DIY is a great flooring installation method. It teaches you a whole new skill and gives you the satisfaction of making something with your hands that your whole family will enjoy for decades to come. That being said, even the most prepared DIYers can encounter hiccups in the installation process; such is the nature of the beast.
But can installation issues be fixed should you encounter them? The short answer: it depends. E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online, discusses a few common issues that may be encountered by the DIYer and the remedies—or preventative measures—they should take below.
Peaking refers to the process in which wood floors warp against one another, resulting in ridges near where the planks separate. It can be caused by a number of installation errors. For example, if the flooring doesn’t have enough room to expand and contract laterally with the humidity, it will expand upwards instead.
The good news is that this problem tends to be fixable—if it’s isolated, and if you find the root of the issue and remedy it. Depending on the type of hardwood flooring you have, this may mean cutting more room under the baseboards to allow for expansion.
Are your planks looking a little crooked or cluttered? While you may be able to cut a bit of solid hardwood flooring to even things out or surreptitiously cover the strange area with a rug, this is a problem that’s far better dealt with preventatively.
“Racking,” as the planning and layout process is called in professional flooring spheres, helps to ensure that everything looks nice when fully installed. In short, it involved laying down your vinyl plank flooring or the like in full before nailing, fastening, or gluing it. This allows you a good look at the final picture before you commit to it.
A few creaks are normal, but if you’re being serenaded by your prefinished hardwood flooring at every step, something definitely went wrong with your installation job. Excessive noise can be caused by poor subfloor prep, though something as simple as a temperature change or as structural as ailing joists can also bring about the problem—so it isn’t always your fault.
Regardless, it’s also something best tackled preventatively before the installation in the form of thorough subfloor preparation. Check out our blog on the subject, “All About Subfloors,” to learn more.
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