Flooring and how to install wood floors

Before we jump into learning how to install wood floors and other types of
finish work
we need to continue the building process, we need to finish the second layer of the floor. The first layer was put on when we did the framework.

The floor joists were covered by a layer of plywood called the sub floor. This layer of plywood is the only layer of flooring up until the finish work gets started.

We don’t put the second layer on immediately after the first layer because it can get damaged by building materials, careless workers, and weather.

The second layer of flooring is called the “under layment”. It is usually either particleboard or plywood. It doesn’t matter which one you use.


You will want to get a good fit with the underlayment. This is one of those areas where you will be cussing yourself if your foundation is out of square.

It’s really important to get a good fit in the more open areas of the floor. Gaps can be filled with flooring putty to prevent uneven areas that can cause excessive wear on carpets and even make holes and bare spots.

Screws help hold the sub floor and the underlayment together better than nails to prevent squeaky floors.

underlayment flooring

The second layer of flooring will make the floors much stronger. It’s definitely a lot of work to fit each piece into place especially around toilet flanges and up against the walls.

When this is completed the floors will have a consistent flow from one room to another. This gives the home a more completed look and feel.

hardwood floors

Once the second floor is done, we can start preparing for the floor coverings and finishes. There are several options to choose from and they are all fairly close in cost.

We can choose carpeting, wood flooring, vinyl (linoleum), or tile. Some kinds of wood flooring are very expensive, so be sure to shop around for good quality, but a good price.

If you go to a flooring store, the salesmen will probably try to sell you something pricey. If you have a Lowes or a Home Depot handy, any of the salespeople will help you find something of good quality that’s in your price range.

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