What Goes Under Hardwood Floors?
Due to its resilience, beauty, and adaptability, hardwood flooring is a popular option for homes and businesses. To guarantee correct installation and long-lasting results, it is essential to understand the subfloor prior to laying hardwood flooring.
- A moisture barrier is the first item installed beneath hardwood flooring. This is a thin layer of plastic or other waterproof material that is put over the subfloor to prevent moisture from causing harm to the wood and in regions with high humidity or a history of water leaks, moisture barriers are particularly crucial.
- The moisture barrier is then covered with a layer of underlayment. The underlayment is a thin layer of cushioning material that offers a flat surface for installing hardwood planks. Additionally, it aids with sound absorption and provides insulation. The most prevalent form of underlayment is constructed of foam and sold in rolls.
- Following the installation of the subfloor, the hardwood planks may be laid out and placed. Depending on the kind of hardwood flooring and the manufacturer’s requirements, the planks are generally nailed or glued to the subfloor.
- Finally once the hardwood flooring has been laid, adequate maintenance is required. This involves sweeping or vacuuming frequently to remove dirt and debris, as well as utilizing a hardwood floor cleaner to clean and maintain the floor’s appearance.
- Before installing hardwood flooring, it is essential to install a moisture barrier and underlayment to avoid moisture damage and create a smooth surface for the planks. Proper care will also contribute to the longevity of the hardwood flooring.
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