Wood Flooring Installation: Common Mistakes You Can Avoid

The popularity of wood flooring in Vancouver is well known. But many flooring experts are also familiar with how DIY enthusiasts make mistakes when they attempt to install wood flooring on their own. If you’re going to do this yourself, you need to do some research first. You can start by reading on, and making sure you don’t forget about these well-known mistakes committed during wood flooring installation.

Don’t Install It on an Under-Floor Heating System

Most experts agree that this is the most frequently committed error made by DIY enthusiasts when they’re installing their wood flooring. Thus, this is the first mistake you have to remember to avoid. The only time you can do this is when the manufacturer’s instructions specifically say you can install it over your under-floor heating system.

When you commit this mistake, the results aren’t pretty. Soon enough, your wood flooring will show glaring defects. They will warp, bend, or twist. The wood can also shrink or show splits.

Don’t Install It on New Concrete That Hasn’t Dried Yet

This often happens during a major renovation and you’re in a hurry to get it done. But impatience can lead to mistakes like this. So, you have to wait until the concrete dries out.

So what happens when you’re too impatient to wait? When you install the wood flooring on humid concrete, the wood flooring will absorb the moisture from the concrete. Moisture is the enemy of wood flooring, and so this will bend, warp, or expand the wood flooring.

Don’t Put Your Wood Flooring near Humid Areas

It’s a good thing that most people know enough about wood flooring that they don’t install it in their bathrooms. But that’s not enough. You should also avoid installing it in areas near the bathrooms. That’s still too humid an area to risk your wood flooring

Quite a few people also forget the bathroom isn’t the only place in the house where it can get really humid too. The basement is one such place, so you don’t want to put in your wood flooring there too.

Ignore this bit of advice, and your wood flooring can get pretty ugly pretty fast. The wood will warp and expand, and you’ll need new flooring again.

Don’t Leave Too Large a Space between Wood Boards

Your boards should fit in snugly together when you install it. You don’t want gaps between your floorboards. These gaps can be problematic, since they can attract dirt and also cause people to trip over them. That means you should tap the boards in or use glue to make sure there isn’t too much space in between the boards.

However, don’t forget that you also need an expansion gap between the flooring and the walls. That’s because the wood will expand and contract depending on the humidity levels and the temperature. So there should be a space of about 10 to 15 mm around the edges of the room to give the wood flooring some space to expand.

If You’re Installing Wood Flooring in a Large Room, Don’t Forget the Glue

By a “large room”, we mean a room that’s at least 25 square meters (269 square feet). For a room this big, you need to glue the boards to make sure your wood flooring is stable and durable.

Final Word

Of course, you can just let a pro handle the installation. Trying to do it yourself is a mistake if you’re not really experienced. But if you insist on doing this yourself, just make sure to avoid these common oversights. These tips can save you a lot of time, effort, and money!