Being prepared will make the entire process go faster, more efficiently, and hopefully eliminate any surprises. Make sure you have a seasoned, dedicated professional hired so you can be assured that you will receive a beautiful, efficient, and correct installation.
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the hardwood or a new subfloor may be required. It is important that the subfloor be as clean and level as possible. All hardwood products need to be acclimated to the new environment for at least four to five days prior to installation. The area of installation must be climate controlled and indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.
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What To Expect The Day Your Hardwood Flooring Is Installed
Plan on being home on installation day. Be prepared to be available in case the installers have questions. Your installers will use a variety of tools that can make the work area hazardous. Please be sure that children and pets are kept out of the area on installation day.
When hardwood is installed, there is always the possibility that the doors may not clear the new hardwood and swing freely. Some installers will remove doors in order to install the hardwood and rehang them. You may need to arrange for a carpenter to shave or cut down doors to ensure clearance.
Prior to the completion of the installation, do a walk through with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and to be clear on any final details.
What To Do After Your Hardwood Floors Are Installed
Good ventilation should be established for 48-72 hours after installation. Usually, the waste materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collections site but check with us, so you are clear about the cleanup. Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.