Four Tips for Installing Brazilian Teak
Not sure if you're ready to install Brazilian hardwood flooring in your home? Well, we couldn't blame you. Exotic hardwoods, like teak, can be very difficult to work with and can cause homeowners to stress out over installation. Check out these awesome installation tips before you decide to add Brazilian teak flooring.
Temperature and Humidity – One of the most common reasons homeowners freak out before installing teak, specifically Brazilian teak, is its sensitivity to temperature and humidity. One frustrating discovery many homeowners learn after installing Brazilian teak is that the planks easily shrink, expand, or separate due to changes in temperature and humidity. Don't let this happen to you; when boards expand and contract, they could become damaged, and you could find yourself re-flooring the room all over again. So, instead of installing your Brazilian teak flooring as soon as it arrives, let it sit for a while. Simply open up the packaging, lay the boards out, and let them sit for a few days. This will allow the boards to acclimate to your home's temperature and humidity. After a few days, your boards should be ready to be installed and shouldn't expand or shrink unless the temperature in your home drastically changes.
Moisture Guard – Now that your boards have acclimated, you don't want them affected by any moisture locked up in your subfloor boards. In order to protect your Brazilian teak, lay a medium-to-thick layer of flooring plastic down on your subfloor before installing. This will keep any moisture from seeping into your new hardwood flooring.
Stagger the Seams – When it comes to installing, make sure you stagger the seams in the wood. You don't want the seams to line up, because this could weaken the integrity of your floor. Instead, make sure you vary the length of the floorboards as you lay them and pay attention to where the seams are before placing the next board.
Setting Nails – Brazilian teak is an extremely hard species, so nailing them to the subfloor could be challenging. You may need to drill pilot holes in the teak or use a nail gun to get the nails to fully go through. If you're using a nail gun, make sure to hold the gun firmly in place to prevent any recoil. Recoil could cause the nail to not fully imbed itself in the subflooring.