How long should a DIY hardwood flooring installation take?

Answered by Brett Kulina ~ April 16, 2013 ~ No Comments

How much time does it take to lay (nail down) a 3/4-inch hardwood floor over a subfloor including removing old carpet? I am working by myself but may hire someone to layout next run and also cut boards.

John B.

Brett Kulina

John, depending on the size and complexity of your project, installing hardwood flooring can be a DIY-friendly project that can be completed in a couple of days. That being said, some flooring projects can take weeks to complete and require the expertise of an experienced flooring contractor.

Here are a few tips to keep your flooring project simple and straightforward:

  1. Start with pre-finished hardwood flooring, because it is ready to be installed right out of the box. Installing raw wood flooring requires lots of sanding and finishing, which for some can be the most difficult aspect of a flooring job. Likewise, if you purchase unfinished wood flooring that is not fully kiln-dried, then you run the risk of the wood eventually shrinking, which will cause noticeable gaps to appear between the floor boards.
  2. Use the right tool for the job. Cutting and installing even the most basic wood floor layout usually requires a pneumatic nail gun, a miter saw, a jig saw, and a table saw. If you don't own these tools, consider saving money by renting them from your local tool rental shop.
  3. Hire a helper. A second set of hands can come in handy when you are removing the old carpet or laying out the new floor boards for installation. It can also be a real time saver to have one person work the saw, while a second person calls out the measurements and installs the boards.

A few other tips for keeping your project running smoothly are to stay organized, keep your work space clean, and only tackle one room at a time. With all of your materials on site and a helper at hand, you may be surprised what you can accomplish in a single weekend. Good luck with your flooring project!

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