HARDWOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS
How to Install Hardwood Flooring
Tips to prepare for installation day
Hardwood flooring is one of the most difficult types of flooring to install, and we always recommend locating a professional installation service to complete your project the way you want it.
Professional installers will have the experience and equipment necessary to ensure that your floors settle and wear the way they were intended, maximizing the lifespan of your floors and keeping your warranty valid. If you’ve never had hardwood floors installed, here’s what to expect from the process.
What to expect while shopping for hardwood
If you have questions about the installation methods used for certain products available here at Znet Flooring, we’re here to help. Contact us about any purchase you’re unsure of, and we’ll provide the info you need to be successful in a timely manner.
Once you have your new product, reach out to an installer you trust – preferably one with solid reviews and good communication. The details of what you need to do before installation should all be handled over the phone.
A checklist of info to clarify with your installer ahead of time:
- Do they also do floor removal? Or will you need to hire a separate service?
- Will they inspect or repair your subfloors? If not, you may need to complete repairs yourself or hire another service.
- Will they move your heavy furniture? If not, arrange to have all furniture and décor cleared from the installation area before your team arrives.
- Will they need access to power supplies or storage?
You should also make sure, if you’re having your hardwood delivered, that you allow enough time for the flooring to acclimate to your home’s climate before installation. For hardwood, this typically takes about two days.
What to expect during and after hardwood installation
Your team should arrive on a pre-determined day at a scheduled time. Have a member of your household, age 18 or older, available to greet your installers and show them to their worksite.
You should expect some level of noise, dust, and odor throughout the duration of the installation, which may need to span across multiple days depending on the scope of the project. Keep children and pets away from the work area for their safety.
Once installation is complete, do a walk-through with your installer to discuss any questions you may have. You may need to allow a few days of ventilation for any lingering odors to dissipate. Your installer will also likely advise you of how long you need to stay off your new floors after installation, if at all.