What Tools Do I Need For Laying Solid Wood Flooring?

Approaching the task of laying solid wood flooring can make even the most seasoned DIY fan feel a little lost. There's a lot at stake when it comes to fitting this beautiful product in your home, especially as laying it wrong can come back to haunt you in the future. To help get you on the right path to fantastic floors we've looked at the tools you need for laying solid wood flooring, from your own hands to the nail in the final plank of wood.

First things first

The first, and most important, tool that is necessary when laying solid wood flooring in your home is patience. The first step to perfect floors is allowing sufficient time for your floorboards to acclimatise to the conditions in your home. This means allowing them to rest in the room they are due to be fitted it, for as long as the manufacturer recommends.

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You will also need a lot of patience when it comes to installing solid wood flooring, as the process requires a few steps until completion, all of which take time.

Before laying solid wood floor

Once the boards have acclimatised you can start the process of laying your solid wood floor, but you will have to prepare first. Once you've made sure your sub floor is level, ensure it is as clean as it can possibly be by hoovering, sweeping, mopping and allowing to air dry.

Don't try to tackle this as a quick task. The chances are that you'll be spending a long time on your knees, so invest in knee pads to allow you to so without pain. You'll also be around a lot of sawdust and listening to loud power tools so get hold of a dust mask, safety goggles and some ear defenders for when things start getting messy.

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The necessary equipment

From measuring to gluing there are a few different tools you'll need for laying solid wood flooring. To help you get to grips with the exact items here's our must have list:

  • Tape measure and pencil - for measuring and marking boards.
  • Mitre saw - for trimming boards.
  • Glue adhesive - to keep your boards flat to the sub floor.
  • Trowel - for applying glue adhesive.
  • Flooring sealer - to keep moisture away from your wood floors.
  • Underlay - if you plan to use floating floors then we recommend underlay.
  • Nails and nail-gun - for fastening to wooden sub floors and for attaching trim.
  • Rubber hammer - for knocking any stubborn boards into place.

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Once you have the necessary equipment you will be all set to install your brand new solid wood flooring. Other equipment you may need for completing the installation includes varnish and applicators for the varnish. We recommend sealing your solid wood floors with varnish to make sure they're protected from scuffs and light water damage. A minimum three coats of varnish is recommended, though for areas with high amounts of foot traffic a fourth coat is required.

How did you get on with laying your solid wood flooring? Let us know in the comments.

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