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How to Install Hardwood Floors in an Attic

Adding flooring to a newly remodeled attic can be a simple task. Learn how to install hardwood floors in your attic with these easy steps.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $5,000 - $10,000

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Lay Out the Underlayment

Vacuum the subfloor thoroughly, lay out underlayment and cut it to fit using a utility knife.

Use a chalk line to keep your boards square with respect to the walls.

Step 2: Cut and Install the End Boards

Using a miter saw, cut your end boards to size and install them along the wall at a distance of about 3/8" from the wall. You can cover the gap later with trim. Secure the boards using a nail gun.

Slide the next course of boards into place, staggering your seams and tapping with a rubber mallet.

Step 3: Secure the Boards to the Subfloor

As you work, use an angle nailer to secure the boards to the subfloor. Nail every six inches.

Tip: You can rent an angle nailer from a rental or home center, typically for about $50 a day.

Ease the last board into place with a cats paw and secure with a nail gun. You may have to cut the "tongue" off the board to make it fit.

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