There are many ways in which you can install hardwood flooring, and the method you choose will depend on the type of flooring you are installing. Solid hardwood typically comes in the form of parquet flooring, strips, or planks. Laminate wood flooring on the other hand typically requires other methods for installation.
Whether you purchase laminate flooring or solid hardwood, the installation instructions should be easily found on the flooring packaging. Following these instructions, laminate floors are normally quite easy to install. Laminate flooring should be kept in it's packaging until your ready to install it. Solid hardwood, on the other hand, should be removed from it's packaging beforehand so it can adjust to the humidity level in the room it will be installed in before it's installed.
Whether or not your installation is successful depends on careful planning. You must pay complete and total attention even to the smallest of details. The surfaces upon which you are installing the floors must be carefully swept and vacuumed in order to insure that there is no dust or debris in the foundation for your new floors.
It's also very important to make sure you correctly measure the area that requires new flooring to determine how much new flooring is required. To prevent issues it's always best to measure three times to make sure your numbers are right. The staff at your local hardware store can help you to determine how much flooring you need to purchase if you provide them with the measurements of the area you will be working on. By doing this you can avoid purchasing too much or too little flooring.
Glueless laminate flooring is typically very easy to install, which makes it a popular choice. This type of flooring doesn't require glue or nails and has a kind of tongue and groove design which allows the pieces to pop into place.
Before installation your new flooring, check out how the light enters the room. The planks should be installed towards your hallway lighting and should always be installed lengthwise.
The instructions for the installation of laminate flooring will tell you everything you need to go from how to lay the first plank against the wall to how to place spacers whenever they are needed. With hardwood flooring you should always begin in a corner and use a full plank as the first board in your row. You should also place a spacer between the flooring and the wall in order to maintain a ½ inch gap.
With all of these things to remember, the most important is to follow the instructions provided with the flooring materials you purchase. Each type of flooring will have different requirements and each manufacturer may have slightly different advice. The instructions they provide are meant to make your installation the easiest it can be.