Tips for Installing Brazilian Cherry Flooring
Brazilian cherry is one of the most popular hardwood flooring species. This type of flooring provides a very elegant and durable flooring option for any home. Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring can be installed fairly easily with the proper knowledge.
Installing Brazilian Cherry Flooring
Step 1 – Measure
To determine how much Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring will be needed, measure the entire room. After finding the length and width of the space that will be covered in Brazilian cherry, multiply the two numbers together to get the square footage. Add 10 percent on to the square footage to account for mistakes and waste.
Step 2 – Preparation
First, remove everything from the room that the Brazilian cherry floor is to be installed in. Bring the Brazilian cherry boards into the room and leave the boards there for between 24 to 48 hours to allow it to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the room. This will prevent expansion and contraction problems later. Using a pry bar, remove the baseboards from the wall.
Step 3 – Felt Paper
Take a roll of felt paper and roll it out over the entire floor.
Step 4 – Start Laying
Take one board and start in a corner of the room. Wedge the piece between the wall and board on each side to provide enough room for the flooring to expand and contract without buckling. Hold the board in place and then use a flooring nailer to shoot nails diagonally down through the tongue of the board. Take another board and slide it into the tongue of the narrow side of the first board, so it is also up against the wall. Place a wedge between the board and the wall and nail the board into the floor. Continue to place boards in this way until a full row is completed.
Step 5 – Making Cuts
At the end of a row, a cut is needed to be made in order to allow the board to fit. Using a saw, make the appropriate cut on a board and then nail it into place.
Step 6 – Continuing
Using the leftover piece from the previous cut as a starter, begin a new row. This will give the floor a staggered look. Slide the cut piece into the tongue of the first board from the first row and then nail it into place. Continue to make vertical rows in this fashion until the entire room is covered.
Step 7 – Finishing up
Once the room is finished, place the original or new baseboards back on the walls to cover up the expansion gap.