Installation of Your Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring
The Required Preparations
Once you have purchased your Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring, you can't just go
ahead an install it at the soonest possible time. Since wood changes with the weather, it would be best to place it
in the room where it is to be installed, just to get it used to the humidity of the area. After a week or two, the
wood would have adjusted, and you'll be ready to go.
While waiting for the wood to adjust, you may want to take a look and see if all the
wood that was delivered is of the best quality. Inspect each piece and note if the pieces fit seamlessly. Take time
to do this, as once the pieces are installed, there will be no going back to the merchant with complaints about
Also check to see if you have the following materials for the installation of your
Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring:
Extra pieces of flooring – some pieces will be cut up, and some cutting may
end up as wastage. Have a few pieces ready, as this will help in making sure that you are able to get the
work done, and that you have extra pieces should you need to replace any slats in the future.
Plywood for underlayment – this is very important as it also helps in
determining the lifespan of the hardwood floor. This is also to prevent the squeaks that plague the other
15lb black roofing paper – this is also for underlayment, but it is used to
capture moisture and soften whatever other squeaks may exist.
A nail or cleat gun – 90lbs per square inch should be sufficient strength for
the gun. Any more, and the cleats may stick in too tightly. If this happens, the expansion of the flooring
during the changes in temperature may be constricted. This could cause cracks and shorten the life of your
beautiful Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring.
The installation process consists mainly of placing the hardwood floor and nailing it
firmly into place. It would be a good idea to tap the flooring with a rubber mallet before nailing it permanently
into place. Make sure to install the floor slats perpendicular to the floor joists below.
Proper care must be given to the flooring during installation. Since the whole
process is an investment, it would be best to hire the professionals to do the installation for you. This will help
you avoid any grief that you may have should you damage the wooden flooring during the installation process.