The old saying "your floor is only as good as your subfloor" still rings true today. Before installing hardwood, you must first prepare the subfloor. The subfloor is a platform that serves as a base for the finished hardwood floor. An irregular subfloor can make hardwood floors uneven, and make the installation process difficult. By first smoothing out uneven areas in the subfloor, you will make the hardwood installation process that much easier.
The method you should use to level your subfloor depends on the type of subfloor you have. If your subfloors are made with wood, you can level them with a floor edger. This can be purchased at a local hardwood store. A plywood subfloor can be leveled off with latex floor leveler for the low spots, and an orbit sander for the high spots. Concrete subfloors can be leveled with a concrete grinder and a leveling compound.
In order to check the flatness of a subfloor, lay a straight and long piece of lumber across the floor. This should help you distinguish any dips there are in the subfloor. Mark all problem areas with a pencil so you know what needs to be addressed. Dust is a common result of an uneven subfloor, so before you begin, make sure that you cover all cabinetry and furniture.
If you feel that leveling a subfloor for hardwood installation is too difficult for you, consider hiring a flooring professional. While it may cost you extra money, the end result is well worth it. You can contact a floor professional in your local area today by using the FindAnyFloor.com search tool on the homepage.