Installing hardwood flooring in your home can transform your living space. With a variety of types available, hardwood floor installation can be customized to coordinate with any style of décor. If you’re thinking about hardwood installation for your home, there are some things for you to consider about each step of the process before you move forward. If you’re looking to install hardwood flooring in your home, find a local flooring store with experts and installers that help you get the right hardwood flooring for your needs.
Step 1 – Choosing the Correct Hardwood Floor
Flooring America offers many different types of hardwood flooring brands for you to choose to ensure your new hardwood flooring is a perfect fit for your home. Moisture is bad news for hardwood flooring, and can lead to warping, bowing, splitting and cracking. Most hardwood flooring isn’t appropriate for humid areas; however, engineered hardwood installation can be used in some cases. Our professional installers have the equipment necessary to measure a home’s humidity levels, room by room, and to recommend the absolute best floor for your needs.
Step 2 – Getting Rid of the Old Floor
Removing existing flooring can be like stepping back in time. You might find layer after layer of flooring that needs to be removed. You can assume you’re approaching a project that seems simple and straightforward, and then you discover that the old tile floor was placed on top of several layers of vinyl! Pulling up the old flooring thoroughly isn’t easy, and disposing of the waste afterward can be difficult. Having our professional installers do the work can save you the task of stripping off each layer of flooring, and they’ll clean up all the trash afterward.
Step 3 – Preparing the Sub-Floor
The process of removing any existing flooring can leave gouges in your sub-floor. While you might not think this is problematic – after all, it’s going to be covered by your new flooring – it actually is. Even a gouge a fraction of an inch in depth can leave your new flooring squeaking and bouncing. Leveling a sub-floor is crucial. In fact, some “fixes” lead to structural issues that can only be solved after consulting a structural engineer.
Step 4 – Preparing the New Floor
Your new hardwood flooring has to rest inside your home, acclimating to your home’s particular humidity and temperature. This process can take up to a week and a half. Installing hardwood flooring during extreme temperature seasons such as summer or winter can be a mistake without the proper precautions and it can affect the look and feel of the flooring down the road.
Step 5 – Putting Down the Flooring
Laying a hardwood floor properly has everything to do with placing the first few boards. Properly set, these boards allow for an easy installation. Done improperly, your flooring will have gaps and not lay evenly. Because your home isn’t just one large square, you’re going to have to know how to work around walls, vents and doorways and know how to transition to different flooring types in other rooms. Only years of experience in installing hardwood flooring can address these types of concerns.
Each hardwood flooring purchase with installation from us at Flooring America comes with a lifetime installation warranty. If your hardwood flooring has a problem years down the road related to installation, we will make your flooring right again. With more than 500 locations nationwide and our Five Star Selection System, you can be sure that you’re in good hands when you’re choosing long lasting, durable hardwood for your home or a commercial space.
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