It is a smart decision to purchase hardwood floors for your home. Hardwood flooring’s unmistakable elegance and style will instantly improve any room’s look and feel. Its durability and ease-of-upkeep will be a plus, as well as the potential to increase the resale price of your home.
After you have completed your purchase, you will likely need the services of an experienced installer to complete this difficult home improvement project. It is helpful to be aware of what to expect during installation.
How to Prepare Your House
By getting your home ready for installation before the installers arrive, you can cut down on the time it takes and make it easier for them. Take everything off the floor, including small and personal items. You should remove all furniture and disconnect any electronics. Installations and removal of hardwood floors can generate a lot dust so it is important to remove draperies and paintings. To prevent dust infiltration, you might want to cover furniture and other items in adjacent rooms.
Plan to have new baseboards installed after flooring is completed if you are thinking about installing them. You may be able to save money by installing quarter-round molding or shoe molding, depending on the condition of your sub-floor and walls. To allow the installers to place wood planks close to walls, remove any baseboards and base molding.
Hardwood Floor Installation Process
Hardwood floors can disrupt your family’s daily life for a short time. A two-person crew can lay between 800 and 1,000 square feet of flooring per hour. The project may take anywhere from one to three days depending on how large the planks are and the size of your room. You will need to consider the removal and any preparation work. You won’t have access to the room or be able pass through it during this time.
Also, you can expect noise from power tools and hammering. Dust is created by cutting and removing. Unfinished hardwood will need to be sanded before staining or finishing. Although many professionals now use dustless sanding systems to reduce dust production, it won’t eliminate it completely.
To give your hardwood floor a more personal touch and to preserve its beauty, staining or other finishing options may be available. You might need to wait several days depending on the type of finish and whether adhesives were used to bond the planks. Water-based finishes are more durable than oil-based finishes and take up less time drying. Some floors can be dry in three days. However, most area rugs need to remain off the floor for seven to ten business days. You can typically walk on your new floor within a few hours of the finishing coat being applied or installation. Ask your installers for confirmation.
Walk on Wood Offers Expert Hardwood Floor Installation Service
Walk on Wood offers a professional, fast hardwood floor installation service that will transform your home’s look. Our team has extensive experience with different flooring types. We will complete the job quickly and efficiently, while minimizing the disruptions and mess. We are also experts in hardwood sanding, refinishing, and other related services.
For more information about hardwood floor installation, contact us today. To help you choose the right flooring for your home, we can schedule an in-home consultation.