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Hardwood Floor Installation

Turn a dated room into a modern, sophisticated room by installing hardwood flooring.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Remove any Existing Carpet

If there's existing carpet, cut the carpet into pieces with a utility knife for easier removal. Roll it up and secure the bundle with duct tape.

Step 2: Remove the Trim Work

If you are saving the existing trim work to reinstall, carefully remove it using a small pry bar.

Step 3: Place the Underlayment

Start on the longest, straightest wall. Roll out the first two rows of underlayment and connect them along the edges using duct tape.

Step 4: Cut the Wood Floor Pieces

Make any necessary cuts in the wood flooring pieces using a circular saw or miter saw.

Step 5: Connect the Wood Pieces

Apply glue to the seams and connect the adjoining pieces together.

Step 6: Tighten the Seams

Use a tapping block and flooring mallet to ensure the seams are tight together.