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Installing Hardwoods

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Tools & Materials

Hardwood flooring
Construction adhesive
Bi-level molding
Baby threshold or end cap

Getting Started

TIP: Hardwood floors can last a lifetime if properly installed.

To prevent warping, acclimate boards to installation space for 1 to 5 days prior to installation.

For thermal insulation and sound and moisture control, put underlayment over subfloor with moisture barrier side on top.

Snap chalk line for aligning first row of boards.


Install boards randomly.

TIP: To keep seams from lining up row to row, offset board ends by at least 6 inches.

As you lay boards, pull from several cartons to mix color, grain, and tone.

Wrapping Up

To transition between level wood and tile floors, use T-molding.

TIP: Leave expansion gap and glue molding to tile only to allow wood flooring to expand and contract.

To drop to lower level, install bi-level reducer.

To transition to carpet, install baby threshold or end cap.