WHICH DIRECTION SHOULD I LAY MY HARDWOOD FLOORING?

Your timber flooring was delivered last week along with your installer is scheduled to come over tomorrow morning to install your hardwood floors. What seemed so intuitive in the shop now seems overwhelming with the decision you have to make on which path to put in your hardwood flooring. In the end, this may be a choice you’ll need to live with for quite a while. Fortunately, we are here in order to assist you in making the appropriate decision.

The way in which you put in hardwood flooring planks is dictated by various factors which we will cover in this section. Factors such as visual aesthetics, structural integrity, and the setup process should all be considered when installing your hardwood flooring.

Take into Account the Subfloor
The first factor we must consider is the subfloor and procedure of installation. If the subfloor is concrete, structural considerations for direction will have little influence on the functioning of your flooring. But if we put in together with the more conventional nail down method over plywood, then the direction of the floor joist must be taken into account. The general guideline would be to put in vertical to the floor joist, doing so will allow the floor to keep its structural integrity if the joists sag. Exceptions could be made with the use of further subfloor use to fortify the present subfloor.

The very best way to show off those visually stunning planks may not be quite as straightforward. Interior designers frequently agree it’s preferred to run your hardwood floors straight in from the front entrance. This gives visitors a sense of openness flowing into your property. Hallways should aim to have boards running in the same direction. Directional adjustments must be avoided to give the floors a more constant flow. However, these are best used to designate a special area such as a dining room or study. If it comes to aesthetics, these are just general guidelines as each home should have its own unique feel. One might even consider an angled installation to better match the design.

Just remember to allow your installer understand before they start. When in doubt, install perpendicular to the joist. You might choose to consult with the manufacturer of your floors or your flooring store to be certain you are following their instructions to keep the warranty intact. In case you’ve got specific questions, let us know.

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