A new hardwood floor will greatly improve the look of your home, and may also increase its value for when you sell it. Hiring the right flooring contractor to do the job professionally is key, but you can play a role in the success of the new flooring. The last thing you want is a creaky floor, as the constant sound as people walk across it can be disruptive. Fortunately, this issue is typically easy to address, and you can do the work yourself to save on the cost of the flooring installation. Anyone can complete these steps with a few basic supplies and the right know-how. Here's how to proceed.
Buy The Right Supplies
The process of reducing the creakiness of a hardwood floor begins before the hardwood goes down. When the bare plywood is exposed, perhaps after you've had the other flooring torn up, screwing down a series of screws throughout the floor will increase its stability and reduce any creaking. To complete this job, you'll need a power drill and a large box of floor screws. It's also a good idea to invest in a quality pair of knee pads, as you'll be performing the entire job while kneeling.
Understand The Process
Before you jump into the job, take a minute to survey the room and truly understand what you need to do. When you look at the bare plywood floor, you'll see several straight lines of nails or screws. This hardware is holding the plywood to the flooring joists below; the nails or screws are hammered or screwed along the length of each joist, so the heads of the hardware indicate the placement of the joists. Typically, the hardware will be visible every few inches, although this can differ depending on how the floor is installed. You'll need to drive your screws between each of the existing nails or screws.
Doing The Job
Load a screw in your power drill, kneel so that you're right over the joist, and screw the screw into place. You'll know that it has grabbed hold of the joist when the screw head buries itself into the plywood slightly. Make sure that the screw heads are below the level of the plywood; if they're too high, they'll interfere with the placement of the hardwood flooring. Occasionally, you may miss one of the joists; this is evident when the screw doesn't pull itself down into the plywood. Rather, it will typically get cinched down and then spin. Simply reserve the drill, pull the screw back up, and drive it again. Repeat the process along each of the joists, and you'll be glad you invested time in this project once the hardwood is down.
To learn more, contact a company like K J M Floor Store.