooms where you want to install your new hardwood floors, you are going to need to remove the baseboards before installing the hardwood floors. It is better to remove the baseboards than it is to undercut the hardwood floors and run the flooring up to the edge of the baseboard.

To remove the baseboard, you are going to want to take a sharp utility knife and score around the top of the baseboards. This will help cut the seal between the paint and baseboard. Once you score the top of the baseboards, you are going to use a small pry bar to pull the baseboard away from the wall. If you do this carefully, you will be able to pull the baseboard from the wall and reuse it later.

Remove the Current Flooring

Next, you need to remove the current floors that you have in place. How much effort this will take depends upon what type of flooring you have.

If you have carpets, you can just start at one corner and pull up the carpets. You will likely need to use some pliers to remove the tack strips as well as the underlayment that is underneath your carpet.

If you have other types of flooring, it can be a little more work to remove the carpet. For example, if you have vinyl flooring or another type of hardwood flooring, you will need to remove the flooring and the particle board under the flooring, which may require removing nails as well as staples.

Check the Subfloor

After you remove the current flooring in anticipation of installing new hardwood floors, you need to then spend some time checking the subfloor to make sure that it is really ready for the hardwood flooring installation process.

Make sure all the nails and staples have been pulled out of the floor. One easy trick to check and make sure that all nails and staples have been removed is to take something with a flat, hard edge, and run it across your subfloor. Every time you hit something, stop and inspect the floor, removing whatever your sharp edge hit.

If you are getting hardwood floors installed in your home, you can cut down on the installation costs by removing the baseboards, pulling up the current flooring, and making sure the subfloor is free of nails and staples.

For more information, contact a resource like Floorcoverings of Marin County.


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