If you want to install a new set of hardwood floors this fall, you need to know how to run them. Not sure what that means? In that case, you’re in the right place. Here are some suggestions for how to run your newly-installed hardwood flooring.
You’ll want to be sure that your hardwood flooring lasts as long as possible. That’s why you should install them perpendicular to the floor joists. If you don’t know how to do this, you can always rely on the expertise of flooring professionals like the ones at JKE Hardwood Flooring.
If you run the floors parallel instead of perpendicular, then you’ll be unsatisfied with the results. That’s because parallel floorboards present several problems that will annoy you to no end. For instance, they will start to sag. A sagging hardwood floor is hard to walk on. Or they might start to squeak, and a squeaky floorboard can be a problem, especially if they’re in the stairs and you want to go downstairs for a midnight snack. Don’t wake everyone else in the house up, especially if you have noisy pets who are easily startled. The only exception is if you have concrete subfloors. If you do, then you run your floors in any direction that you want.
How It Looks
The next thing to account for is how your new hardwood flooring will look once it’s been installed. Lay the flooring down so that it runs from the entrance to the wall opposite the door. That will give you the best sight lines into the room. It also helps to open the room up and not make it feel so claustrophobic, especially if it’s a small room. Sometimes, though you can install the hardwood floors diagonally; this can create some unexpected interest, especially if no one else you know does it.
But if you’re planning on replacing one section of flooring, you need to be more careful. Make sure the new hardwood runs in the same direction as the old hardwood does. That way it doesn’t feel chaotic or out of place, especially as you walk from one room into the next. Try adding some plywood under the flooring. This can improve the aesthetic and stop other problems such as squeaking, creaking, and gapping.
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When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.