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Is Hardwood Floor Installation a DIY Project?

A hardwood floor can completely transform just about any room, but is hardwood floor installation a project you should attempt yourself? These tips can show you the right tools to have on hand and help get things underway.

Tips for your Hardwood Floor Installation

One of the reasons people do projects around the home is the sense of satisfaction that comes with enjoying the fruits of their labor, but it never hurts to save a little money, too. Most hardwood flooring contractors charge about $2 a square foot to install pre-finished hardwood, but rates can vary. If you plan to sand and finish flooring or have a large room with complicated angles, you might be better off hiring a contractor for the work. However, if you have a rectangular room and are using pre-finished flooring, there's no reason why you can't successfully tackle the project. Here are few tools you'll need before starting:

  • Pneumatic or manual angled flooring nailer (can be rented)
  • Flooring nails to fit the nailer
  • Portable table or mitre saw
  • Handsaw
  • Framing square
  • Measuring tape

Always check the room to make sure it's rectangular before starting. If it isn't, you may have to make adjustments so you don't end up at the other end of the room making severe angle cuts.

Lay your flooring out loosely in front of where you're installing so you can get an even distribution of board lengths and color variations. An experienced flooring contractor can install about 20 square feet in an hour; you might want to figure going about half that fast for your first hardwood floor installation.