Whether your floor needs minor fixes or a full-scale replacement, having the right tools and equipment will make your project much easier. Different types of flooring projects will require different tools, so it’s important to do your research and understand what you’ll need in advance. In this blog, we’ll cover much information that can help you determine the tools and equipment you should have, but always feel free to call our team and ask any questions that come up as you tackle your DIY flooring project.
Basic DIY Flooring Equipment for Projects Overall
Let’s start with safety – before you even start a project you need to be sure that you have the right protective gear for yourself. When doing a flooring project, you may encounter dust and other flooring particles, and you’re also working with tools that can cause cuts or bruising. Safety goggles, a dust mask and vapor respirator, sturdy footwear, heavy gloves and an apron and knee pads are all personal protective equipment that can keep you safe as you work on the project.
Leveling tools are important for all flooring projects, as they help ensure that your flooring surface is uniformly horizontal. There are two types of leveling tools that you can use based on the type of floor you are working with:
- Carpenter’s Level – Use for wood, luxury vinyl, engineered hardwood or laminate flooring
- 4 Foot Level – Use for concrete or tile flooring
Have a measuring tape handy before and throughout your project. The old adage measure twice, cut once is true for all DIY projects! Accurate measurements help reduce waste, make your installation easier and ensure the project turns out the way you want it to.
A chalk line is a simple tool that allows you to mark long, straight lines while laying out your flooring. While you can use a straight edge, a chalk line is much more effective for making precise lines over longer distances.
DIY Tools for Hardwood Flooring Projects
Whether you’re installing a brand new hardwood floor, or tearing up an old, beat up hardwood floor to install a different kind of flooring, having the right tools will make the job a lot easier. Four tools to consider buying, borrowing or renting before you get started on a hardwood flooring project are:
- Rubble Hammer – applies force to tighten the planks of hardwood flooring
- Pry-Bar – Use to remove old hardwood flooring planks
- Table Saw – Use to accurately make angled or straight cuts through the hardwood planks
- Drill Machine – Use when you need to make holes in hardwood planks
DIY Tools for Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is often installed in areas that might have awkward angles or tight spaces, so it’s important to have the right tools to help you measure and cut. Smoothly and securely applying the flooring is also crucial to ensure the flooring looks good and is functional for years to come. The following tools can help you measure, cut and smoothly apply vinyl flooring:
- Carpenter’s Square – Use to accurately measure the angles of cuts on the flooring material
- Utility Knife – Use to easily cut the vinyl flooring into the right size and shape
- Trowel – Use to spread adhesive evenly on the floor
- 100 Pound Roller – Use to smooth and secure the flooring and lessen the appearance of seams in the flooring
DIY Tools for Carpet Flooring
When you install carpeting, you add a sense of comfort to a room. An accurate fit, smooth installation and fewer, less obvious seams will help you enjoy the carpet each time you step on it. Have the following tools ready to make sure you’re able to successfully get your carpet installed:
- Carpet Steam Roller – Use to join two separate pieces of carpet at the seam
- Large Magnet – Helps you remove staples, nails or other metal materials from carpet you need to remove from a space
- Carpet Tape – Use to firmly secure carpet to the floor and to eliminate obvious seams
- Power Stretcher – Use to stretch carpet so it fits better in a space
- Staple Gun – Use to secure the carpet into the floor with heavy-duty staples
Get in Touch
The team at Floor Systems is here to help with any DIY flooring project you’re planning. Whether you’re just getting started and need to pick out flooring, or you’re in the midst of an installation and have a question about tools, we’re here to help. Reach out to us at (207) 353-6690.