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A Couple Things to Consider When Laying Out a Wood Floor

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A Couple Things to Consider When Laying Out a Wood Floor
December 30, 2016

A Couple Things to Consider When Laying Out a Wood Floor

One of the biggest trends in flooring today is the use of reclaimed wood as wood flooring. Whether you desire reclaimed wood, plank tongue and groove, or glue down wood, these floors add value and character to any home and care should be taken when determining the layout configuration. As in many cases, the flooring longevity starts with a good installation and appropriate consideration for layout aesthetics. If you decide to install the wood flooring yourself, there are some important factors that will need to be considered before you begin. We will take a short look at some of the most important aspects that will help your wood floor project be a success.

Every wood floor installation project will have to begin somewhere. Of course, the question that occurs each and every time is “Where to start?” In a simple rectangular room, the starting point will be at one of the walls. If the wood flooring continues into other rooms of the home, then you have to do a little surveying to find an ideal location to start that will make the transition into other rooms easier. When inspecting the area, you will also want to look for a starting point that will allow for the fewest rejoining points. These rejoining points are things such as cabinets, staircases, and other objects that are found in the middle of the rooms that will cause you to work around and rejoin on the other side of the objects. It takes care and planning to rejoin and stay on the same line.

It is also a great idea to consider the visual effect of the wood floor. No matter where you start the floor, you will want the transition to other rooms to be as concealed as you can. For example, let’s consider there are two rooms with a doorway located in the middle between the rooms. You will want to the wood to cross the doorway parallel to the horizontal wall. If you start at the end of one wall and it is not perfectly square, the wood may cross the door unevenly. It is better to have the uneven boards at the end of the wall instead of crossing the doorway in an uneven manner. So in this situation you will want to measure from the wall where the doors are located. In this manner you will keep the uneven boards against the wall. You can cut the wood boards to fit the wall and this can be easily concealed with moldings.

No matter what type of wood flooring you choose for your home, careful and proper planning should be the very first step. One way to observe the proper layout of the wood flooring is to draw a diagram of your home on graph paper. This will help you to visualize the obstacles that you will need to work around. Not only will it help you to determine the proper layout of the flooring it will also help you to determine the best direction of the wood flooring that will be installed. If you have any doubt you may want to contact a professional flooring contractor or a building contractor. At any rate, many folks choose to install their own floors, so don’t hesitate to conduct the research, planning, and preparation, and go ahead and go for it! You will love your new wood floor for years to come.