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How to Install Wood Floors in Your Home

Hardwood floors add a timeless quality to any home. They are also fairly easy to install yourself with the proper know-how. Denver flooring company MacDonald Hardwoods is here to help with a tutorial on how to install wood floors in your home.

Hardwood floor installation

You Will Need:

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Tar Paper or Roofing Felt
  • Hardwood Planks
  • Pneumatic Flooring Stapler or a Pneumatic Nail Gun
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Miter Saw
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Baseboard

Pre-Installation Preparation

  1. Hardwood planks should be allowed to adjust to the temperature and humidity of your house anywhere from 48 hours to 2 weeks.
  2. Remove any and all debris from the subfloor that cannot be vacuumed up. Check for any nails or staples left over from the previous flooring.
  3. In order to remove dust, first vacuum the subfloor. Follow up the vacuuming with sweeping and mopping the subfloor.


  1. Install a moisture barrier between the subfloor and the wood planks. The tar paper or roofing felt should be stapled to the subfloor.
  2. Do a dry run. Lay out your wood planks, but don’t nail anything down. In addition to getting a feel for how the flooring works, a dry run will enable you to avoid sudden color shifts and figure out which planks need cutting in order to fit properly.
  3. Lay the first row of planks 3/8 in away from the wall, tongue side facing the wall. Staple or nail the planks down every 6-8 inches.
  4. The next rows should go down about the same as the first. Tap the planks on the groove side with the rubber mallet to make sure you get a good fit.
  5. Use an awl and hammer to tap down any raised nail heads.
  6. Install baseboard around the walls to finish up.

In addition to hardwood floors and installation supplies, MacDonald Hardwoods offers installation training classes. If you have any additional questions or want to find out about classes, contact us at 800-639-3006.