Now that you’ve chosen the perfect hardwood for your home, you may be wondering what happens next. Having a better understanding of the process can help you properly prepare for the most important part of your flooring purchase, the installation of your hardwood flooring.
Once the project has begun, every room in which a flooring installation will be taking place should be off limits to you and your family until the installation is complete. Regardless of your installation timeline, there is always the possibility of unforeseen problems so make sure you build in an extra few days into your time table.
You will need to set aside some time to move any furniture out of the installation room and possibly contract a third party to assist in moving any oversized furniture or heavy appliances. It is important to have the room clear before the installers arrive.
If you live in a climate-controlled home, your hardwood may be ready to install as soon as you bring it home. There are certain times during periods of extreme temperature, when your flooring may need to acclimate. This means it will need to sit somewhere inside your home in an unused room for a few days while it adjusts to the temperature and moisture conditions of your home. If you need to acclimate you will have a few stacks of flooring to work around before the installation begins.
The next several days could be rather noisy as the contractor cuts and installs your flooring. Most installers will set up outside and use dust containment equipment but you should still expect dust to collect as the flooring is installed. If there are any issues with your subfloor, they will need to be dealt with before the installation can continue.
We advise you to stay off the newly installed floors for a small amount of time to allow any adhesives to set. As you move your furniture back we suggest felt pads on the bottom of any furniture. This will minimize scratches or dents. We suggest a plumber connect appliances that were moved during the installation process to insure there are no leaks. After all, you don’t want to risk damaging your beautiful new floors.