Installing a wood floor is not something to be left up to amateurs or inexperienced DIY home owners. To get a long-lasting wood floor that looks beautiful and performs up to industry standards, someone with experience should be the one to do the installation. One of the rookie mistakes that take place when putting in a wood floor is getting the wood pieces out of rack.
Racking is the act of setting out the floor pieces before it is stapled or nailed down to ensure that overall appearance and color are what the customer wants. It also gives the installers the chance to plan out how the end joints will be placed so they are not stacked up next to each other or that there are too many joints along a wall or entryway.
When mistakes are made in the racking of a hardwood floor, it can lead to a shabby appearance and less than stellar floor performance. Some of the problems that layout mistakes can cause include a lightning bolt appearance, stair step look, H-joints or end joints that are simply too close together. Installers should also reserve the longest pieces for starting spots and ending spots to make the wood flooring look more uniform.
A considerable amount of time and effort are required for a wood floor to look its best, and installers should definitely put their focus on proper placement so that the flooring is not out of rack.