Before, During, and After Your Laminate Floor Installation
FURNITURE IS THE FIRST STEP
Remove 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. Before moving, you’ll also need to empty the contents of china cabinets, closets, and the like.
Be aware that the area of installation must be climate controlled (heated or air-conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR 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.
If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, do it at least one day prior to the arrival of your laminate product to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing the old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR TRIM
In many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for laminate 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.
SUBFLOORING IS NEXT
Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the laminate, 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. It is important that the subfloor be as clean and level as possible.
DOORS NEED YOUR ATTENTION
When laminate is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially closet doors, basement, and bedroom doors, may not clear the new laminate and swing free.
Some installers will remove doors in order to install the laminate and re-hang them if possible. They probably won’t shave or cut down doors to insure clearance. You should check with us as to their policy and the cost. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new laminate floor.
FOLLOW-UP ON THE CLEAN-UP
Installing new laminate 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.
What to know and do during installation day
INSTALLATION DAY IS A STAY-AT-HOME DAY
Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available in case the installation crew has questions. Your presence will insure that the correct laminate 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 updated on the installer’s schedule.
YOUR SAFETY IS A TOP PRIORITY
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 A KEY STEP
We recommend that you walk through the job with the chief installer prior to the completion of the installation. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear on any final details.
What to know and do after installation day
AIR ON THE HEALTHY SIDE
If you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation.
BE IN THE KNOW BY HAVING A PLAN
Being prepared for installation day through careful planning and smart preparation will make your life and the installers a lot easier. It will also make your laminate flooring experience enjoyable right from day one.