Wood flooring is one of the most popular choices for both residential and commercial spaces, and there’s all kinds of options for color, texture and quality. Like most flooring jobs, the key to success is proper installation. Flooring installers should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for what needs to be done before, during and after the installation.
Wood flooring comes in boxes to the job site. Because of the natural and unique nature of wood, there can be slight differences in the appearance. One of the key steps when installing a wood floor is to mix boxes of wood so that there is no discernible difference when the wood is all laid out. If the installer just opens one box and installs it, then moves to the second box, there may be a real difference in the appearance of the planks when viewed side by side. Mixing the boxes of wood, or taking wood pieces from each box alternatively, ensures that the patterns are varied and spread throughout the floor area.
Installers should follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to how many boxes of wood to mix, but the general rule is to use a minimum of two. Because the desired result for wood flooring is to look unique yet cohesive, this is the best way for installers to ensure even distribution of wood pieces.