Before, During, and After Your Hardwood Floor Installation
We want you to know what to do and know what to expect on that special day when the crew shows up to install your beautiful new hardwood floor. Being prepared will make the entire process go faster, more efficiently and hopefully eliminate any surprises.
Start by removing all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas where the installation will take place. Some installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge for doing so. Be aware that the area of installation must be climate controlled (heated or air-conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.
NOW TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE OLD FLOOR COVERING
Please consider how your old floor covering will be taken up and disposed of. This can be a time-consuming task. We recommend that you check with us about the cost and the method of disposal.
HAVE A PLAN IN MIND REGARDING YOUR TRIM
You should know that, in many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for hardwood installation. Your installer may do this, but at an additional charge, and they will probably not be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood.
Painted baseboards, woodwork, and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.
THE NEXT SUBJECT: SUBFLOORING
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the hardwood, or a new subfloor may be required. We suggest you discuss this with us and, if subfloor work is necessary, that it be done by qualified professionals. The subfloor must be as clean and level as possible.
DOORS REQUIRE SPECIAL CONSIDERATION
When hardwood is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially closet doors, basement, and bedroom doors, may not clear the new hardwood and swing free.
Some installers will remove doors to install the hardwood and re-hang them if possible. They probably won’t shave or cut down doors to ensure clearance. Please check with us regarding our policy. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after installing your new hardwood floor.
BE CLEAR ABOUT THE CLEAN-UP
Installing new hardwood will produce waste.
Usually, these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Check with us before the day of installation, so you’re clear about the clean-up if there are added costs to do so, and ask about the plan for hardwood remnants.
What to know and do during installation day
YOU NEED TO BE HOME ON INSTALLATION DAY
Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available if the installation crew has questions. Your presence will ensure that the correct hardwood is installed in the right areas. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival. We will keep you informed on the schedule.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
THE WALK-THRU IS AN IMPORTANT STEP
We recommend that you walk through the job with the chief installer before the completion of the installation. This will allow you to ask questions and be clear on any final details.
What to know and do after installation day
GIVE YOUR LUNGS A BREAK
If you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation.